Chair of Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP)

The Chair of Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) will provide effective leadership to the DSAP, including agreeing the agenda, in liaison with the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager (DSM)/Diocesan Bishop or nominated person, agreeing minutes, chairing meetings and monitoring follow-up actions.

They will ensure the DSAP discharges its role and functions in line with the terms of reference and work with the DSM and senior staff to ensure the group has a strategic overview of Safeguarding Practice across the diocese in line with House of Bishops’ Policy and Practice Guidance, together with appropriate quality assurance and risk management processes. Consideration by the DSAP toward the needs of victims/survivors and those affected by abuse together must be ensured and supported with relevant advice

The Chair will work with the DSM and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the DSAP is adequately resourced; that there is sufficient capacity and diversity of skill sets and experience/background of members. To be involved in recruitment and succession planning and provide an ad hoc point of contact for DSM, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers (DSAs) and Diocesan Bishop or nominated person/members of the group outside of formal supervisory and management arrangements.

To advise where necessary the Diocesan Bishop (nominated person)/Senior Leadership Team of specific concerns/issues. Where appropriate to raise and report any concerns/issues as part of whistle blowing arrangements and to engage in the Chairs National and Regional Network meetings, as required.

Travel expenses in accordance the Diocesan procedures can be claimed for travel to and from home to diocesan offices and as you fulfil your role and any additional travel that has been agreed as part of your role.

An honorarium payment of £500 per annum will be paid.

This post is subject to a clear enhanced DBS check.

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