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Designated Safeguarding & Mental Capacity Lead

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Designated Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Lead to join Blind Veterans UK. This is a new role and will be pivotal in ensuring that the charity is operating to the best of its ability in safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults. 

Working with internal and external stakeholders the Designated Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Lead will be responsible for the oversight of all matters relating to safeguarding and mental capacity whilst ensuring a high level of quality assurance and developing best practice standards.

This role requires excellent leadership and communication skills which will engage, inspire, and motivate others. As part of the operations directorate, the post holder will share responsibility for creating a highly positive and solution focused working culture, reflecting the organisational values, culture, and vision for leading change.

21 hours per week (part time)

Details

  • Salary: £26,040 to £28,933 (regional pay applies / depending on location)
  • Job Type: Management
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Location: Home based
  • Closing Date: 5pm on 2 Sept 2022

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Bringing experience and knowledge that qualifies the role of subject matter expert to be assumed. This will include but is not limited to Safeguarding Adults and Children and Mental Capacity across the four jurisdictions of the United Kingdom.
  • Lead on job related policy promotion and education of all members of staff within the organisation.
  • Manage oversight of the performance and compliance of safeguarding and mental capacity practices.
  • Lead on charity governance structures in areas relating to the job role by ensuring risk is mitigated and managed and best practice standards are upheld.

About the role

The purpose of the role

As the organisational Designated Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Lead you will act as the main source of support, advice, and expertise in these areas and be responsible for ensuring that best practice standards are developed and upheld.

This post will have four overarching requirements:

  • Act as a subject matter expert in key areas of service delivery. This will include but is not limited to Safeguarding Adults and Children and Mental Capacity across the four jurisdictions of the United Kingdom.
  • Lead on job related policy promotion and education of all members of staff within the organisation.
  • Manage oversight of the performance and compliance of safeguarding and mental capacity practices.
  • Lead on charity governance structures in areas relating to the job role by ensuring risk is mitigated and managed and best practice standards are upheld.

Main accountabilities

Act as a Subject Matter Expert:

  • Research developments in the areas of Safeguarding and Mental Capacity. This will involve reviewing case law, Safeguarding Adult/Children Reviews (SARs), scholarly articles and changes in government policy/guidance and how this translates to operational practice.
  • Provide effective oversight, advice and support in promoting evidence based best practice in safeguarding and mental capacity to managers and frontline staff working with vulnerable adults.
  • Lead the implementation of external policy and best practice recommendations in the fields of safeguarding and mental capacity.
  • Represent the charity at external themed meetings/events.

 

Policy Promotion and Education:

  • Lead the design, implementation and delivery of the charities safeguarding and mental capacity training Programme
  • Work with the People Development Team to establish Safeguarding and Mental Capacity champions who can support in the delivery of training and provide oversight in safeguarding practices across the organisation.
  • Provider leadership by using creative means to engage with key stakeholders and create a culture of safeguarding that becomes integral in how the organisation operates at every level.
  • Manage the development and reviewing of policies, guidelines, and protocols in the areas of safeguarding and mental capacity ensuring they remain up to date, relevant and reflect best practice.

 

Performance and compliance:

  • Responsible for monitoring progression and closure of open action items via the monitoring system.
  • Provider leadership in ensuring that safeguarding practice meets the requirements of the Care Quality Commission and Care Inspectorate Wales standards and contribute to the achievement of a good or outstanding CQC rating across all services.
  • Work collaboratively across directorates to develop and implement systems that monitor and audit safeguarding and mental capacity practices, performance, and compliance.
  • Conducting internal audits, working in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders to ensure continuous learning from the referrals and investigations and identify emerging trends
  • Monitor and evaluate performance, including scrutiny of performance data, understanding what is driving performance levels and making recommendations to the safeguarding committee in how to improve performance.
  • Work collaboratively with our Member Engagement Team to champion and promote safeguarding and mental capacity practices for people with disabilities ensuring that reasonable adjustments are made as required under the Equality Act.

Governance:

  • Furnish the safeguarding committee with the necessary reports to allow strategic oversight for all aspects of safeguarding work across the organisation.
  • Identify, respond and escalate, as appropriate, organisational risk related to safeguarding and mental capacity.
  • Lead in the initiation of improvements in charity working practices, systems, and procedures to support effective safeguarding and mental capacity practice.
  • Act as a member of the Safeguarding Committee to ensure board assurance is maintained and provided via agreed escalation, communication and reporting channels.

Qualifications, experience and skills

Essential:

A professional qualification in Social Work, Nursing Occupational Therapy, or other rehabilitation profession

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of HM Forces and the armed forces community.
  • Knowledge of services and resources available for adults with disabilities and sight loss.
  • teaching / Training qualification (CPT or equivalent) or willing to undertake training to obtain
  • Qualified Best Interest Assessor
  • Training/Coaching Qualification 
  • Experience of writing and implementing operational policies and procedures 

Job description

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Telephone interview:  12/13 September 2022

Panel interviews:  week commencing 19 September 2022

To apply, please submit your current CV along with a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the skills, knowledge and experience for this role.

Please include “Designated Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Lead” in your email title.

Please note we are only able to consider applicants who submit a CV with a supporting statement.

If you have any particular requirements relating to our recruitment process, please email us.

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