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Community Safeguarding
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (09:00-17:00 hrs)
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Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Community Safeguarding Team, East Wing Becton Centre
£43,742 - £50,056 per annum
Salary period
15/06/2023 23:59

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Safeguarding Nurse Specialist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Community Safeguarding Team at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as a Safeguarding Specialist Nurse. 

The post holder will be a compassionate, accountable individual who treats all colleagues, patients and service users with respect and seeks to deliver excellence in their role. They will share the Trust values and be committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The post holder will be a key member of the team  supporting  the Trust in meeting its statutory and legal safeguarding responsibilities. The team members are compassionate, supportive, dynamic and forward thinking making it  a fantastic team to be part of.              

The Safeguarding Nurse Specialist will be enthusiastic, highly motivated and innovative. We  would welcome applications from individuals with significant safeguarding experience , a sound  knowledge and understanding of safeguarding children and adults.




Main duties of the job

The Safeguarding Specialist Nurse will be responsible for supporting community staff with complex safeguarding cases through  safeguarding advice;   supervision and  training.  Other  aspects of the role will include  health contribution in the Safeguarding Hub and MARAC;  advice and support to community staff with legal statements for Care Proceedings and contribution to safeguarding audits and reviews.

The Safeguarding Specialist Nurse will  provide support, direction,  scrutiny,  professional  challenge and  escalation as required. 
 The role  involves   regular input in the Sheffield Safeguarding Hub  sharing  health information appropriately to screen  safeguarding concerns; contributing to multi-agency discussion and decision-making .

The Safeguarding Nurse Specialist will  act as a key decision maker for Health in the different aspects of multi-agency  work.  

Safeguarding Nurse Specialists are required to attend relevant meetings within and outside the Trust as agreed by the Named Nurse.

Working for our organisation

Sheffield Children’s is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision “to create a healthier future for children and young people.” 

  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children’s health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including; generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see Job Description and Personal Specification for full details.

The Safeguarding Nurse Specialist will be required to:

  • Work in partnership within and outside the Trust,  supporting service delivery and developments in line with  local and national policy directives.
  • Work in line with Sheffield Children & Adult   Partnership  Procedures; Sheffield Thresholds of Need Guidance; Trust policies,  all of which are consistent with statutory guidance and legislation, e.g Working Together  (2018);  Children Act (1989); Children Act (2004); the Care Act 2014 and other relevant legislation relating to safeguarding children and adults.
  • Support  Safeguarding Practitioners & champions with the management of restorative safeguarding supervision with regard to most vulnerable children/ young people and adults.
  • Provide restorative safeguarding supervision and support to identified staff groups.
  • Have key responsibilities which will require them to work closely with Named Professionals, safeguarding teams within  and outside  the Trust; Line Managers and colleagues. 
  • Support staff to intervene early, engage the most vulnerable and at risk families; ensuring they receive early help & support, according to identified needs.
  • Ensure robust risk assessments are undertaken, clinical decision making is based on local safeguarding procedures and best practice.
  • Promote delivery of high quality services to improve outcomes for children; young people and their families.
  • Share health information appropriately within the legal framework about the most vulnerable children, young people and adults, when working with statutory and other partner agencies.
  • Receive and assess incoming safeguarding work including referrals for safeguarding supervision; maintaining oversight over  cases subject to safeguarding supervision, in conjunction with  Safeguarding Practitioners/ champions and Team Leaders.
  • Provide a key link with Safeguarding Practitioners/champions to ensure  their work with the most vulnerable families remain safe and co-ordinated.
  • Work closely with Partners  supporting early intervention and   Family Common Assessment Framework (FCAF) implementation to respond early &  appropriately to the needs of vulnerable children; young people and their families. 
  • Manage records in line with Trust policies and NMC standards.
  • In conjunction with the Named Nurse, monitor and evaluate the delivery and quality of safeguarding practice and supervisory practice within community services.
  • Respond to requests from the Trust; Safeguarding Partnership and Sheffield Domestic and Sexual Abuse Coordination Team (DACT) and provide  agency report for child and adult safeguarding reviews e.g Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews; Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs); serious incident reviews (SIRs);  or any other safeguarding reviews.
  • Co-ordinate and undertake Trust safeguarding audits; contribute to multi-agency audits, acting on the findings to improve practice.
  • Cascade and reinforce learning from reviews/audits and support the implementation and completion of  action plans.
  • Contribute to  the delivery, development and review of safeguarding training programmes. 
  • Deputise for the Named Nurse in their absence  providing representation   at  relevant meetings.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Children’s being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

 The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:

  • Compassion – leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability – striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect – value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence – delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person specification

Qualifications & Training

Essential criteria
  • NMC Registered
  • Registered Nurse with SCPHN qualification: School nursing/Health visiting or equivalent
  • Ongoing professional development – includes safeguarding
  • Safeguarding supervision qualification, or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Master’s degree - includes safeguarding or working towards o Post graduate safeguarding training


Essential criteria
  • Significant post registration experience as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse or equivalent and substantial recent experience in safeguarding children and adults.
  • Experience safeguarding supervision delivery or willingness to develop knowledge and skills required to deliver effective restorative safeguarding supervision
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of Leading a Team
  • Experience/involvement in undertaking safeguarding reviews
  • Experience of teaching, mentoring and facilitating professional development of staff.


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of statutory guidance and legislation regarding protection of children and adults;
  • Awareness of the complex issues involved when working across organisations and disciplines
Desirable criteria
  • Experience /knowledge of Government initiatives in respect of children with disabilities and looked after children
  • Participation/involvement in safeguarding reviews and learning lessons to improve practice

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Meeta Palawan
Job title
Named Nurse/Community Safeguarding Service Lead
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Additional information

Landline 0114 - 3053229