Safeguarding Manager Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire £39,000 - £45,000

Safeguarding Manager

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire |
Salary: £39,000 - £45,000 |
Posted: 10 Dec 2020 |
Closes: 21 Jan 2021 |
Job Type: Permanent & Full-time |
Business Unit: UK Central Government Services |
Region / Division: UK & Ireland |
Reference: 9405

Role Responsibility:

Safeguarding Manager

Oakhill Secure Training Centre, Milton Keynes

Salary range £39,000 - £45,000 per annum

Full-time (40 hours per week)


Oakhill Secure Training Centre forms part of G4S Custody & Rehabilitation 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 children aged 12 to 18 years old who have been remanded or sentenced to periods of detention. The vulnerable children 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. 


Oakhill is a unique setting where young people are in the secure care of officers, attending education and engaging in positive activities throughout their stay.  Safeguarding our young people is a crucial function at the centre which ensures the safety and wellbeing of everyone.  Positive relationships are key to the success of what we do and are essential to build trust with both children and staff.  This role requires resilience, strength of character and a positive attitude.  Key to your success will be your ability to build and maintain positive relationships both internally and externally with our stakeholders.  Our vision of safeguarding is to ensure that we become a beacon of excellence within the secure care estate and your role will be influential in making this a reality.


Your customer focused perspective, balanced approach and ‘can do’ attitude will be rewarded with a high profile role, job satisfaction, a competitive salary, quality technical / strategic support, and the experience of delivering in an innovative and dynamic environment.   


The successful candidate will be required to to positively contribute to the safeguarding and welfare of children in this unique environment, ensuring the action we take to promote the welfare of children, protects them from harm, making defensible not defensive decisions and taking action to enable all children to have the best possible outcomes.


Key Responsibilities

  • Promote the safeguarding of children, acting as the Social Work Safeguarding lead for the centre and ensuring that a stable and secure environment is provided for all children.
  • Develop and maintain external links with safeguarding teams (including those within other custodial establishments), bringing community expertise into the strategy of the centre.
  • Support and develop staff undertaking Social Work Training.
  • Support student social workers completing placements at Oakhill STC.
  • To ensure that all staff understand the expectation that everyone is responsible for contributing to keeping children safe, supporting the prevention of harm and promoting well-being.
  • To effectively conduct robust investigations of all child protection concerns raised by children, their families, colleagues and/or external parties/professionals to legislative and best practice requirements. It is expected that the post holder will conduct evidence based investigations and be empathetic towards the needs of our children and staff concerned.
  • To have oversight and effectively record all matters of safeguarding concern including allegations, external enquiries and action undertaken.
  • Line manage, 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.
  • Ensure there are processes and procedures in place to listen and capture children’s views about what they need to be kept safe. These views will be used to contribute to decisions, policy and procedures.
  • Ensure information sharing supports timely and appropriate decision making, which is based on individual need and prevents harm and supporting wellbeing.
  • Develop effective Partnerships, sharing knowledge and expertise in the spirit of stimulating reform and being inclusive of others. Maintaining relationships with other child-focused stakeholders for the benefit of children and their communities.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with external stakeholders including YOTs, MASH and the LADO with the internal responsibility of managing allegations through the appropriate pathways.
  • Attending external led Strategy meetings and Managing Allegation Meetings facilitated by the local LADO service.
  • Ensuring any allegation of serious harm is appropriately recorded and referred to the relevant local authority and any allegations against a person in a position of trust is referred to the LADO for investigation.
  • Support the Team around the Child approach that identifies priority needs of children and addresses barriers to education, integration and resettlement success within the TAC meeting through weekly contributions.
  • To provide analysis of data within Quarterly Contract Review Meetings (QCRM) and the required quarterly reports.
  • To assist with internal Fact Find investigations initiated to investigate staff misconduct, gathering evidence and completing a final report for HR submission. 
  • To encourage collaboration between departments working towards the reduction of children’s risk and to ensure adherence to operational policies relevant to the safeguarding of children, staff and visitors.
  • Develop and co-ordinate delivery of Safeguarding training with the Social Work Assistant and in partnership with Milton Keynes Safeguarding Partnership (MK Together) to ensure training is delivered in line with national guidance and research.
  • Monitor and review management information to ensure contractual compliance for Complaints and Safeguarding and best practice.
  • Role model a positive health and safety culture to meet and maintain relevant external accreditations thereby ensuring that children are fully supported to achieve their potential.
  • To attend a number of safeguarding meetings including at times chairing the multi-agency Safeguarding meeting and internal strategy meetings.

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

Please note that the above responsibilities are not exhaustive and we reserve the right to add relevant duties in line with the service needs.

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills

  • Must have a social work degree
  • Must be eligible for registration with Social Work England.
  • Understanding of current legislation around safeguarding  in particular around children
  • Experience of working with vulnerable children
  • Knowledge of multi-agency working and partnership


Desirable Skills

  • Experience of working in private sector and or public sector
  • Experience of working in a secure environment.
  • Experience of working in schools / colleges
  • Experience of working in a children’s home / supported accommodation for children
  • Experience of management
  • Knowledge of investigating allegations of abuse
  • Experience with delivering training



At G4S, we invest heavily in our people.  If you join us you will have a job specific induction programme to equip you with the skills and knowledge for the job. As well as ongoing support and development opportunities we offer generous holiday entitlement, company pension, an onsite gym, free onsite parking and the chance to do an extraordinary job – every day.


Equality and Diversity is an important part of G4S Custodial and Detention Services. We actively encourage applications from all diverse groups 


Safeguarding children is our primary focus and the welfare of the child is paramount. Therefore we have a corporate responsibility to ensure that the safeguarding and our G4S values are at the centre of all we do.​ 


To apply for this role, you must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years.   You will also be required to undergo DBS enhanced level security clearance and will need to provide full details of your work and educational history covering the last 10 years as part of the screening process.

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