Professional Standards & Safeguarding Officer - Full-Time Permanent
Applications are invited from suitably qualified men and women for the
Professional Standards and Safeguarding Officer - Full time
Reporting to the Bishop or his delegate, the Professional Standards and
Safeguarding Officer is responsible for the following:
Driving cultural change across the Diocese of Wagga Wagga to ensure
that processes, activities and structures incorporate best practice in
the science of safeguarding.
Developing and leading the implementation of policies related to the
safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults across the Diocese.
Establishing a Diocesan process to ensure compliance with policy
through the provision of induction, education and training.
Establishing and ensuring the maintenance of recording and reporting
systems for the Diocese.
Having overall responsibility for the on-going management of
safeguarding complaints and work with those with pastoral
responsibilities to ensure best practice.
Working actively with the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee and providing
advice to the Head of Agency accordingly.
This role requires a level of compassion that provides for the protection
and support of all children, young persons and vulnerable adults under
the care of parishes and their schools and entities operating under the
auspices of the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. The role ensures that any
allegation of abuse is appropriately managed in accordance with current
legislation and in keeping with the pastoral teachings of the Catholic
Church. This role also develops and facilitates the effective
delivery of services, programs education and/or events to staff, clergy
and volunteers across the Wagga Wagga Diocese.
A thorough understanding of investigation process and procedural fairness
for those reporting abuse and for those against whom allegations have
been raised is an inherent requirement for the role.
The Officer will work closely with the key leaders of the Diocese through
their safeguarding and child protection officers in developing,
implementing and amending as necessary, the policy, strategy and
practices of the Diocese and its Agencies. This is to ensure that current
and future child safety responsibilities of the Diocese are
You are required to address each of the selection criteria listed below
in a separate written statement of no more than 2-3 pages. Your
suitability for the position will be assessed against the following
A demonstrated commitment to the ethos and values of the Catholic
Demonstrated experience in a similar role or in a field with readily
transferable knowledge and skills (e.g. child protection, child
advocacy, or investigations experience in human resources or criminal
Tertiary qualifications in a discipline relevant to the role (e.g.
legal, policing, communications, psychology, social welfare,
employment/industrial relations) or extensive relevant industry
Demonstrated experience leading and managing people and working as a
co-leader in a large multi-disciplinary organisation;
Demonstrated exposure to work in a highly regulated environment,
involving complex considerations and offering compliance advice and
Have undertaken case management and conducted investigations and
inquiries and the implementation of subsequent recommendations and
A current NSW Driver's Licence.
Salary and Conditions: Level 7/3: $102,033.09 pa in
accordance with the Diocese of Wagga Wagga 2009, General Terms of
Leave: 4 weeks annual leave; ex gratia paid leave between Christmas and
Superannuation of 9.5% paid in addition to the above salary.
A motor vehicle, from a pool of cars, is provided for work use.
Applicants who are successful in gaining an interview will receive an
interview travel allowance
The successful candidate will have a verified Working with Children Check
and a National Criminal History Record Check. The application pack
and role description can be downloaded via the link below.
You should submit the following documents as your application for this
1. Cover Letter
2. Statement (of no more than 2-3 pages)
which addresses the Selection Criteria in section 7 above.