Head of SEND / SEN – Student Support, Welfare and Safeguarding Manager

  • Job Reference: AWDO-C5080A
  • Date Posted: 22 October 2019
  • Recruiter: AWD online
  • Location: Bristol, South West England
  • Salary: £65,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: + Benefits
  • Sector: Education
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Duration: 2 Year Fixed Term Contract (initially)
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: CV Response Team

Job Description

Head of SEND / SEN / Student Support, Welfare, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Area Manager with demonstrable experience of working strategically to address safeguarding issues in schools or academies is required to join the South West Hub of a fast-growing Multi-Academy Trust in Bristol, South West England.


SALARY: up to £65,000 per annum (depending on experience) + Benefits

LOCATION: Bristol, South West England

TYPE: Full-Time, All Year Round - 2 Year Fixed Term Contract (initially)


** The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced DBS check **



We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Head of SEND / SEN / Student Support, Welfare, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Area Manager with demonstrable experience of working strategically to address safeguarding issues in schools or academies.

As the Head of SEND / SEN / Student Support, Welfare, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Area Manager you will be supporting three schools within the South West Region to ensure there is excellent practice and intervention for SEND and understanding of safeguarding.  This is a brand new post which the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape and develop.

Working as the Head of SEND / SEN / Student Support, Welfare, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Area Manager you will ensure that every learner thrives as you set the very highest safeguarding standards, developing safeguarding and SEND strategies which secure the best conditions for academic achievement.

You will have in-depth knowledge of relevant legislation, policy and good practice in respect of safeguarding children and young people in education.  At the same time you will support, advise and oversee complex SEND cases which involve the most vulnerable learners.



If this job looks like your ideal position, then please send in your CV and Cover Letter as soon as possible for our Recruitment Team to review.



Your duties and responsibilities as the Head of SEND / SEN / Student Support, Welfare, Wellbeing and Safeguarding Area Manager will include:

  • Strategic leadership and management across the three schools in ensuring each school has a medium and long-term strategic action plan and vision for safeguarding and pupil wellbeing and encapsulates the latest statutory guidance and legislation
  • Ensure that the south west’s governance structure is well serviced with the delivery of timely and accurate reports, papers, etc. to be able to demonstrate improvement within the schools with regards to safeguarding, SEND and wider student wellbeing
  • To communicate regularly with the Executive Principal and keep them informed of all significant developments, and in particular to report any material concern that schools are giving insufficient priority to safeguarding and SEND issues
  • Be the senior source of professional advice on safeguarding, SEND and pupil wellbeing matters for the schools and in developing and supporting the DSL’s, SENCO’s and senior leaders in each of the schools.
  • Lead for the south west schools the coordination and continued implementation of the 2014 SEND reforms which will involve providing direct professional, strategic and operational guidance to specialist staff
  • Lead the quality assurance of all aspects of SEND including all performance and policy related information and audits
  • Provide professional, effective supervision, support and ongoing development to the DSL’s and SENCO’s and lead all safeguarding and student wellbeing training to staff within the schools
  • Provide specialist child protection support to Senior Leaders within the schools in managing complex cases and support with assessments where appropriate
  • As the strategic lead to liaise with the Safeguarding Children Partnership within the relevant Local Authority in the escalation of incidents within the schools and ensure attendance and contribution to complex strategy meetings as required
  • To investigate in collaboration with Human Resources all incidents where safeguarding allegations are made against a member of school staff
  • Ensure that work is prioritised and resources are allocated in line with the strategic plan
  • Instil a safeguarding culture across all schools and support the development of this amongst all staff
  • Ensure that a learning culture exists and, in particular, that outcomes and lessons from safeguarding casework are learned and practice improved as a result
  • Continuous oversight that the suite of policies in place are robust, appropriate and embedded. Ensure that policies are kept up to date with the latest developments in best practice for safeguarding of children and meeting SEND needs
  • Ensure that strong quality audit and assurance systems are implemented and embedded across the schools as well as providing advice and guidance on the secure retention of investigation documentation where allegations have been made
  • Represent the south west schools at external meetings, forums and conferences to ensure we are both contributing to, and learning from, wider relevant developments in safeguarding and SEND practices
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of students you come into contact with
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to safeguarding, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Be aware of and adhere to all of Academy’s policies and procedures and comply with their contents; raising any concerns in a timely manner



  • Degree level or equivalent qualification in a relevant area
  • Safeguarding qualification(s)
  • Experience of training and coaching others in the leadership and management of safeguarding, SEND and student wellbeing
  • Relevant significant experience of working within schools/academies or social care environment as safeguarding and or SEND lead
  • Demonstrable experience of working strategically to address safeguarding issues in schools or academies
  • Experience of shaping, developing and implementing safeguarding and SEND strategies, policies and practices within schools and academies
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation, (including supporting guidance), such as Education Act 1996, Section 175 of the Education Act 2002. Children and Families Act 2014, SEND Code of Practice, Statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019), Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004, Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education, Working Together 2018
  • Knowledge of a range of issues including: child protection in schools, looked after children, young offenders, CSE, FGM, SEND, domestic violence and other issues in relation to vulnerable children and young people
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding, compassion and empathy to young people and their families/carers with the ability to solve problems of a complex nature; show innovation; tenacity and display sensitive interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to gather, analyse and present information in order to understand complex issues. You will possess well developed facilitation, negotiation influencing skills across professional disciplines, with stakeholders and at all levels
  • Demonstrable ability to think and act strategically, solve problems and make decisions. You will possess high quality communication skills; written, verbal and non-verbal with children and families with the ability to tailor material to the audience
  • Collect and use a rich set of data to understand the strengths and weaknesses of safeguarding procedures
  • Confidence to challenge difficult or sensitive situations and escalate as appropriate
  • Excellent knowledge of IT systems and fully proficient in the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and e-mail
  • Accomplished at planning and time management, confident working within restricted timescales, well developed organisational skills
  • Experience in effective collaboration with external agencies
  • Analysis, interpretation and application of strategies into defined outcomes for SEND
  • Demonstrates a strong focus on pupils safeguarding and wellbeing at all times
  • Strategic thinker and excellent leadership qualities
  • Well organised, methodical and very good attention to detail. Able to produce accurate records and reports as required
  • Ability to write in a confident, sophisticated, accurate manner, fit for a specific context and circumstances
  • Excellent communicator able to identify and use appropriate styles and methods, appropriate to the audience
  • Ability to effectively implement safeguarding legislation and develop a culture of safeguarding awareness
  • Ability to demonstrate resilience, whilst being responsive, open and honest about challenges
  • Ability to actively build constructive and open relationships with networks of colleagues, contacts and organisational partners and a collegiate team player
  • Knowledge, understanding and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion informed by practical experience and application
  • Evidence of recent relevant further professional development
  • Willingness to travel to the three school sites as and when required



To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV and Cover Letter to our Recruitment Team who will review your details. CV’s of Job Applicants meeting this requirement will be submitted to our Client for consideration. By submitting your job application to us you are hereby giving us your express consent to submit your details to our Client for this purpose.

PLEASE NOTE: CVs MUST be attached to your email job application in Microsoft Word or PDF format for our systems to process your application correctly, rather than your CV copied and pasted into the body of the email.


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