An exciting opportunity has arisen, supporting a large Healthcare organisation as a Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children.
The post will be working on an interim basis, for three months initially, based in London at a band 8c.
The post holder will act as a point of expertise for all issues relating to the care of vulnerable children across the relevant health economy, whilst taking the strategic and clinical lead in conjunction with the Designated Doctor on all aspects of the health service contribution to the safeguarding of vulnerable children, and the promotion of their welfare. Main Responsibilities:
A successful candidate will have:
- Provide a high-quality research-based service, working closely with local universities and be a source of expertise for the organisation and other health service providers and agencies at both board and practice level;
- Develop effective inter-disciplinary and inter-agency relationships to improve the outcomes for children in need, and children in need of protection;
- Have direct involvement with children and families providing clinical leadership by example, as well as supporting others to deliver high quality evidence-based care;
- Lead the changes in service delivery and practice demanded both by the Munro Review, Child Death Overview Panel findings, the Lord Laming Review, and other statutory guidance/ reviews;
- Manage the safeguarding children and Looked after Children function, including developing and managing the annual work plan, progress and dashboard reporting and risk and issue management;
- Contribute to the development of a high quality and effective inter-agency response to vulnerable children particularly those in need of protection, wherever possible developing joint roles across organisational boundaries to minimise fragmentation and poor communication;
- Monitor and evaluate the contribution made by all health service staff to the safeguarding of children through ensuring that there are in place mechanisms for the supervision, support, development, and training of all health service staff who are involved in providing services to children and families and/or vulnerable adults who are also parents or carers;
- Develop, monitor, and review health service specifications and standards for child protection/ safeguarding children practice;
- Ensure that the promotion of anti-discriminatory practice is an integral part of all practice with vulnerable children including those in need and children in need of protection;
- Make decisions where precedents do not exist in relation to safeguarding children where appropriate without recourse to others and advise and support colleagues where standard protocols do not apply;
- Promote the inter-agency planning process for children in need of protection by contributing to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and various sub-groups of the organisation;
- Develop a multi-disciplinary training strategy and implement and support a training programme which will meet the training needs of all health service staff at all stages of their involvement with children in need and children in need of protection.
- A master’s degree, or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area;
- A professional registration as an RN/RGN RHV RSCN/Child Branch;
- Qualification in Mentorship, or as a Practice Educator;
- Evidence of expertise in safeguarding children practice with reference to children in need and children in need of protection;
- Proven experience of working with looked after children in a clinical setting.
For further information on this role please contact Elecia Heywood, sending a copy of your CV to email@example.com