Safeguarding Officer

Do you have experience of safeguarding work perhaps gained in a paid or voluntary position? Are you a good listener and keen to work for an Organisation with People at the heart of everything they do?

Samaritans is one of the UK and Ireland’s best known and respected charities. As the cost of living crisis continues to be felt across our society, Samaritans is needed more than ever. If you want to make a real difference to people’s lives – this is the role for you!

We are looking for a new Safeguarding Officer to join the Branch & Volunteer Services team in the UK. In this crucial role you’ll help drive forwards our safeguarding practices through the provision of expert advice, guidance and support to volunteers and staff, in relation to answering queries, undertaking risk assessments and utilising channels to identify and escalate action in line with safeguarding policies, procedures, and best practice.

We are a fun, friendly and supportive team whose focus is on delivering excellence to our callers and volunteers. The team sits within the operations directorate and is split into Safeguarding and Caller Support, Quality and Service Improvement and Programmes and Partnerships. Between us and the senior volunteers that work alongside us we support 201 branches, over 20,000 amazing volunteers across the UK and ROI whilst ensuring we provide a safe and effective service to our callers. 

If you are an excellent communicator with experience of safeguarding work, and you'd like to work for our life saving organisation then please consider applying.​

  • Permanent role following 6 month probation period
  • Full time, with flexible working practices
  • £32,000 to £33,000 per annum
  • ​Hybrid working – This role is ‘linked’ to our central office (Ewell), with the choice to work from the office or from home to meet your needs

A full outline of the role can be found in the Job description here.

Employee Benefits 

Samaritans invests in our People’s wellbeing through the provision of a range of benefits including;

  • Flexible working and family-friendly policies,
  • A structured induction and ongoing training and development.
  • 28 days holiday, plus bank holidays each year, rising to 33 days over 5 years of service.
  • Matched Pension contributions of up to 5%.
  • A health Cash plan to cover the cost of medical and alternative health treatments.
  • Complimentary subscriptions to Headspace and Perk Box for expert meditation, fitness programmes and shopping discounts.

Samaritans recognises the enormous benefits and the social justice imperatives of ensuring diversity at every level of our organisation. We are wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are.

To ensure Samaritans is representative of those we support and who support us, we particularly welcome applications from Disabled, BAME and LGBTQ+ candidates, as these people are under-represented in our organisation. 

We are committed to making our recruitment processes accessible to everyone and are flexible in how we receive information. If you would like to apply via a different format or let us know how we can support you to be the best you can be, please contact the People team at [email protected] and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply. You’ll be asked to upload your CV and a cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the job specification. 

This role will close for applications on 4th June 2022, with interviews scheduled to take place on the 10th and 13th June 2022

If you’re interested in applying or would just like to find out more, then we'd love to hear from you.