Safeguarding Officer – Bowls Development Alliance – England

Job Description
The Organisation
The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is an organisation created to lead on the development of the sport of bowls through the clubs, counties, and coaches in England. Working in partnership with Bowls England (BE) the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd (EIBA) British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA), the English Short Mat Bowling Association and Disability Bowls England, the BDA aims to sustain and grow participation at the grassroots level of the sport in both Club and the Community.
Bowls is a popular sport with low barriers to entry and opportunities to participate throughout the year. It is a sport that people of all ages and abilities can actively enjoy recreationally through to elite competition. There are currently 300,000 club members in over 5,000 clubs playing bowls.

The Role
The BDA is seeking an experienced safeguarding practitioner to support its work in leading and coordinating the safeguarding of children and adults at risk for the sport of bowls.
You will work alongside the Welfare and Governance Manager as the deputy safeguarding lead for the BDA. You will also work closely with the safeguarding leads of the National Governing Bodies who receive safeguarding referrals from their clubs. The role requires a clear understanding of the legislative framework which governs the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and a familiarity with the referral routes to statutory and voluntary support agencies. You will be using our confidential and secure safeguarding software system, ‘My Concern’, so familiarity with this or an equivalent is desirable but full training will be provided. You will support the BDA to meet the requirements of two key audits of safeguarding by the NSPCC’s Child Protection Unit in Sport and the Ann Craft Trust.
This is an exciting opportunity to support the continuing development and promotion of safeguarding within the sport of bowls. Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of two years’ experience in safeguarding, ideally related to both children and adults at risk. You will need to be a people person with the ability to work alongside colleagues within the BDA and its partner organisations. You will need strong communication skills as much of the work will be carried out remotely. A full job description and person specification is available to download from the attachments section below or by calling the BDA office on 01664 777001.
A full job description and person spec can be found on the BDA website here:

How to apply
To apply for this exciting positions please email a CV along with a covering letter outlining how you satisfy the job description and person specification and give reasons why you would be suitable for the role to the BDA Safeguarding Lead, . For an informal discussion about the post please call Duncan Webster on 07340 170052.

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