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The Designated Safeguarding Officer role is an absolutely key position in our business. As the governing body for football in London, it is our duty to ensure that the highest safeguarding standards are implemented across all football played in the capital. This is our most important goal and without this foundation in place we are not in a position to deliver anything else.
As a key member of the London FA safeguarding team you will:
• Play a lead role in raising safeguarding standards across the capital, to make football safer for all involved
• Working alongside your London FA colleagues, embed the highest standards of safeguarding practice across football in London
• Significantly increase safeguarding awareness across the capital, by promoting good practice and educating the London football community
• Ensure the London Football Association’s safeguarding work is in line with legislation and FA Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Regulations
• Contribute significantly to the implementation of the Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FA’s
• Work in partnership with The FA, statutory agencies and other relevant organisations to manage and investigate safeguarding concerns effectively and efficiently
• To lead the operational delivery of safeguarding policy and procedures within London FA, being accountable for specific areas of the Safeguarding Operating Standard as set out by The FA and ensuring that all colleagues across the organisation are clear on their role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding
• Working with the London FA Senior Management Team, take a dynamic and strategic approach to safeguarding delivery within the London FA, raising awareness across the football network and providing organisational support, guidance and direction to London FA staff and volunteers.
• Strategically manage an effective designated person’s network; liaising with the Local Authority Designated Officer(s), Children’s Social Care, Police policy, best practice guidance and education programmes.
• Promote good safeguarding practice and provide CPD opportunities to a wide range of footballing stakeholders such as professional and voluntary clubs, leagues and a variety of small-sided football providers
• Refer to FA Case Management Safeguarding children and adults at risk abuse concerns and take action(s) in accordance with FA safeguarding regulations, policy and procedures, and as agreed with The FA Safeguarding Team.
• Ensure all safeguarding referrals are recorded within The FA’s Case Managements system and securely retained in accordance with FA regulations, policies and data protection legislation.
• Deal with all poor practice concerns relating to children and adults at risk in accordance with FA regulations, safeguarding policy, procedures and disciplinary processes; providing guidance to clubs and leagues, recording incidents of Poor Practice within the CFA’s Recording Systems and seeking guidance from The FA Safeguarding Team as required.
• Ensure the County FA is compliant with all safeguarding legislation e.g. Data Protection, including GDPR, Children’s Act, Sexual Offences Act, Protection of Freedoms Act (Criminal Record Checks), the Governments ‘Working Together guidance 2015’ and any other legislation or statutory guidance that may be introduced.
• Maintain strong links with key FA staff and attend national FA safeguarding events and CPD courses to ensure knowledge and skills are maintained and updated.
• To address poor behaviour and raise standards in grassroots football, promote safeguarding and creating a culture that celebrates good practice across London FA.
• Co-ordinate CFA safeguarding visits, spot checks/audits on clubs throughout the season to ensure they are compliant with the records submitted to the CFA.
• Ensure that any individual helping with any CFA event(s) involving children is suitably trained and is aware of their responsibilities at the event(s).
• Utilise FA IT systems to monitor safeguarding compliance across the grassroots volunteer network and assist in strategic planning.
- Knowledge of safeguarding children and/or vulnerable group’s legislation
- Experience of working as a designated person
- A child centred approach and the ability to maintain this perspective
- Clarity about what constitutes poor practice and what is abusive behaviour
- Experience of writing reports and compiling case file information
- Ability to deal constructively with people’s emotions (e.g. upset, distress, conflict, animosity)
- Capacity to handle confidential data/information sensitively
- Ability to promote best practice and the importance of a safe and fun environment
- Demonstrates a working understanding of inclusion, equality and anti-discrimination, safeguarding and best practice
- Flexibility on hours and weekend working
- Prioritise work according to risk and timeframes, managing a diverse workload
- Ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Knowledge of safeguarding statutory organisations
- Experience of implementing policies, protocols and guidance
- Knowledge and understanding of the culture and stricture of football (or another sporting body)
- Knowledge of The FA’s National Game Strategy and the FA’s Strategic Plan
- Driving licence
- Recognised qualification in Business Administration or equivalent
- Working knowledge of FA systems such as; Whole Game System and CRM
- Knowledge of different faith and culture requirements on children
- Understanding of the effects of various conditions that affect children such as, but not limited to, ADHD and Tourette’s
- Experience of working with Adults at Risk
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As this role involves regulated activity with children or young people under the age of 18, within the context of the job or any subsequently related activities or responsibilities, the successful candidates will undergo a thorough screening process, which will include a Criminal Records Check to ensure their suitability for the role.