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VACANCY | Club Designated Safeguarding Officer

22 October 2021

An exciting opportunity to join the team here at AESSEAL New York Stadium has arisen...


JOB TITLE: Club Designated Safeguarding Officer

REPORTING TO: Senior Safeguarding Manager

LOCATION: The AESSEAL New York Stadium

MAIN PURPOSE: To manage the safeguarding programme for Rotherham United Football Club

SALARY: Depending on experience

WORKING HOURS: TBC (17.5 hours per week to include matchdays and company needs)



  • As a subject matter expert, you are responsible for ensuring you are conversant with relevant legislation, policies and procedures and an awareness of best practice externally and using this to make changes and recommendations.
  • To work closely with the departmental Designated Safeguarding Officers across the organisation to create a positive, child-centred, safe environment.
  • To develop, implement and review safeguarding policies and processes to ensure they meet legislation, guidance and are relevant.
  • Co-ordinate the dissemination of policy, procedures and awareness throughout the organisation.
  • Work with Human Resources to deliver the safeguarding strategy, safeguarding induction and training for staff.
  • To work in accordance with the English Football League (EFL) and/or The FA safeguarding standards and audited practices.
  • You will be the main point of contact for audit procedures (FA, EFL, Barnardo’s, Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) and any others as required).
  • Record, manage and investigate all reported safeguarding concerns, managing the caseload appropriately.
  • Maintain accurate, confidential and up-to-date documentation on all cases of safeguarding and child protection and report where required in line with GDPR regulations. These reports will need to be presented to the SSM on a monthly basis and at board meetings when required.
  • Ensure that all policies relating to safeguarding and welfare are signed off by the Board annually or when required due to a change in legislation or practice
  • Play a lead role in developing and establishing the organisation’s approach to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.
  • Ensure safeguarding standards are met and maintained.
  • Provide advice and support to all staff, volunteers and associates of the organisation in relation to safeguarding concerns and queries
  • Manage the electronic case management system, My Concern, for recording and tracking concerns and allegations pertaining to the safety and welfare of children and adults at risk.
  • Be the main point of contact and provide expert advice for all Rotherham United safeguarding concerns for internal and external individuals and appropriate agencies.
  • Report and refer to external agencies child protection/poor practice in line with policy guidance advised by EFL/FA.
  • Oversee the DBS checks, barring referrals, risk assessments and the Single Central Record (SCR)
  • Work closely with the Rotherham United Academy to ensure the safeguarding ethos is embedded and support with player care and scholar accommodation.
  • Ensure a person-centred approach is taken no matter what the issue is, provide support and sign posting where required.
  • Provide support and guidance to any member of staff engaged in each activity who reports suspected abuse of a child or adult at risk.
  • To support the Rotherham United values, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and our Safeguarding policies in every aspect of your work and positively promote the principles of these policies amongst colleagues, stakeholders, service users and other members of the community.
  • To represent Rotherham United at external multi agency safeguarding meetings, creating new links with external statutory and voluntary agencies.
  • Confidentiality is important within our business, understanding the need for boundaries and privacy is paramount.
  • To make sure that your own knowledge, skills and training are up-to-date.
  • To ensure the other departmental designated safeguarding officers are supported and supervised as necessary, and in particular when any work has been delegated down to them.



  • Experience of working in safeguarding and/or a child or adult protection related role
  • Experience of implementing policy and procedures
  • Evidence of promoting good practice, continuous improvement, and management of safeguarding concerns
  • Experience in advising on the safeguarding of vulnerable groups, preferably in elite sport.
  • Knowledge and understanding of current safeguarding legislation, guidance, best practice, and policies in respect of the welfare of vulnerable groups, Children and Adults at Risk.
  • Experience of managing and investigating safeguarding allegations
  • An understanding of Child Protection requirements
  • Knowledge of childcare legislation and guidance regulations and best practise.
  • Ability to work unsociable hours (including evenings, weekends & or occasional matchdays)
  • Full UK driving licence or ability to travel to various locations, due to the demands of the role



  • Degree level qualification in Safeguarding
  • FA Safeguarding Certificate or equivalent
  • FA Emergency Aid or equivalent
  • The ability to write and deliver training across different departments and engage key stakeholders internally and externally to the Club.



This role will have regular contact with children, and it is therefore required by law to have a DBS Enhanced Criminal Record Check with children’s barred list check.



Please complete the application form that can be found on the Club website and return as requested as an upload to Indeed along with your CV and covering letter stating your suitability for the role.

Unfortunately, your application may not be processed without a completed application form being returned to the Club

Salary Competitive



Rotherham United takes safeguarding very seriously and is committed to ensuring that all children and adults at risk are safeguarded at all times when engaging in Club activities or services. The club has numerous safeguarding policies and best practice guidelines to support this and expects all employees to adopt such policies and practices at all times.

The club adheres to strict guidelines, policies and procedures when recruiting staff who work with children and/or adults at risk and is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate safeguarding training suitable to their role/s. Successful applicants are expected to share the club’s approach to safeguarding at all times.

Equal Opportunities:

The post holder’s duties must be carried out in compliance with the Club’s Equal Opportunities Policy, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation.

Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and a signatory to the new FA Football Leadership Diversity Code and all applicants for employment will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin.

These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities within Rotherham United Football Club, commensurate with the post without changing the character of the post. This post requires a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) check with a barred list check. The applicant must be prepared to submit a CRC application if they do not hold and FA CRC Certificate. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Information on all convictions including spent convictions must be declared, in line with the new Government Filtering System.

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Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Closing date - 5pm on Friday 29th October 2021

Application Deadline: 27/10/2021


Job Types: Full-time, Permanent



To apply for the role, click the following link:

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