Head of Support and Safeguarding

Job Title: Head of Support and Safeguarding
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: England
Salary: See job description
Job Published: June 12, 2018 16:36

Job Description

Head of Support and Safeguarding

Location: London or Sheffield

Salary: National £59,093 - £68,547 - London £64,178 - £74,446

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is seeking an experienced practitioner psychologist or social work professional to take up the senior role of Head of Support and Safeguarding.

IICSA is one of the most important and high-profile public inquiries ever established. Our role is to identify, understand and learn from the institutional failings that allowed child sexual abuse to happen in the past, and to make robust recommendations to prevent that abuse from happening in the future.

Holding a senior leadership position in the Inquiry, you will provide expert consultation on safe, trauma-informed engagement with victims and survivors to the Senior Management Team, Chair, Panel and Inquiry staff. You will promote the trauma-informed approach within the Inquiry, direct the emotional support provided to victims and survivors and investigation witnesses, and will have accountability for the safeguarding practice within the organisation. You will also manage the team that work to pass allegations of child abuse to Operation Hydrant, a national police team.

This role involves leading a multi-disciplinary, talented team of up to 20 staff, comprising psychologists, social workers, counsellors, support workers, and specialist civil servants. The team is split between London and Yorkshire and the post-holder may be based in either location. Regular travel is required in the role to IICSA offices across England and Wales.

The successful candidate will have strong understanding of the traumatic impact of child sexual abuse and will be committed to ensuring the well-being of victims and survivors. They will be a values driven practitioner, and work with reference to the Inquiry’s values of respect, trust, independence and courage.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the current Head of Support and Safeguarding for an informal discussion regarding the role (to be arranged by emailing

With the Inquiry being a time-limited project, the role is offered on a fixed term contract basis (21 months), or loan/secondment for existing civil servants.

For further details about this role and the benefits of working at the IICSA, please click the Apply Now button below

Closing date: Midnight on 27 June, 2018.