Independent Chair of the Diocese Safeguarding Steering Group

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Stoke Gifford, Bristol
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SUMMARY OF ROLE
To ensure that the DSSG:
- discharges its role of advising the Bishop of Bristol, other Senior leaders within the Diocese as regards their safeguarding duties and responsibilities with respect to Children and vulnerable adults.

- is able to discharge its duties to provide independent oversight and scrutiny with regards to safeguarding practice in the Diocese of Bristol and the parishes therein.

SUMMARY OF ROLE
To ensure that the DSSG:
- discharges its role of advising the Bishop of Bristol, other Senior leaders within the Diocese as regards their safeguarding duties and responsibilities with respect to Children and vulnerable adults.

- is able to discharge its duties to provide independent oversight and scrutiny with regards to safeguarding practice in the Diocese of Bristol and the parishes therein.

To provide effective chairing of DSSG meetings ensuring that actions and outcomes are progressed, documented.
Provide outstanding leadership to assist in raising the profile of safeguarding within all aspects of the work of the Diocese.

ACCOUNTABLE TO - The Bishop of Bristol
RESPONSIBLE FOR - 10-12 days per annum
REMUNERATION - Voluntary appointment, expenses paid in arrears
KEY RELATIONSHIPS
Bishop of Bristol
Bishop of Swindon
Archdeacons of Malmesbury and Bristol
Diocesan Secretary
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and Safeguarding Team
DSSG Members
Peers in other Dioceses and Denominations
National Safeguarding Team
Local statutory agencies: Local Authority, Police, and Probation
Main AIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide effective leadership of the DSSG and ensure that the DSSG:
• operates in accordance with its advisory and scrutiny functions outlined in the Terms of reference of the DSSG;
• Work effectively and in collaboration with the Bishop of Bristol and other senior staff and the DSA to ensure the DSSG has a strategic overview of safeguarding practice across the diocese
• Meet 4 times per year with the Bishop of Bristol and as required in order to address any specific issues or concerns that have arisen: to raise and report any concerns/issues as part of whistle blowing arrangements

Work with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and the Safeguarding Team to ensure the highest standards of safeguarding practice are maintained across the Diocese.
• Meet regularly with the DSA and Diocesan Secretary (Diocesan Safeguarding Lead) to agree the agenda/minutes, chairing the meetings and monitoring follow up actions,
and
• Ensure the strategic improvement plan is implemented and managed effectively
• Ensure that the DSSG is adequately resourced, that there is sufficient capacity and diversity of skills, experience and background of members of the DSSG
• To be involved in recruitment and succession planning of DSSG members
• Ensure that appropriate quality assurance and risk management processes are effectively managed by the Risk Management Group (RMG).
• Ensure that the DSSG considers the needs of victims/survivors and others effected by abuse
• Provide an ad hoc point of contact for the DSA/ Bishop of Bristol outside of formal supervision/management arrangements.
• Attend one Diocesan Synod meeting to present the safeguarding annual report/ update;
• Attend one Bishop’s Council per annum
• Attend national and regional chairs network meetings;
• Engage with strategic safeguarding arrangements (LSCBs and LSABs) and other statutory sector partners with regards to safeguarding practice.