Position Description (PDF)
Reporting to: Director, Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office
The Position: The Safeguarding Officer is responsible for facilitating and coordinating the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney’s fundamental obligation to ensure the proper safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults in parishes and agencies, by supporting them in understanding and complying with legislative and regulatory requirements.
The Safeguarding Officer will strengthen agency and parish compliance with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, the Office of the Children’s Guardian Child Safe Standards and the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.
The Safeguarding Officer will implement a broad focus to safeguarding which endeavours to build and strengthen a proactive safeguarding culture to ensure compliance in the safeguarding of children and people experiencing vulnerability.
The Safeguarding Officer, Support and Compliance is responsible for the following:
- Monitor compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements including the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual abuse, the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.
- Support agencies, parishes and priests and others to strengthen and embed a safeguarding culture to ensure compliance with legislation and regulatory requirements through self-assessment and audit processes.
- Contribute to the provision of timely information and responses to claims relating to the National Redress Scheme.
- Provide legislative and regulatory updates in relation to Safeguarding and Child Protection to agencies and parishes through the development of resource materials including protocols, fact sheets and resource materials.
- Plan, manage, conduct and provide written reports on investigations of complaints/allegations as required by the Director.
- Monitor Safety Plans for restricted clergy to ensure safe integration within the community.
- Proactively manage relationships with stakeholders externally and internally to promote a culture of safety for children.
- Undertake other duties as required by the Director, on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
Inter-relationships: The Officer, Support and Compliance interacts with a variety of internal and external groups:
- Key staff in the Catholic Education Office and CatholicCare as well as all agency/organisations under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney (CAS).
- Parishes Priests, secretaries, staff and administrators within CAS
- All staff of the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Sydney
- Other Safeguarding/ Professional Standards offices in other Archdioceses and Dioceses
Qualifications and Experience:
The ideal Safeguarding Officer, Support and Compliance will have:
- A commitment to the teachings, values and ethos of the Catholic Church.
- A relevant tertiary degree in social work, social sciences, investigations and/or compliance or other relevant experience or qualifications.
- Experience and understanding of Safeguarding and Child Protection requirements and mandates under NSW legislation/regulation and compliance when working within a regulated environment.
- Demonstrated experience of investigating complaints and allegations including writing comprehensive reports.
- Demonstrated experience in compliance and audit within a legislative and regulatory environment.
- Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills including conflict resolution skills.
- Demonstrated ability to set, monitor and achieve work targets.
- Working with Children Check in NSW or ability to obtain.
The Safeguarding Officer, Support and Compliance will demonstrate the following attributes:
- The ability to operate with discretion and to maintain confidentiality.
- Excellent communication skills which include the ability to listen well and to write professional documents and reports.
- An exemplary pastoral manner supporting the approach of the Vicar General and the Director of the Safeguarding Office.
- Ability to work to deadlines demonstrating attention to detail and showing initiative in the approach to work.
- Ability to work collaboratively, build confidence and co-operation and overcome barriers when consulting and negotiating with stakeholders to achieve improvements in systems, processes and outcomes.
- Ability to work independently and promote strategies to maintain and exceed legislative compliance mandates.
The performance of the Officer, Support and Compliance will be monitored and assessed having regard to:
- Performance on the key responsibilities and attributes for this role
- Maintaining and exceeding legislative compliance mandates
- Service levels and the level of satisfaction expressed by key stakeholders
Applicants should submit a covering letter outlining their suitability for the role by addressing each of the above selection criteria, as well as a resume outlining your qualifications and experience.
Applications to be sent in confidence to:
Employment Services Manager
Polding Centre, Level 5
133 Liverpool Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
or to: [email protected]