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Safeguarding & Whistle-blowing Governor

Reach Volunteering
Lewes, East Sussex
Voluntary role
Closing date
19 Dec 2020

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Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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Chailey Heritage Foundation has been changing the lives of young people with disabilities since 1903. Being one of the UK's leading centres for young people with complex neurodisabilities, we are looking for a new Safeguarding Trustee/Governor.

Role summary

You will be the source of information and advice on safeguarding and whistle blowing for Governors and Trustees.  On their behalf, you will take the lead responsibility for scrutinising safeguarding strategies and practice for all children and adults using the Foundation's services.  This role is responsible to the Governing Board but we would like you to report back on how effectively the organisation discharges its safeguarding responsibilities and the level of risk associated with this.  You will chair the Governors’ Safeguarding Committee and provide brief reports to the termly Governor and Trustee board meetings.

Part of your role will be to challenge the executive leaders to ensure best practice and maintain a strong consistent safeguarding culture.

You will meet with Designated Safeguarding Leads to discuss systems and practice and undertake on site ‘Focus Visits’ to School and Social Care services to ensure that safeguarding practices are embedded in service delivery.

This is a voluntary position but reasonable out-of-pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Person description

We are looking for someone with experience of safeguarding at an operational and senior level, with an understanding of the safeguarding requirement for both children and adults. 

You will be willing to develop knowledge and undertake safeguarding training and be the source of information and advice on safeguarding and whistle blowing for Trustees and Governors and report to them termly.

We would expect you to be confident and willing to challenge senior leaders and be able to discuss safeguarding strategies and practices with Ofsted and CQC inspectors, if required. We would need you to be available for urgent discussions with senior leaders on serious safeguarding/whistle blowing matters, should they arise. 

Our Boards benefit from people with a diverse blend of skills, perspectives and life experiences. In appointing our new Safeguarding Trustee/Governor, we will be taking into account personal profile, including individual protected characteristics, and skills and experiences.

Time commitment

We anticipate that this role will require a commitment in total of around 4 to 5 days per term.

How to apply

Please apply via Reach Volunteering. If it's helpful, we offer an informal conversation with our Chief Executive and/or our Chairs of our Trustee and Governing Boards.


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

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  • Reach Volunteering
  • 17 Oval Way
  • London
  • SE11 5RR
  • United Kingdom
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