Safeguarding Manager/DSO Vacancy

Safeguarding Manager Vacancy

Join our team!

As a result of the impending retirement of the current post holder, we are seeking to recruit a Safeguarding Manager/Designated Safeguarding Officer to carry out all aspects of the work in this key role within our organisation.

To join the team and be successful, the individual must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role on offer and how their expertise and experience will enable them to meet the essential and desirable criteria within the role.

The interview panel must be convinced of the individual’s passion, inspiration, and professionalism for the role.

The successful applicant will report to the Chief Executive Officer (Senior Safeguarding Lead).

Applicants should be computer literate, ideally have a football interest though not essential, with presentation and communication skills capable of carrying out and implementing administration systems.

The successful applicant will be joining our friendly safeguarding team, working alongside and line managing a fellow Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO):

To support delivery of The FA Grassroots Football Strategy and Sussex County FA Business Strategy.
To manage the Sussex County FA safeguarding work, in line with legislation, FA safeguarding policy, procedures, regulations, standards and guidance.
To manage safeguarding and child and adults at risk protection concerns in a timely manner and in line with FA requirements and guidance.
To significantly contribute to implementing and maintaining The FA’s Safeguarding 365 Standard for County FAs and driving safer practice and culture in grassroots football.
To support the adoption of FA technology systems across grassroots football.
To comply with FA rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidance that are in place from time to time.

Hours of work are Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (7hrs per day + 60 min break) - 35hrs per week, however as we work in sport with a volunteer workforce, some evening and weekend work will be required. Salary will be up to £30,000 subject to experience and there will be a six-month probationary period for this role.

We are committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk, and anyone working with us will be required to follow our safeguarding policies.

Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate may be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through The FA DBS process. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

What can we offer?
• An exciting opportunity to join a forward thinking, progressive business
• A chance to work with key stakeholders within the grassroots and professional game
• A commitment to empowered and supportive personal development
• A Workplace Pension Scheme
• A Personal Accident policy
• 20 days’ annual leave as standard
• Additional leave after 5, 10 years’ service
• Long Service Awards for 10, 15, 20 years’ service
• Health Scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Access to FA Cup Final & England tickets at Wembley
• Additional time off over Christmas
• Personal Development Budgets
• Free Nike Staff Uniform every year

To apply, please complete the application form in our application pack and either email: or post to the address as follows:

Strictly Private & Confidential, 
Vicki Windslow
Safeguarding Manager/Designated Safeguarding Officer vacancy, 
Sussex County FA, 
Culver Road, 
West Sussex, 
BN15 9AX. 

Closing date for applications is:
Noon on Thursday 31 March 2022 
Interviews will take place on Friday 8 April 2022

Two references, one of which must be from the applicant’s current/most recent employer where possible, will be requested.

Disability Confident 
We pride ourselves on being an employer who are committed to supporting candidates with disabilities throughout our recruitment and selection process. We have a dedicated team to support any employee with a disability. If you require any reasonable adjustments to support your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Equality Statement 
We believe that football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, anyone who wants to participate in it. We are committed to promoting equality within the business in every aspect of its work and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and experiences to apply for this role, regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnership. 

If any questions arise about the role or clarity is required on the recruitment pack, please contact:

T: 01903 768578