Volunteering

College Governor – Safeguarding Lead The Together Trust

Location: Manchester

Date Posted: 11/11/2020

Closing Date: 09/02/2021

This recruiter is scheduling interviews as the applications come in. So apply now!
Job description

We are looking for a college Governor with safeguarding expertise to support the continuing success and growth of our college. Bridge College is a further education special day college supporting students up to 25 years with learning difficulties and disabilities, complex needs, communication disorders and autism.

Governors have a key role in planning Bridge College’s long term future, its aims and values. They promote high standards of education and achievement and have a role in target setting. This will involve helping to ensure clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction. You will use your experience and expertise to support and guide the senior leadership of Bridge College. You will also hold them to account for its management; quality of the teaching and learning; achievement, wellbeing and safety of pupils; and compliance with statutory responsibilities.

In particular, this governor role will lead on safeguarding issues. The Children’s Act 2004 places a duty on agencies to ensure that their functions are discharged having regard for the need to safeguard children and promote their welfare. By safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children we mean:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The main activities involved in the role are:

  • attending meetings and taking an active part in them – generally three full Governing Body meetings per year and also termly sub group meetings
  • attending Governor induction training and other training as appropriate
  • helping to make informed strategic decisions – particularly aided by attendance at the annual School Improvement Planning day (this is a key meeting for understanding and participating in the strategic planning for the next year)
  • getting to know the school and its staff and students.

The Safeguarding Lead Governor is also expected to take on the following specific safeguarding responsibilities:

  • ensuring that the Governing Body puts in place suitable Safeguarding Policies and associated procedures
  • ensuring safeguarding arrangements take into account the procedures and practice of the local authority
  • attending relevant safeguarding training to increase understanding and awareness of local and national safeguarding issues
  • championing safeguarding issues within the college
  • having strategic oversight of the effectiveness of the Governing Body’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

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