Safer Organisations/ Safeguarding in Education Manager

Posted 19th Mar, 2024
Hammersmith and Fulham
£61,347 – £64,716
Working arrangements
Office based
Contract type
Closing date
7th Apr, 2024
About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Safeguarding Review & Quality Assurance Service as the Safer Organisations / Safeguarding in Education Manager.

We are looking to recruit a highly skilled, enthusiastic and dynamic qualified social worker with a minimum of five years post qualifying experience and at least two years of management or supervisory experience.

This is a varied, challenging and dual functioning role, which will provide you with the opportunity to directly impact on safeguarding and recruitment practices in partner agencies and contribute to the development of the SRQA service in Hammersmith & Fulham.

A core function of the role is to the provide strategic leadership to create safer organisations, which focus on prevention as the most important strategy for keeping children safe. This means creating organisational conditions that deter and prevent unsuitable people from having contact with children and vulnerable families in the first place, and respond robustly at the first opportunity when concerns are identified.

The post holder will have operational and strategic oversight of the management of allegations and safeguarding in education in the borough and have lead responsibility for ensuring that the Borough delivers a high-quality management of allegations process. 

This management role has direct line management and supervisory responsibility for the Local Authority Designated Officer and will provide direction and support to business support staff. 

As the Safer Organisations / Safeguarding in Education Manager you will be an expert on safeguarding children and young people within education settings and provide safeguarding advice, support and challenge to improve and maintain safeguarding practice in schools within the borough. To do this you will need to establish and enhance trusted, respected, and effective relationships with local Head Teachers, senior school staff (including designated leads for safeguarding), school governing bodies and senior officers within the local authority and other agencies.

To successfully fulfil and manage this contrasting and exciting position the successful candidate needs to be motivated, enjoy taking on new challenges, have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to prepare high quality reports for a range of professionals.

This role requires the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to work independently and autonomously. 

About you

Role Specific Qualifications:

  • Qualified social worker (Degree, DipSW or equivalent) with at least 5 years post qualifying experience, including statutory work with children and their families, with at least two years at a management/supervisory level.
  • Registration with Social Work England.

Please refer to the Role Profile for more information.

About Hammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith & Fulham is a vibrant and exciting London Borough to live, work and socialise in. Our borough is home to over 195,000 people from communities all over the world, all benefitting from some of the best public services and amenities in the country.

We strive to be a place where every child has the best possible start in life, grows up feeling cherished, loved and realises their full potential as young citizens. We offer our children's social workers:

  • An opportunity to work for an Ofsted ‘GOOD’ local authority with ‘Outstanding’ Youth Justice Service

  • Supportive, nurturing and friendly environment with a commitment to EDI initiatives

  • Manageable caseloads

  • Very competitive pay rates with well established social work career progression scheme

  • Access to the Local Government Pensions Scheme

  • Annual leave entitlement of up to 34 days

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Season ticket loan scheme

  • Flexible and hybrid working

  • Employee wellbeing and assistance programme

  • Excellent learning & development opportunities

  • Staff benefits portal that gives you access to a wide range of local and national offers and discounts

People Values:

How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes:

Complex problem-solving

The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change.

Critical thinking

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.


You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.

People management

You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.

Coordinating with others

You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.

Emotional intelligence

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills.

Judgement and decision making

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.


You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.

Service orientation

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.

Cognitive flexibility

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

If you have any questions about applying for roles within H&F Children’s Services, please contact via email