Vacancy Details

13387 - Manager - Safeguarding

Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 05-Mar-2023
About the Role

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 GEMS Manager - Safeguarding will support an identified cluster of schools to embed the organisation’s safeguarding policy and strategic plan within the GEMS network so that there is consistency in safeguarding practice and policy compliance across the group.

Key Accountabilities:

Policy and Processes

  • Providing sound advice and support on safeguarding matters to school-based staff;  
  • Supporting the development and implementation of relevant policies so that practice is consistent,
  • Ensuring that safe systems and practices are in place across GEMS through the safeguarding self-evaluation framework to improve practice, develop capacity and inform governance.
  • Developing and maintaining key metrics to measure the impact of any safeguarding activities relevant to the role.
  • Managing data systems and preparing key reports on all safeguarding matters as required
  • With support from the Head of Safeguarding, review and quality assuring safeguarding incidents entered into an online reporting platform by GEMS schools to ensure the accurate reporting of safeguarding concerns.
  • With support from the Head of Safeguarding, effectively manage all safeguarding cases assigned.

Training and development of people

  • Assist in the development of new training content, reflecting staff and student needs.
  • Analyse safeguarding data to ensure training is reflective of current patterns and trends.
  • Developing and maintaining key metrics to measure the impact of any training so that programmes result in positive outcomes for students.

Continue to develop and implement the Self-evaluation process

  • Alongside the  Corporate Head of Safeguarding & Child Protection,  assist with the development, review, and continued implementation of the Safeguarding evaluation framework (SEF) for all GEMS schools so that practice is continually developed and improved.
  • Key responsibilities will include managing school visits, records of SEF visits, analysing SEF judgments and Alongside the Corporate Head of Safeguarding & Child Protection providing recommendations for improvement in practice to schools and co-ordinating DSL working groups to share good practices.   

Further development of the DSL Forums

  • Alongside the Corporate Head of Safeguarding & Child Protection develop and deliver content for the GEMS DSL Forums in collaboration with DSLs and the central safeguarding team colleagues, so that practice is continually developed and improved in line with relevant regulatory requirements and contributes to positive outcomes for children.
  • Assist in the development of a suitable forum programme of events that reflects the needs of DSLs and the analysis of patterns and trends of safeguarding referrals, including the effective induction of any new DSLs.  

Student voice and participation (including SEND/vulnerable groups)

  • Explore opportunities for students to participate meaningfully in, and effectively contribute to, GEMS-wide policy-making and review, through researching best practice programmes, creating effective models, and coordinating working groups to enhance collaboration.

Parent Engagement

  • Alongside the Corporate Head of Safeguarding & Child Protection,  assist in the development and implementation of safeguarding ‘curriculum’ content for parents. 

Other Responsibilities

  • Support the SSC Safeguarding team to monitor safeguarding incidents that are referred through from our schools or are related to employees of individual schools/services, providing appropriate support on safeguarding case management under the guidance of the Corporate Head of Safeguarding & Child Protection.
  • Contribute to the coordination of GEMS’ schools safeguarding monitoring and evaluation activity, including the analysis of training evaluation/feedback, safeguarding referral patterns and trends, and the development of actions as a result of the data collected through the online safeguarding platform.
  • Undertake any other duty as specified by the Corporate Head of Safeguarding & Child Protection or the SSC Safeguarding team not listed above.

Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

Relevant Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree as a minimum qualification
  • QTS or extensive experience in safeguarding either in an educational or social context.

Desirable Experience:

  • Experience in leading school-level safeguarding, including case management, either as Designated Safeguarding Lead/Deputy or Pastoral Lead. 
  • Familiarity with the UAE context and a proven track record of effective school leadership.
  • An understanding of related educational safeguarding matters: eg safer recruitment, online safety, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, bullying etc.

Key Skills and abilities:

  • Be able to develop an operational practice to achieve strategic goals.
  • Ability to influence others through leadership that reflects our core values and ensures compliance with all aspects of safeguarding policy and practice.
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and on own initiative
  • Shape policy, improve practice and deliver positive outcomes 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
  • Recognise and challenge inappropriate or poor practice (at all levels within the organisation)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, matched with strong child-centric practice.
  • Be emotionally resilient and demonstrate the passion to be a powerful advocate for children.
  • Demonstrate confidentiality, sensitivity, empathy, and compassion.

About Your Benefits
An attractive remuneration package is on offer to the successful candidate including tax-free salary, medical cover, tuition fee concessions, annual leave, and end of service benefits.
About GEMS

Trusted for over 60 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 170,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division.


About Application Process

If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application.

To complete the application you would need the following document(s):

1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph

In line with the UAE's Emiratisation goals, GEMS welcomes and encourages applications from UAE nationals to join our fast-growing team.

Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.