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Head of Care and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Orchard Manor School is looking to appoint a new, permanent Head of Care and Designated Safeguarding Lead to join its Senior Leadership Team. This is an exciting opportunity for a someone with a passion for residential care and safeguarding to join a high achieving, aspirational school and Trust.

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We are seeking to appoint a passionate leader who has experience of leading a children’s residential setting and evidence of providing positive outcomes for young people in line with relevant regulation and legislation. The role of Head of Care and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is exciting and varied with a range of responsibilities. The right candidate must be able to manage the responsibilities of being Head of Care and Designated Safeguarding Lead, as well as contributing to the wider school through the Senior Leadership Team. This means that prioritising work, managing workload and delegating tasks and key attributes which this role requires.

The right candidate must have a good knowledge and understanding of up-to-date safeguarding practices, policies and legislation. You must have confidence in managing safeguarding practices and policies and provide appropriate challenge to ensure a good culture of safeguarding across the school. The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, child-centred, have experience of working with a variety of young people and change management, and possess strong leadership qualities suitable to working in a busy environment, managing multiple teams and staff groups.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will strive for exceptional standards and aspirations and share Orchard Manor’s vision and values for providing high quality education and residential offer to all pupils. Candidates will need to be articulate and strong communicators with proven strengths in engaging, inspiring and motivating staff at all levels, and working with local community.

There is a Prospective Candidate Open Morning for this role on Friday 23rd September 2022 at 10:00am. Prospective candidates are encouraged to come to the school for a tour and to speak to relevant staff.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Working hours are 41.46 hours per week, 41 weeks per annum.

Salary: £43,857 - £47,841 per annum (dependent on experience)

Closing date: Tuesday 4th October 2022 at 5:00pm

Interview date: Wednesday 12th October 2022 (afternoon and early evening)

Start date: November 2022 or as soon as possible

A full induction programme and opportunities for professional development will be provided. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A copy of our safeguarding policy can be found here: Safeguarding Policy Webpage.

This role falls under KCSIE regulated activities and as such it is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relating to children. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check. Please ensure you read and understand our Privacy Notice, which is attached with this pack, before applying. We make appointments in accordance with our Recruitment and Selection Policy.

Interested applicants may contact the school and ask for Abigail Norris, Admin Manager, for more information.

Please ensure you complete the Orchard Manor School Application Form which accompanies this advert. Applicants are advised that submitting an incorrect or insufficiently completed application form will result in non-selection for interview. Particular attention should be made to career history since secondary education and referees meeting the required criteria.

PLEASE SEND COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO: anorris@orchard-manor.org