Safeguarding Manager – Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Job Description
Warwickshire Cricket (which comprises of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Warwickshire Cricket Board, and Edgbaston Foundation Charity) is looking to enhance its approach to safeguarding by appointing a safeguarding manager. The safeguarding manager will report into the Director of Sport and undertake the role 2 days a week
The overall purpose of the role is to provide effective safeguarding leadership and management across Warwickshire Cricket with a clear sense of direction and purpose that assists at all levels to deliver our safeguarding strategy, policies, procedures, priorities, and aims. The key purpose throughout is to promote and protect the welfare of children and vulnerable adults at risk, ensuring Warwickshire Cricket follows best practice within the industry.
Areas of Warwickshire Cricket that the role is to support include:
Academy and County Age Groups
Major Match Day (T20 matches and internationals at Edgbaston)
Indoor Cricket Centre
Warwickshire Cricket Board programmes and events
Edgbaston Foundation programmes and events

Key Responsibilities
• Lead on the delivery and further development of the clubs safeguarding strategy and procedures establishing a holistic approach
• Ensure compliance with statutory obligations under relevant legislation, rules, regulations, standards and guidance as laid down by the local authorities, the governing body, and contractual obligations with third parties under which all Warwickshire Cricket entities are bound (i.e. Birmingham City Council, ECB, Chance to Shine, Lord’s Taverners’s etc.)
• Proactively identify and mitigate safeguarding risks to individuals, staff, and across Warwickshire Cricket
• Lead on the further development, implementation and regular review of Warwickshire Cricket’s safeguarding policies and procedures and ensure that they meet statutory and governing body requirements and are aligned with best practice.
• Support, advise and provide expertise to Senior Management and provide leadership in embedding and maintaining a culture whereby safeguarding is recognised as shared responsibility across all areas of work
• Work closely with and report on a regular (weekly) basis to the Club’s Senior Management team including the Director of Sport, Head of Community Engagement (Edgbaston Foundation) and General Manager of Warwickshire Cricket Board
• Work with colleagues, ECB, and other key partners to inform children and adults at risk about their rights and empower them to report concerns. Ensure contact details are readily available through club communications
• Develop and maintain relationships with statutory and governing bodies (such as the Police, Children’s Services, Local Safeguarding Children Board, Local Authority Designated Officer, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Teams, NSPCC, charity and partner safeguarding leads and the ECB)
• Work with colleagues, governing bodies, and other key partners to ensure that there is a collaborative and cohesive approach to proactive prevention and awareness raising measures, and where appropriate, interventions and responding to issues

Administrative Responsibilities
• Monitor and identify all programmes and activities within Warwickshire Cricket with a view to ensuring the Club’s safeguarding procedures and processes are implemented and remain best practice
• Work closely with the Senior Management Team and Safeguarding Working Group to develop and implement safer recruitment and induction practices across Warwickshire Cricket
• Be the first point of contact for staff, parents, children, adults at risk and, if appropriate, external agencies in regard to information or referral of safeguarding matters within the Warwickshire Cricket and maintain safeguarding referrals, concerns and incidents efficiently and effectively in line with statutory and governing body requirements. Ensure accurate records are kept
• Request, log, and chase (ECB) DBS checks for both new starters and renewals. Keep accurate records on staff DBS
• Have overall responsibility for the management of Warwickshire Cricket safeguarding cases. Where cases are referred onto the ECB, be the principal point of contact and the conduit for communication to senior management where appropriate
• Review the ECB ‘Safe Hands’ policy and apply to club procedures where appropriate

Staff training & support/Match day support
• Lead on the development and delivery of Warwickshire Cricket’s staff safeguarding development plan ensuring that all stakeholders receive regular education commensurate with the level of responsibility and engagement with children and/or adults at risk
• Proactively promote and raise safeguarding awareness and safer working practices across Warwickshire Cricket
• Give support, direction, and guidance to staff in respect of all safeguarding incidents, concerns, or allegations
• Provide leadership and direction to the Safeguarding Working Group and designated departmental leads, giving regular reports and updates and facilitating regular Safeguarding Working Group meetings
• Ensuring that Designated Departmental lead and Safeguarding Working Group members are sufficiently trained, supported and guided in leading safeguarding within their organisations, departments, areas of responsibility
• Develop and implement safeguarding education specific to individual roles and responsibilities to ensure that staff develop and maintain the necessary skills and knowledge to safeguard children and adults at risk
• Attend regular safeguarding training and keep abreast of current safeguarding issues, legislation, statutory guidance, and best practice
• Refer staff to undertake ECB ‘safe hands’ courses as is appropriate for their roles/responsibilities
• Be designated safeguarding lead on Matchdays for event control to address safeguarding issues and concerns (matchdays will include all International Cricket staged at Edgbaston, T20 Finals Day, and T20 matches)

How to apply
Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to:

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