Safeguarding & Learning Advisor, Open to flexible working

Hackney, London (Greater)
£37,413 - £38,403 per annum
19 Sep 2019
02 Oct 2019

Fixed Term/Secondment Contract (12 months) - Full-Time

We are looking for a high performing professional committed to working effectively to bring about positive change for children and families.  Our Safeguarding and Learning Advisors are involved in a wide range of work and are key in driving improvements in Hackney's Children and Families Service.   A degree level qualification is desirable but not essential for this post.

The Safeguarding and Learning Team is the Children and Families Service’s learning and improvement hub and supports frontline practice and drives service improvement through quality assurance, workforce development, organisational understanding, policy and process development, research, project management, panel coordination, and monitoring and evaluation. As a learning organisation, the role of the Safeguarding and Learning Team is key in ensuring learning from feedback and practice across the Children and Families Service drives continuous service improvement.

The Safeguarding and Learning Team aims to support and drive best practice through the provision of accessible services to practitioners, project management of high profile and innovative projects, and providing a research and reporting function to senior management. Some of the team’s work is ongoing, for example workforce development and panel support, but a lot of the work is time limited projects that come about through an identified service need, for example through our quality assurance programme, or external opportunities or pressures, such as funding bids or changes in government guidance.

Do you have:

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to analyse, present and disseminate complex information effectively to a variety of audiences?
  • A good understanding of the context and framework within which children and families services operate?
  • Experience in effective project management?
  • Enthusiasm, dedication and the ability to think on your feet?     

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

When applying, it is essential that you include a supporting statement (no more than two sides of A4), addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.

The next stage of the recruitment process will be to complete an online test. This will be sent to you within 3 days after the application closing date. The email you receive will be from the test site, Skills Arena. Please contact the recruitment team on 0208 356 8845 if you do not receive an online test within 3 working days once the role has closed. Please do not contact us prior to the 3 working days.

Closing date for applications: 02 October 2019

Online Testing: Within 3 days after the closing date

Interviews: To be confirmed


We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.