Safeguarding Officer

Leeds City Academy

Grade: SO2 £30,984 - £32,798 PRO RATA

Hours: 37 hours per week, term time only +20 days

Accountable to: Vice Principal – Student Culture


This is an extremely exciting time to be joining Leeds City Academy, one of the most rapidly improving schools within the Leeds area and county of West Yorkshire. We are an 11-16 academy and one of four schools within White Rose Academies Trust, a Trust recognised nationally for its ground-breaking and transformational impact on the lives of the young people it serves. The academy had a Section 5 Inspection in May 2019 achieving an overall Good judgement with Leadership and Management judged as Outstanding.

Our highly motivated and talented students are at the very centre of everything we do and the shared mission of all our stakeholders is to work ‘In Partnership’ in securing the aspirations and ambitions of every one of our young people. Our academy is a unique and truly inspirational place to work, enhanced by our wonderful students who come from a diverse range of cultures, heritage and experiences; a significant proportion of students speak English as an additional language.

Our CPD training programme is highly respected by staff at the academy and is further enhanced by the various opportunities for professional development in all sectors.

Please apply if you wish to work for a Multi Academy Trust which values and supports the next move in your career. Come and join us on our journey to becoming World Class.


To take lead responsibility for all safeguarding and child protection matters arising across Leeds City Academy, supporting all staff in dealing with any child protection/vulnerable children concerns that may arise.

Referring cases of suspected abuse to the local authority children’s social care as required.

Ensure the safeguarding systems and processes across the academy are consistent, efficient and rigour in approach.

Assessing the training needs of staff and implementing and maintaining an ongoing training programme for all staff including induction training for all newly appointed colleagues.

Ensure that all students within the academy are safe and well looked after.

Line Management of key Safeguarding and Child Protection Officers for supervision and daily safeguarding practice.

To co-ordinate all external support and interventions e.g. The Beck, Youth Service, meet regularly with and quality assure the impact of their work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work as the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, updating the CPOMS child protection database, ensuring that all reported incidents are dealt with efficiently and accurately

  • Liaise with Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to ensure the academy’s child protection policy is reviewed at least annually. To advise on the implementation of this policy and to ensure that Governors are kept up to date

  • Maintain links with the Local Authority Safeguarding Children Board to ensure staff are aware of training opportunities and the local policies on safeguarding

  • Ensure up to date practice is disseminated to staff via briefings, training, email, displays and One Minute Guides

  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of all students in the academy who have Inclusion needs, sharing information where appropriate with class teachers and other colleagues within the academy

  • Where children leave the school either in year or post 16, you will ensure their child protection file is transferred to their new school or college efficiently and securely in line with LCA Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

  • Acting as the first point of contact for parents, pupils, teaching and support staff and external agencies in all matters relating to the Prevent Duty

  • Liaise with DSL and Director of Student Culture to co-ordinate and raise awareness of Prevent Duty procedures across the academy

  • Refer cases to the Channel Programme where there is a radicalisation concern

  • Make referrals to the police where a crime may have been committed which involves a child

  • Able to understand the unique risk associated with online safety and implement preventative actions to ensure students are safe online

  • Regularly monitor Smoothwall updates and follow safeguarding procedures to ensure students are kept safe

  • Have a working knowledge of how local authorities conduct a child protection case conference and a child protection review conference and be able to attend and contribute to these effectively when required to do so

The Trust currently employs over 500 members of staff and is responsible for educating and developing almost 4,000 students between the ages of 3 to 16. The Trust consists of three secondary schools - Leeds City Academy, Leeds East Academy and Leeds West Academy, and also recently welcomed its first primary school Alder Tree Primary Academy on 1st December 2020.

We believe the Trust is a highly desirable place of work for an ambitious professional, who will be joining one of the most supportive and talented teams in the country.

Closing Date: Tuesday 12th July 2022, 9am

Shortlisting: Tuesday 12th July 2022

Interview Date: w/c 18th July 2022

Start Date: 1st September 2022 To apply, please complete the application form and return to by the closing date. Please note we are unable to accept CV’s.

White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and an enhanced DBS check. Please note this role will involve contact with children and you will be engaging in regulated activity. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

Please note, all shortlisted applicants will be required to declare any relevant convictions, adult cautions or other matters which may affect suitability to work with children. As a result of amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (exceptions order 1975) in 2013 and 2020, some minor offences are now protected (filtered) and should not be disclosed to potential employers, and employers cannot take these offences into account.

We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds. Applications are welcome from all, irrespective of sex, sexuality, race, religion, marital status, age or disability.


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