Independent Allegations, Concerns, Complaints & Safeguarding Consultant/Trainer

Role:  Independent Allegations, Concerns, Complaints & Safeguarding Investigator (Self-Employed)

Locations:  Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Swindon, North Somerset and Gloucestershire

Pay - £35 per hour

We are the UK’s largest specialist charity provider of fostering. Our core work involves providing high quality and well supported fostering families for children and young people in the care of local authorities. 

As a ‘not for profit’ organisation, TACT puts the needs of our children and carers first and look to appoint individuals who are as passionate about fostering as we are. TACT invests all surplus income into staff, carers, and child development. This means that we have been able to establish expert in-house support services such as our TACT Health and Education Services and create TACT Connect, our ground-breaking scheme for care experienced young people and adults.  New staff and workers will join us as we  embark on a journey to become a wholly trauma-informed organisation with the aim of increasing our effectiveness and improving outcomes for the children and young people in our care.

As a self-employed worker with TACT, you will be a part of our amazing team of professionals working with our organisational values at the heart of their everyday practice. You can review our values here.

We are recruiting Self-Employed Allegation, Concerns, Complaints and Safeguarding Inspector to carry out internal safeguarding and standards of care investigations, concerning allegations, concerns, and complaints relating to foster carers, in line with local and National Guidance (e.g. Working Together to Safeguarding Children (DFE 2018), Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE, 2019) and TACT’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures. We are particularly looking for investigators in the following areas.

  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Bath & North East Somerset
  • Wiltshire
  • Somerset
  • Swindon
  • North Somerset & Gloucestershire

Key Duties include:

  • Gathering of relevant evidence and information to complete a comprehensive investigation within an agreed timescale. 
  • Identify witnesses or those with relevant information and interview them to obtain facts and information.
  • Clarifying what is your professional opinion pertaining to the case, using the recommended headings outlined in the fostering network’s ‘Allegations, Concerns & Complaints’ guidance.
  • Exercise therapeutic and trauma informed/sensitive best practice in interviewing witnesses (particularly children/young people) and taking and recording statements.
  • Have a clear understanding of the need to ensure that all material (e.g. information, records, identity of potential witnesses) is collected and held according to GDPR. 
  • Know what information and evidence an Independent Allegations, Concerns, Complaints & Safeguarding Consultant can obtain.
  • Consider what factors might impact the investigation and the potential outcome (e.g. vulnerability of witnesses, language, faith, culture & Trauma etc)
  • Preparation of a report of facts and clarifying what is opinion, following the conclusion of the investigation

Rates of Pay :

  • £35 per hour 

Please see the Independent Allegation, Concerns, & Safeguarding Investigator  Job Information Pack for a full breakdown of role requirements. 

You will be DipSW, CSS or CQSW qualified and registered with the relevant regulatory body (Social Work England, Social Care Wales or Scottish Social Services Council).

An Enhanced DBS/PVG check will be required for this role and will be undertaken  by TACT on your behalf.

Closing Date: 7th April 2024

Interview Date: 19th April 2024 

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and we believe that only the people with the right skills and values should work in social work.  As part of our commitment to safeguarding, we properly examine the skills, experience, qualifications and values of potential staff in relation to our work with vulnerable young children.  We use rigorous and consistent recruitment approaches to help safeguard our young people. All staff are expected to work in line with TACT’s safeguarding policies.

We reserve the right to close a vacancy earlier than advertised if the volume of applications is excessive, you are therefore advised to apply at your earliest convenience.

We do not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.