Safeguarding Manager - Women's Leagues and Talent Pathway Ref: SMWLTP19

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Type of contract
Full Time

Closing Date:  Friday 28th June 2019

Our Organisation:

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

The Role:

This is an exciting time to join The FA Safeguarding Team to help drive the safeguarding work across the game and with this role, specifically the women’s game. Our safeguarding strategy is to:

  • Implement preventative safeguarding measures that enhance wellbeing and create fun, safe football environments;
  • Make the reporting of concerns as easy as possible;
  • Ensure safeguarding and child protection concerns are investigated swiftly and thoroughly in conjunction with statutory agencies – and with demonstrable outcomes.

To do this, The FA has a full-time team of safeguarding professionals. Some drive preventative measures via policy, education and the sharing of good practice and others manage referrals and reported concerns.

The role will work as part of the Safeguarding team, to Implement The FA’s safeguarding policy, procedures and practices across the women’s leagues and talent pathway, in conjunction with the Women’s Professional Game Directorate, the Head of Women’s Development Teams and Talent and the Safeguarding Team.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Review and communicate the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, including the process for reporting concerns. 
  • Audit the safeguarding provision and implement the required safeguards across the women’s leagues and talent pathway.
  • Establish direct communication with the Welfare Officer network in the Women’s leagues and Talent Pathway. Build on ITC & RTC Welfare Officer survey findings, identify any gaps in knowledge base and oversee support, signposting and CPD.
  • Support referrals and concerns that do not meet the FA’s Case Management team’s thresholds or are about wellbeing. Implement learning from referrals.
  • Input to the WSL License Agreements and Regulations and review and implement The FA’s Host Families Policy, including tracking and monitoring host family arrangements.
  • Support delivery of safeguarding and welfare training to specific FA staff cohorts.
  • Drive operating standards in the leagues and talent pathway, embedding and monitoring safeguards in the affiliation system.
  • Develop player and parent education, including bespoke messaging about relationships of trust in the leagues and clubs and  messaging and signposting in the talent pathway and national development teams
  • Identify and develop any specific resources and materials to support safeguarding and wellbeing in the women’s elite leagues and talent pathway.
  • Attend relevant meetings with and regularly report updates to the Senior Safeguarding Manager, Women’s Football Club’s Manager and the Head of Women’s Development Teams and Talent.
  • Be an influential advocate for safeguarding and wellbeing.
  • Execute additional tasks as required in order to support The FA Group changing priorities

Candidate Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of legislation and best practice in safeguarding and welfare.
  • Safeguarding qualification and/or relevant experience in a safeguarding and welfare role.
  • Knowledge of current issues that impact on the development of elite young players.
  • Sound knowledge of the safeguarding referral framework in football.
  • Sound knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusive practices as they relate to safeguarding and additional vulnerability.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Experience of creating and delivering presentations to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication, management, leadership, teaching and IT skills.
  • A team player bringing something to the synergy of the team, whilst also being an individual.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours i.e. evenings and weekends and on occasions at short notice.
  • Commitment to personal and professional development.
  • A current valid UK driving license.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on the 9th July 2019.

What we can offer you:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.


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