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Safeguarding Manager


Job Description:

Safeguarding Manager

G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services

Oakhill Secure Training Centre, Milton Keynes, MK5 6AJ

Salary £40,000 - £44,000 per annum + benefits

Full Time, Permanent Role (40 hours per week)


G4S Care & Rehabilitation Services (CaRS) already successfully manages 5 prisons, one secure training centre, a number of community contracts in England and Wales and are currently mobilising a brand new prison. The philosophy of our establishments is to rehabilitate offenders and equip them to re-integrate into mainstream society on release. We seek to normalise conditions as far as possible to reflect life in the outside community. Our aim is to create an environment in which our employees and residents feel safe and secure. Our success is underpinned by the way we lead and engage with our people.


At Oakhill Secure Training Centre, we look after children aged 12 to 18 years old who have been remanded or sentenced to periods of detention; ranging from approximately 6 months to those serving life sentences. The vulnerable children in our care can be challenging with a wide range of social and emotional complex needs. This is an environment that calls for high standards of social care and service delivery to provide a secure and stable environment for children to develop their life skills and address the behaviours that have led them into custody. 


We work closely with the Youth Custody Services to ensure that its regimes and designs reflect best practice in residential care to prevent offending.

We are now looking for a Safeguarding Manager who has experience in working with vulnerable children and young people in a social work capacity.  The role involves managing safeguarding investigations, external referrals to partnership agencies and ensuring children have a voice within the Centre.

To succeed in this role, you will need to be a dynamic and engaging individual, with experience of supporting vulnerable children who may have experienced abuse. The role will require you to promote a child centred approach which prioritises both the safeguarding of the children’s welfare and wellbeing, as well as supporting staff learning and development to ensure our compliance with the Children’s Act 2004.


You will support the Head of Safeguarding and be responsible in their absence as the designated safeguarding lead. The ideal candidate will also be responsible for mentoring existing staff in completing Social Work qualifications


 The role requires working with a wide range of Safeguarding Stakeholders including the Local Authority Designated Officer, Youth Custody Service and Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub amongst others.


Essential Skills

·         Must have a social work degree

·         Must be eligible for registration with Social Work England.

·         Understanding of current legislation around safeguarding in particular around children

·         Experience of working with vulnerable children

·         Knowledge of multi-agency working and partnership

It is every employee’s responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons he/she is responsible for or comes into contact with. Therefore every employee will be required to hold a current enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Scheme) certificate.


Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 10 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Youth Custody Service are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 3 years. 


At G4S, we invest heavily in our people.  If you join us you will have a job specific induction programme to equip you with the skills and knowledge for the job. As well as ongoing support and development opportunities we offer generous holiday entitlement, company pension, an onsite gym, free onsite parking and the chance to do an extraordinary job – every day.


Equality and Diversity is an important part of G4S Care and Rehabilitation Services. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds and are a fully inclusive employer who aims to support all employees to be their true selves. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments for either the role or during the recruitment process


Safeguarding children and young people is our primary focus and the welfare of the child is paramount. Therefore we have a corporate responsibility to ensure that the safeguarding and our G4S values are at the centre of all we do.​


To apply for this role, you must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years.   You will also be required to undergo DBS enhanced level security clearance and will need to provide full details of your work and educational history covering the last 10 years as part of the screening process.

  • Job Type

    Permanent, Full Time

  • Work Authorisation


  • Industry Sector Social Services