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Head of Inclusion, Safeguarding and Wellbeing

The Academies Office, Larch Ave, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1JY
The Good Shepherd Trust
Full Time, Part Time, Job Share
£52,959 - £59,119 (GST Salary Band K)
23rd September 2022
Start Date
As soon as possible
7th October 2022 01:30 PM
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  • Contract type: Permanent
  • NQTs Considered:
  • Job ID: 1272784

Key responsibilities


• Establish and lead GST SEND/inclusion network 

• Create and implement a Trust wide development and training plan: QFT for SEND & vulnerable groups

• Develop a team of expert staff with Inclusion specialisms across the Trust eg. ASD, SEMH, OT, Behaviour

• Act as a representative for the Trust with Local Authorities on matters related to Inclusion and SEND

• Provide assurance that all Trust schools, headteachers and staff are fulfilling statutory duties with regard to the SEND Code of Practice (2015) and Equality Act (2010)

• Support the effective deployment of support staff and other Inclusion professionals across Trust schools

• Develop policies, processes and systems that enable and encourage collaboration between staff within and across Trust schools 

• Enable all trust schools to have access to specialist support when teaching children with special educational needs and disabilities.

• Support all GST schools to provide the appropriate support to meet individual needs by:

  • Advising on schools’ access to, and implementation of, well designed curricula, textbooks and other resources.
  • Encouraging school leaders and senior trust teams to use evidence-informed approaches for intervention with individuals and groups
  • Advising school leaders on how to support staff to maintain high expectations for all groups, and ensuring all pupils have access to a rich curriculum.
  • Monitoring grouping practices across the trust to ensure that interventions are effective

• Lead on the development of Trust-wide pupil premium policies as appropriate.


• Responsible for ensuring that an effective and robust safeguarding service is provided

• Provide professional advice and support on safeguarding matters to staff and volunteers, as well as liaising and meeting with external bodies, and occasionally delivering training

• Work with both internal and external stakeholders and take the lead on projects

• Prepare and develop policies, procedures and good practice guidelines and provide advice and support on safeguarding matters

• Monitor changes in relevant legislation and ensure that the Trust policy reflects these changes.

• Assure compliance with statutory safeguarding and child protection requirements across the Trust 

• Coordinate Prevent duty procedures and assess staff training needs.

• Work with local Prevent coordinators, the police, local authorities and multi-agency forums. 

• Be the safeguarding expert within the Trust and the first point of contact when issues arise, advising senior leaders and supporting Designated Safeguarding Leads

• Audit safeguarding mechanisms within schools and develop training and support across the Trust to improve safeguarding

• Advise on the use of relevant ICT software to enhance our safeguarding practice with full compliance and awareness of GDPR and other regulatory requirements

• Monitor safeguarding data and provide analysis to the CEO and Trustees

• Provide leadership in establishing and developing strategic partnerships with other organisations 

• Be a well-recognised focus point freely accessible to all Trust staff seeking guidance 

• Be a key point of liaison with social care, LADO; a point of advice and escalation for schools; be key point of contact for safeguarding investigations, liaise with relevant agencies and report to appropriate authorities

• Enable all Trust schools to get support from Early Help and social care services where needed

• To take part in as appropriate, coordinate, cascade and evaluate quality assurance work in schools with regard safeguarding

• To lead/support schools in their work with families, accessing resources, to help increase their involvement in the education and welfare of their children

• Provide guidance on allegations against staff

• Be key focus for: contact with relevant Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) • Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) protocols and procedures

• Receive and review Serious Case Review reports from relevant LSCBs 

• Review and update policy suite for the Trust that collectively defines the child safeguarding strategy

• Implementation of new procedures to ensure the best possible safeguarding arrangements are in place

• Implementation of governance overview and scrutiny of procedure implementation


• Ensure the Trust has a cohesive Wellbeing Strategy for young people with clearly identified success criteria which are monitored for impact

• Ensure all schools can identify children in need of mental health support 

• Develop classroom staff training programme

  • Support schools in access to mental health training and support

• Lead mental health lead training programme

• To support the rollout and development of the Trust Staff Wellbeing Strategy

Please note that we reserve the right to interview on application should a suitable candidate apply and we have the right to withdraw this advert prior to the closing date. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the role as soon as possible.


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The Good Shepherd Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that all our employment practices reflect this commitment.
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