Job Vacancy: Safeguarding & Wellbeing Lead

Job Vacancy: Safeguarding & Wellbeing Lead

Come be part of our fabulous team as we March on Together.

An exciting job opportunity has arisen at Leeds United FC for a Safeguarding & Wellbeing Lead based at our fantastic Academy and Training Grounds located in Wetherby. 

Elland Road has been the home of Leeds United since 1919 and remains one of English football's great theatres and is 'the only place for us' ever since. With a capacity of 37,890, it is England's 11th largest football ground in the Premier League.

Everyone at Leeds United is dedicated to working as one team and to be the best we can be.

Come be part of our fabulous team as we March on Together. 

The Safeguarding and Wellbeing Lead will support the Head of Safeguarding & EDI (HOS) and Academy Education & Player Care Manager (Designated Safeguarding Officer) to deliver a high standard of safeguarding & wellbeing within the Leeds United Academy.

They will also work to ensure the Academy complies and excels in delivering the Premier League Safeguarding Standards and embed a healthy safeguarding & wellbeing culture within the Academy.

Some of the main duties would include:

  • Ensuring good practice is met by championing the safeguarding and Mental Health & Wellbeing policies and procedures.
  • Act as Assistant Designated Safeguarding Officer for the Academy and be one of the main points of contact within the Academy for reporting and managing concerns and report to the DSO & HOS in managing cases reported to and by the Academy staff using our online reporting application “MyConcern”.
  • Maintain accurate, confidential and up-to-date documentation on all safeguarding cases using My Concern, where required in line with GDPR regulations, undertaking further investigations when required.
  • Co-ordinate the dissemination of safeguarding and wellbeing policy, procedures, communications and resources throughout the Academy including but not limited to staff, players, host families, parents and guardians.
  • Provide advice and support to all staff, volunteers and associates of the Academy in relation to safeguarding concerns and queries.
  • Help to ensure that safeguarding standards are met, maintained and exceeded within the Academy.
  • Managing the accommodation policy, in conjunction with the player care lead, reporting to the Academy Education & Player Care Manager, including: Administering recruitment & selection of host families, Monitoring of host families, Induction of players to new accommodation, Maintaining contact with parents of players in accommodation
  • Develop and manage the safer recruitment portal, including DBS requirements and ensuring safeguarding training is recorded accurately.
  • Quality assurance of Academy safeguarding practices
  • Coordinating & delivering staff, player and parent safeguarding workshops.
  • Living the values of the Club and championing our culture to help deliver the vision of the Academy and the Club
  • Participating in all external CPD to ensure compliance with PL, EFL and NGB standards
  • Engaging in the Academy staff development programme and attending departmental CPD events
  • Supporting the Academy holistic development programme as needed
  • Support the delivery of EDI initiatives within the Academy

The ideal candidate is required to have the following essential qualifications:

  • DBS check with children’s barred list check
  • Safeguarding Level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • FA Safeguarding children certificate

Some desirable qualifications may include:

  • Academic qualifications relating to sport, teaching or child development
  • FA Welfare Officer Certificate
  • Mental Health First Aid

The ideal candidate is required to have the following essential experience:

  • 2yrs minimum safeguarding experience in a sports, social care or education environment

Desirable experience may include:

  • Experience working in a Category 1 Academy

Ideal knowledge & Skills we like team members to have, include:

  • Possesses a demonstrable knowledge of safeguarding policy and best practice
  • Possesses a strong awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • IT literate
  • Communicates using a variety of methods and using an age-appropriate vocabulary
  • Builds positive relationships with the players, staff and all stakeholders
  • Demonstrates outstanding listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • Competent with modern technologies that support the performance of their duties
  • Able to assess and quality assure safeguarding practices
  • Able to exercise individual judgement, assess risk and consult where and when appropriate
  • Understands the current Academy system and professional football culture and landscape  
  • Use of My Concern or similar safeguarding management system
  • Able to write complex reports
  • Ability to assess the needs of and work with individuals and groups using a person-centred approach

Ideal characteristics we look for in team members include:

  • Inspires others and is a positive role model
  • Is personable and able to connect and build relationships with others easily
  • Demands high standards and has an attention to detail
  • Is open minded, innovative and willing to explore new ideas/concepts
  • Enjoys facing challenges and have the resilience and resourcefulness to see complex tasks through
  • Is proactive and able to identify and mitigate risks
  • Is a collaborator and relishes the opportunity to work alongside others to overcome challenges and achieve goals
  • Willing to share their knowledge experience as part of a community of practice
  • Able to work with players, staff and other stakeholders of varying ages, experience, backgrounds and cultures
  • Committed to personal development and continuous improvement
  • Possesses a strong work ethic and are motivated to be the best they can be
  • Able to promote the positive image of the Academy and the Club
  • Works well under pressure 

Equality & Diversity:

As we are a diverse organisation that respects differences in race, ethnicity, religion or belief(s), gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age or with regards to pregnancy or maternity, we welcome all applications. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. Leeds United is opposed to any form of discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.

Safeguarding & Recruitment:

Leeds United FC are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expect all staff to share this commitment. All staff, whatever their role will receive safeguarding training and will be expected to champion the culture of 'safeguarding is everybody's responsibility'.

To apply please click on the link below or scan the bar code to complete our online application form: