RAF Association – Safeguarding Officer


£41259 – £43430 Full Time 37.5 hours per week

Based at our HQ in Leicester with agile home working

About us

For over 90 years, the RAF Association have championed a simple belief – that no member of the RAF community should ever be left without the help that they need. The RAF Association is one of the leading providers of welfare assistance to the RAF community.  We do this by developing and offering a range of welfare and wellbeing services that aim to provide amazing support to those who most need it. Our services are delivered by our team of fantastic employees, together with a large network of volunteers. Last year, we supported over 85,500 members of the RAF community who required practical, emotional or financial assistance. For the sake of everyone who needs our help, we continue to evolve and innovate to meet new challenges and remain at the leading edge of service provision. We champion the best interests of the RAF community and work together to make sure no one is ever left behind.

About the role

This is a fantastic opportunity for a professional with a history of safeguarding to invest in a charity with a strong ethos around safeguarding governance.  A recent audit by the Social Care Institute for Excellence shows that our journey over the last few years has brought considerable transformation in our work. The auditors highlighted a number of strengths, including a ‘supportive and cohesive senior team’ and the Association has developed an action plan for further improvements. This is a new position within the Welfare Directorate and the Safeguarding Officer (SO) will be responsible for ensuring that the RAF Association (and its subsidiary companies) complies and provides the necessary governance and management oversight of safeguarding policies and the application of UK legislative requirements.

As subject lead you will provide day to day safeguarding advice and guidance to employees, volunteers and members and ensure everyone is appropriately trained and supported in their safeguarding responsibilities with vulnerable adults and children (we currently operate four children’s nurseries). Where appropriate, the SO will refer concerns to the local authority and social care services or to other appropriate agencies.

A full role profile is available to download on our website www.rafa.org.uk

About you

Whilst knowledge of the charity sector is an advantage, it is not a pre-requisite.  However, a background in either Health and Social Care or education, with a focus on safeguarding is an essential requirement for this role.  You will need to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of safeguarding including relevant national policies, guidelines and protocols.  Ideally, we would like you to be a confident trainer in the delivery of subject training to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders and be able to evaluate the outcomes. The role involves being able to deal with complex data, provide analysis and identify trends and projections therefore prior use of CRM systems or databases (we use Salesforce) will be vital along with Microsoft Office applications.

If you’re a people person, highly organised, a great communicator and manager of relationships at all levels and have a desire to be involved in something with meaningful purpose, we’d love to hear from you.

Why join us?

We are immensely proud of the work we do and our colleagues definitely share this sense of pride.  We offer a wide range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement – 36 days inclusive of bank holidays, as well as a range of other benefits including pension, EAP and four times salary life cover.  Employee’s also have the opportunity to take part in a number of fundraising events as volunteers, for which there is additional leave provision of one day per year.


If after reading the role profile and you would like to ask us any questions then please contact us directly via email in the first instance jobs@rafa.org.uk. We’d love to hear from you!

To apply

Please check that your CV is up to date and showcases your skills and experience relevant to this role (this will really help you stand out during the shortlisting process!) and send to jobs@rafa.org.uk

Applicants who meet the criteria may be offered a short initial telephone discussion with one of the recruiting managers ahead of the closing date so please register your interest early.

Please note important dates below

Closing Date                  11am Monday 14 February 2022       

Interview Date             Monday 28 February 2022    

The RAF Association is a Disability Confident Employer. Please let us know if you require any assistance with the application process.

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