Specialist Nurse Child Protection

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Closing Date: 14/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time
Location Stockton-on-Tees
Salary £45,839 Per Year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

To work closely with the Named Nurses and other professionals within the Safeguarding Children Team supporting activities to ensure the Trust meets its responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).

To provide advice and support to health professionals relating to the safeguarding of children and young people across the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, (HDFT), footprint, working with partner agencies to ensure robust and timely communication and effective practice to safeguard children.

To plan, facilitate and evaluate a training programme that is consistent with the Intercollegiate Document. Safeguarding Children and Young People, Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff (2019) and the HDFT Child Protection Training Strategy. This involves the development and delivery of training courses across HDFT, in Provider Organisations with whom there is a Service Level Agreement (SLA) and as part of the multi-agency Local Safeguarding Children Board.

To provide Reflective Child Protection Supervision for employees of HDFT (and employees of organisations with whom there is a SLA) as set out within the HDFT Child Protection Supervision Policy.

To support practitioners when preparing Court Reports for child care proceedings.

To support the Named Nurses to collect information if there is a Serious or other types of Case Review.

Main duties of the job

The role of the Safeguarding Children Team is to provide a safe Safeguarding Children Service for all HDFT employees and employees of organisations with whom there is a Service Level Agreement. These services include:

  • Advice and support of practitioners who have concern about the welfare of a child, from initial concern through the Child Protection process to legal proceedings.
  • Provision of training in line with the Intercollegiate Document: Safeguarding Children: Roles and Competencies of Health Professionals (2019).
  • Provision of reflective supervision.
  • Support and promotion of effective inter and multi-agency working.

Support of good organisational governance processes to provide assurance of a safe service including development of appropriate polices and procedures

Please see Job description for in depth description of duties

About us

Working for your organisation At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust we provide outstanding care to both our patients and our staff. We support staff through benefits ,health and wellbeing initiatives and opportunities for personal and professional development. An inclusive and supportive culture our Trust encourages staff to bring their whole selves to work and active Staff Networks identify areas for improvement. Staff Recognition – as well as regular appraisals, we recognise staff with our Making a Difference, Team of the Month Awards &Colleague Recognition Awards Employee Support and wellbeing – we have a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme, counselling service and fast track physiotherapy service for employees. Staff Benefits – We have a range of staff benefits and schemes to support staff health, engagement, wellbeing and inclusion.


Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification or please contact Gail McGinness on gail.mcginness@nhs.net


Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications/ Training/ Experience


  • Current Nursing NMC Registration
  • Post registration qualification in Health Visiting or School Nursing degree or Nursing Degree with a wide range of child protection experience
  • Qualification in Teaching and Assessing or willingness to undertake training to obtain the qualification or working towards this qualification or ability to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
  • Experience of working across agency boundaries
  • Experience of teaching and assessing students, supporting staff and peers
  • Minimum of 2 years working with children and families
  • Experience of working as part of a team to ensure that Child Protection Plans/ holistic assessments are progressed to improve outcomes for children


  • Level 4 safeguarding Training
  • Specific Child Protection course
  • Supervisor Supervision Training
  • Leadership Development course
  • Experience of clinical audit and performance management
  • Experience as a clinical supervisor
  • Experience working with a Safeguarding children’s team
  • Experience of clinical audit and performance

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

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