GEMS Education is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people. The purpose of this role is to ensure the effective management of child safeguarding across GEMS’ schools through leading on case management, training, and development, external stakeholder management, safeguarding processes, curriculum development, student voice and participation and parental engagement.
The Assistant Manager of Safeguarding will provide the central safeguarding team with confidential, effective support in order to safeguard students and staff within all GEMS schools and services.
- Work closely with the school/service Designated Safeguarding Leads and the SSC Safeguarding team to support safeguarding and child protection requirements for all schools and services within the GEMS network
- To monitor incidents using the GEMS online safeguarding reporting platform to ensure data accuracy and consolidate incident statistics to present to the safeguarding team and senior management so that the GEMS governance is well-informed on relevant patterns and trends in case management.
- Engage with senior stakeholders including Heads of Schools, Service leads, and School Support Centre senior leaders to ensure timely and compliant adherence to mandatory policies, systems, and processes.
- Coordinate regular stakeholder consultation to ensure that staff, parents, and children’s voices are central in evaluating the effectiveness of the safeguarding practices within the school.
- To work closely with the SSC Safeguarding team and other departments to develop, organise and coordinate all training and events. Liaise with schools to ensure the successful delivery of all training and events and measure training impact.
- Work in partnership with the SSC Safeguarding team to ensure that all Safeguarding and Child Protection training is up to date and coordinate a programme of refresher training compliant with the GEMS Safeguarding policy.
- Support the development, administration, and improvement of the GEMS online safeguarding reporting platform as directed by the relevant senior manager.
- Convene, accurately minute and document safeguarding/crisis management meetings, ensuring all and any meeting materials are stored confidentially and shared appropriately with internal and external stakeholders, and manage information flow in a timely and effective manner.
- Ensure that staff and all others directly associated with the organisation understand their personal responsibility for safeguarding and advocate for the protection of students from harm.
- Coordinate all GEMS safeguarding monitoring and evaluation activity including the management of documentation for the GEMS school self-evaluation process and ensure visit schedules and follow-up actions are met.
- Act as the point of contact and liaison with external strategic partnership programmes under the direction of the relevant Senior Manager.
Assist with the creation, preparation, and distribution of regular Safeguarding updates to ensure compliance with the GEMS Safeguarding policy.
Support the review and implementation of policies and procedures, maintaining the policy schedule to ensure policies are accessible, current, and regularly reviewed.
- In partnership with the GEMS Comms team, create, develop and manage content for safeguarding webpages/social media to raise awareness of safeguarding and wellbeing initiatives and programmes.
- To undertake any other duty as specified by the VP Safeguarding & Child Protection or the SSC Safeguarding team not listed above.
Qualifications, Experience & Skills:
- Bachelors Degree as a minimum qualification
- Child safeguarding or equivalent coordination experience
- Experience of working in an education environment, or similar.
- Experience of working in or supporting a school pastoral support team or similar.
- A thorough understanding of related educational safeguarding matters: eg online safety, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, bullying etc.
Key Skills and abilities:
- Demonstrate confidentiality, sensitivity, empathy, and compassion.
- Be emotionally resilient and demonstrate a passion to be a powerful advocate for children.
- Excellent time management skills and be able to maintain high levels of speed and accuracy whilst managing competing priorities to challenging deadlines.
- Demonstrate the professional competency to support and challenge key stakeholders
- Excellent administrative and communication skills, matched with strong skills working at all levels within an organisation.
- Excellent minute-taking skills at different management levels and a good eye for detail.
- Ability to remain calm under pressure
- Excellent organisational and planning skills