Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead
The Hastings Academy

Closing date: 04/02/2022

Job posted date: 23/11/2021

Salary: East Sussex Grade 7 - £22,299 - £22,944

Employment type: Fixed Term

Hours per week: 37 NB pay award pending

We are looking for an Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead to work within our highly motivated safeguarding team at the Academy.​​​​​​​

This is a great opportunity to join The Hastings Academy as a Safeguarding Specialist. In this critical role, you will help to ensure accurate and swift communication about our students between families, other professional bodies and the academy. Our aim to continue to create a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for all our pupils that will allow them to thrive and access their learning in a positive way. In this role we need you to help us improve the life chances of our pupils and the community we serve, it's something we are hugely passionate about and hope you are too. 

To support this vital work, you will bring previous experience working in safeguarding. You will draw on your skills and experience to support the Vice Principal (Designated Safeguarding Lead) and the Social Inclusion Manager in delivering best safeguarding practice across the academy. 

Many of our staff work in a variety of different ways and we wouldn't want to lose our perfect candidate based on hours or working pattern. This role can be offered on a part time basis so please talk to us about any flexibility you might need. Whilst we can't promise to give you exactly what you require we will always happily consider what is possible for the role. 

High levels of confidentiality and resilience in handling emotionally challenging situations are essential.

​​​​​​​The role 

  • To secure a complementary service to teachers and pastoral staff in school, addressing the needs of students who need support to overcome barriers to attendance, behaviour & mental health that impacts on their learning both inside and outside school, limiting their opportunity to achieve their full potential. 

  • To enable high quality, high profile contact with families of students, ensuring support is co- ordinated between school, families and outside agencies. 

  • To support the promotion of and safeguarding of the welfare of all the academy’s students. 

  • To support in training staff to ensure up to date safeguarding and child protection policies and practices are rigorously applied. 

We are looking for someone who has:

  • a working knowledge of human growth and development throughout the life span recognising the impact of relationships, psychological, socio-economic, environmental, physiological, factors on people’s lives. 
  • has experience of working directly with children and families. 
  • has experience of completing needs assessments upon which effective plans are based
  • has excellent communication skills
  • has high levels of enthusiasm and personal motivation

About the Hastings Academy

Ofsted grade: Good (2018)

The Hastings Academy is a secondary school for 11 to 16 - year olds in Hastings, East Susses. Our moto, Pride through success, runs through everything that we do. We are a modern and innovative school, with specialist classrooms and technology to support learning. Our team of talented professional staff are committed to maximising the potential of every child. We hold the Quality of Careers Standard, the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. We are renowned for our inclusivity and outstanding care of students. We offer 180 student places every year, with a total capacity of 900. We also host a special facility for up to 10 young people with speech and language and communication difficulties. We can offer you:

  • a positive and innovative learning environment
  • excellent facilities and resources for staff and students

About the University of Brighton Academies Trust

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is the fifth largest multi-academy trust in the south east, with 15 infant, primary and secondary schools all graded by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding. We educate 7,700 children aged 3 months to 16 years and employ 1,200 staff across East and West Sussex.

Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us.  We work collaboratively to help our pupils, and everyone connected with our academies achieve excellence. By working together, sharing insi s and best practice our schools support each other to improve. Read more about our vision and values

The University of Brighton is our sponsor.  We work closely with the University’s School of Education: in 2019 it was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted for all Initial Teacher Training and was awarded the Student Union’s school of the year.

Benefits we offer

We value our staff, investing in their training and development at all stages of their careers.

We place particular importance on providing opportunities for you to learn and grow, with a package that includes an annual personal development day, job-related apprenticeships to enhance your skillset, open access online training courses, and scholarships run in collaboration with the University of Brighton.  And when the time is right for you to take the next step in your career, we can help you to find the right opportunity in one of our 15 schools

The other benefits we offer, including our generous public sector pension schemes and family friendly policies, are designed to support you with work-life balance, wellbeing and the financial aspects of life.

Take a closer look 

Find out more

Salary: East Sussex Grade 7 - £22,299 - £22,944

Download the job description and person specification at the bottom of this page for more information about the role. 

To arrange an informal discussion please contact Harriet Catt, PA to Principal on 

Closing Date: 7/01/22​​​​​​

To submit your application form, follow the ‘Apply for job’ link at the bottom of this page.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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