Head of Safeguarding Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire £47,858.40

Head of Safeguarding

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire |
Salary: £47,858.40 |
Posted: 12 Aug 2019 |
Closes: 23 Sep 2019 |
Job Type: Permanent & Full-time |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 8029

Role Responsibility:


Oakhill Secure Training Centre - MK5 6AJ

£47,858.40 per annum

Full Time (40 hours per week)


Oakhill Secure Training Centre forms part of G4S Custodial and Detention Services who work closely with the Home Office, Youth Custody Services for England and Wales and the Ministry of Justice to ensure that its regimes and designs reflect best practice in residential care to prevent offending.

At Oakhill Secure Training Centre, we look after young people aged 12 to 18 years old who have been remanded or sentenced to periods of detention. The vulnerable young people in our care can be challenging with a wide range of social and emotional complex needs. This is an environment that calls for high standards of social care and service delivery to provide a secure and stable environment for young people to develop their life skills and address the behaviours that have led them into custody. 


The successful candidates will lead on all aspects of safeguarding, behaviour support and violence reduction, ensuring the well-being and safety or young people:  acting as Duty Director as required.


Key Responsibilities

  • Promote the safeguarding of young people, acting as the Safeguarding lead for the centre and ensuring that a stable and secure environment is provided for all young people. Develop and maintain external links with local safeguarding teams, bringing community expertise into the strategy of the centre.
  • Produce and deliver the Safeguarding strategy, review policies and incorporate current legislation.
  • Co-ordinate investigations of all child protection concerns raised by young people, their families, colleagues and/or external parties/professionals to best legislative and best practice requirements.
  • Coach, support and develop staff, including supervision & appraisal, to maximise their performance and ensure high standards of care, values, ethics, equality and diversity, policies and procedures, legislation and contractual and inspection framework requirements are met.
  • Develop and co-ordinate delivery of Safeguarding training within the centre in partnership with Milton Keynes SCB to ensure training is delivered in line with national guidance and research. 
  • Lead in relation to anti-bullying and oversight of the anti -bullying process, to ensure that legislative, contractual and best practice requirements are met
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with external stakeholders including Milton Keynes Children Services, the MASH and the LADO and develop links with intervention providers, developing a Team around the Child approach that identifies priority needs of young people and addresses barriers to education, integration and resettlement success.
  • Produce and analyse documents, reports and information in relation to the improvement and effective leadership of behaviour management, ensuring regular review of Rewards, Sanctions, Activities and participation. Manage the reduction of violent incidents, restraints and self-harm in conjunction with the Head of Operations & Security
  • Monitor and review management information to ensure contractual compliance and best practice.
  • Ensure delivery of SLA with Healthcare provider
  • Role model a positive health and safety culture to meet and maintain relevant external accreditations thereby ensuring that yound people are fully supported to acheive their potential
  • Contribute fully to the Behaviour Management, care and support of all young people, leading staff by example and in conjunction with the Head of Care to reduce incidents of violence, restraint and self-harm.
  • Lead on the protection of Children and young people at risk of exploitation and harm
  • Lead on the Prevent Agenda within Oakhill Secure Training Centre
  • Lead in the Centres diversity strategy


All staff employed by G4S have the responsibility for their own Health & Safety and to their collegues in order to assist G4S in its obligations to achieve British Safety Council Requirements at all times.


The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills and Knowledge

  • Understanding of current legislation
  • Managerial experience within children’s social care / secure environment
  • Willing and able to carry out Duty Director responsibilities on a rostered basis
  • Social work degree


Desirable Skills and Knowledge

  • Experience developing /delivering training
  • Experience of developing and implementing policy 
  • Experience of working in a custodial environment with young people and understanding the complexity of their needs etc


It is every employee’s responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons he/she is responsible for or comes into contact with. Therefore every employee will be required to hold a current enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Scheme) certificate.


Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 10 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Youth Custody Service are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.


You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 3 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 10 years as part of the security screening process for this role.

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