Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - The Portsmouth Academy

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Job type

Term Time, Permanent


£18,642 - £20,981

Closing date

30 January 2022

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Salary: TSAT Grade D £21,532 – £24,234 (Pro rata salary £18,642 – £20,981)

Hours per week: 37 hours per week, term time, including INSET days + 5 days

Contract: Permanent

Start date: ASAP

Closing Date: 30/01/2022

Interview Date: TBC

We are recruiting for a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in to join Portsmouth Academy. The purpose of the role is to specialise in digital safety and wellbeing, for which full training will be provided. As Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, your role will be to assist the Designated Safeguarding Lead to safeguard all students and to deputise in the absence of the DSL.

What the role will include:

For a full list of responsibilities please see the attached JD

  • You will be responsible for keeping an accurate and up to date database of information regarding Safeguarding concerns, actions and information for students.
  • Hold allocated cases eg CP CIN EHP etc as delegated by DSL. Ensure all associated paperwork is filed and recorded in line with GDPR.
  • Triage and action the Safeguard alerts and ensure that safeguarding practice is followed in regards to all statutory responsibilities.
  • Offer advice to staff with regard to routine safeguarding issues and take appropriate action.
  • Make direct referrals with outside agencies including; Children’s Services, Police, Mental Health
  • Attend and contribute to the digital citizenship working party and drive actions across the school
  • Attend meetings with external agencies, parents and students and coordinate and minute as required

What you will need to succeed:

  • Knowledge and experience of working with children, young people and families and dealing with barriers to education
  • Knowledge, experience and understanding of safeguarding procedures, child protection issues and law and regulations governing the employment of children
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own workload, and meet deadlines within fixed, sometimes conflicting, timescales
  • Experience of working with children and young people, parents / carers to overcome attendance difficulties
  • Excellent IT skills, including spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and internet /email
  • Excellent SIMs knowledge
  • High level written, oral and listening communication skills for effective interaction with internal and external contacts

It is an exciting time to be joining the hardworking and committed staff at The Portsmouth Academy, our brand new Aspire building launched in September 2020 boasting excellent facilities and panoramic views of the city, as well as additional refurbishment in the existing building. The Portsmouth Academy is also on a journey to becoming a Microsoft Showcase School due to our approach to digital learning.

“Leaders have dramatically improved the quality of teaching, learning and assessment… consequently, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently good and continues to improve.” – Ofsted, April 2017 

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is a family of schools consisting of both primary and secondary schools across Kent, Hampshire and Plymouth. 

We believe that every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities at life regardless of their individual circumstances.

Education is the key to transforming life chances and we support and develop every member of our community to:

  • Think about their Thinking
  • Be their Best self
  • Shape their Success

In this way we transform life chances

What our Trust will offer you:

  • Revised support staff pay scale to retain and reward excellent people
  • The opportunity to work with happy and well-behaved students who are excited about learning and work with parents who are supportive of our school values and ethos
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas
  • Free parking in our staff car park

What you need to do now:

If you are interested in working at our school, benefitting from a supportive network of colleagues across our Trust, and are keen to progress your career then please apply today!

We strongly encourage anybody who may be interested in working at our school to direct any question they may have to the Head’s PA, Sue Wood on .

To apply for this role please complete an online application form via the Thinking Schools Academy Trust website:

We also encourage any early applications and we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we suitable candidate is found.

If you experience any issues in applying for this role via our careers site please apply by completing our Microsoft Application Form: please click here to submit an application via Microsoft Forms

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.