Post: Safeguarding Team Coordinator
Location: Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road,
London, NW1 5JR
Purpose and To coordinate and supervise the workflow of the
Objectives: Safeguarding Unit
Responsible to: National Safeguarding Adviser
Responsible for: Safeguarding Administrator (managed within the
administration team but the work is commissioned and
overseen by the coordinator)
Past Cases Review (PCR) Administrator
Internal Relationships: All staff within the Connexional Team
External Relationships: All people of the Methodist Church, particularly District
Church of England national office and diocesan
Working Style and Ethos
The Safeguarding work of the Methodist church is done in partnership with the Church
of England. The national Safeguarding Adviser works between the two church settings.
The Coordinator supports the Adviser across both settings and their own work will
primarily be coordination of work for the Methodist Church.
The Safeguarding Team Coordinator is expected to embrace fully and advocate the
ethos of the Methodist Church Connexional Team as expressed through Our Calling
and Priorities for the Methodist Church, together with the collaborative working style as
expressed in Ways of Working.
The Safeguarding Unit is located within the Development & Personnel Sub-Cluster of
the Methodist Connexional Team.
The post holder will support the Church’s direction of travel as a Discipleship
Movement Shaped for Mission.
Like the rest of the Connexional Team, the Sub-Cluster will be shaped and driven by a
knowledge of, and commitment to, the charisms of the Methodist Church, and will draw
on this, alongside expertise from the relevant professional sector.
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1. Some direct support for the Safeguarding Adviser especially around the link into
the Church of England
2. Lead commissioner for the administrator role
3. Project manage the Safeguarding Past Cases Review (PCR) (1 day / week),
plus line manage the PCR administrator
4. Coordinate the work / travel / meetings / other demands of the team members
5. Lead on arranging all risk assessment panels and the other work of the
Safeguarding Advisory Panel
6. Producing training materials and supporting their implementation and use
across the Church (presentation, liaison with course providers etc)
7. Initial queries, team diary management, committee queries management,
casework liaison management,
8 Undertake research and analysis, clarifying and presenting options in defined
areas, and identifying the implications of particular proposals or decisions
9 Facilitate effective consultation practices and convening stakeholders or
practitioners forums in Methodist Church House and elsewhere;
10 Policy implementation as directed by Safeguarding Adviser
Manage important strategic meetings (for example the C of E / Methodist
Church Joint Safeguarding Liaison Group) arrangements; minutes, action log
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Safeguarding. You have experience of working within a safeguarding environment,
prioritising urgent tasks, interfacing with statutory organisations on behalf of
safeguarding staff, maintaining strict confidentiality, managing sensitive
communications with individuals using the safeguarding service, coping with
distressing information and contributing to the team ethos for mutual support in a
Communications - You engage with constituents of the church to understand the
needs, aspirations, and values of the Church around safeguarding. You clarify
important messages using appropriate language and consider the structure and
meaning when producing written communications. You are able to present in an
influencing way, which has a positive impact on the audience.
Leadership and Influence: You take personal accountability for delivering Church
strategies around safeguarding while inspiring and motivating others. You express the
vision in clear and consistent manner. You provide strong leadership for the
safeguarding administrative team. You are also able to influence peers and people
above your own position. You embrace and actively advocate change when needed.
You are able to manage projects and assignments in an effective way.
People Management: You are able to recognise good performance and reward it
appropriately whilst tackling poor performance. You are able to give as well as receive
constructive feedback. You seek timely clarification to verify understanding. You
support team members working on the same or related objectives. You express
differences of opinion in a respectful and controlled manner.
Results Delivery: You take timely decisions within your role and pro-actively refer
more difficult problems to appropriate colleagues. You share timely information with
others to deliver quality. You recognise obstacles and take steps to overcome them
and prevent reoccurrence. You set personal ‘stretch’ goals for achievement that ‘raise
the bar’ and show resilience in achievement.
Creativity: You actively seek ways of improving basic systems and procedures. You
can research and prepare papers on a variety of subjects which involves some
creative work. You can identify and use various sources of evidence to make
recommendations for improvements that will benefit the safeguarding work of both
churches. You work confidently with data to solve problems: for example, interpret
tends, issues and risks.
Organisational Awareness: You understand the external context and you are aware
of regulatory and other practical aspects of your work. You use the appropriate
processes and structures of the church to deliver their objectives. You understand
how policy impacts on your work area. You identify opportunities for shared working.
You encourage and support others to understand and stay informed about the
safeguarding work of both churches.
Relationships: You engage effectively to understand requirements and agree
appropriate solutions. You actively seek support from colleagues to improve your own
understanding. You are able to raise difficult issues in a way that results in a positive
resolution. You build relationships with a diverse range of people based on mutual
respect, trust and collaboration.
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Terms and Conditions:
Terms of appointment: Permanent
Health and Safety: The post holder will be subject to the Methodist Council’s
Health and Safety policy
Equal Opportunities: The post holder will be subject to the Methodist Council’s
Equal Opportunities policy
Physical Conditions: Open Plan Office Accommodation
Remuneration: For lay employees: Starting salary of £35,322 per annum
including Inner London Allowance
For ordained appointments: A stipend plus an additional
Disclosure: Due to the nature of this post, appointment will be subject to
a satisfactory Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau
Work Permit: Appointment will be subject to documentary evidence of the
right to live and work in the UK
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week
The normal hours of work will be from 9.00am to 5.00pm
with an hour for lunch. Some flexibility in working hours
may be required due to the nature of this post and the work
of the Cluster.
Holiday Entitlement: During the first to fourth years 25 days
During the fifth to ninth years 28 days
During the tenth and subsequent years 30 days
plus Bank Holidays and an extra three days at Christmas
and New Year.
For an ordained appointment: The normal terms and
conditions for a presbyter or deacon will apply.
Sick Pay: Entitlement in accordance with the Methodist Church terms
and conditions of employment or the normal terms and
conditions for a presbyter or deacon.
Pension: Lay Employees Pension Scheme: There is a contributory
pension scheme which lay employees are able to join
subject to certain provisions. A Permanent Health
Insurance arrangement is also included with this pension
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Methodist Ministers Pension Scheme: The normal terms
and conditions for a presbyter or deacon will apply.
Probationary Period: Appointments for lay employees are made subject to the
satisfactory completion of a probationary period, normally
Season Ticket: Season ticket loans are available to lay employees after the
satisfactory completion of the probationary period.
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Post: Safeguarding Team Coordinator
Attributes Essential Desirable Method of
1. Skills and Core Competencies as described A,Q
Competencies in the job description
Expertise of working in a A, Q
safeguarding environment – see
2. Relevant Relevant training or work in either A,I
Training & safeguarding children or vulnerable
3. Special Proven ability to plan and Knowledge and A, I, W,P
Knowledge implement strategic innovations application of Project
and Expertise that improve the work of your team Management
Proven ability to co-ordinate a A, I, W,P
team of specialists
Demonstrable ability about Proven ability to line A, I, W,P
managing people, which suggests manage.
that line management, would be a
strength that you could develop.
Proven ability to supervise the A, I, W,P
organisation and work flow of a
The ability not to judge people and A, I, W,P
to keep calm under pressure
Demonstrate awareness of, and A, I
sensitivity to, issues of equality,
diversity and inclusion and a
commitment to the unique value of
the individual in all aspects of the
4. Personal In sympathy with the A,I
Qualities ethos of the Methodist
Church as expressed
through Our Calling
and Priorities for the
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Ability to work collaboratively with A,I
colleagues, and others, including
volunteers, throughout the
Methodist Church and the Church
Professional and positive A,I
approach, with a commitment to
professional development and self-
Extremely calm and professional A, I, W,P
under pressure. Able to handle
crises in a smooth and positive
manner without escalating the
situation and ensuring all concerns
are met effectively.
Method of Assessment
A – Application Form, I – Interview, W – Written exercise, P – Presentation, G – Group
exercise, Q – proof of qualification (certificates or transcripts)
We reserve the right to introduce a written exercise or group exercise as part of
the recruitment and selection process.
Signed and agreed:
Line Manager Name: ..................................................................................
Member of Staff Name: ..................................................................................
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