Safeguarding & Social, Emotional and Mental Health Lead

Post Title: Safeguarding & Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Lead

Contract: Permanent | Term Time + 5 days

Contractual Hours: 35 hours per week

Scale: 6 | SCP 18 – 22 (£25,419 – £27,514 FTE)

Actual Salary: £20,993 – £22,723

We are now supporting The Whitley AP Academy with their search for an experienced SEMH Lead to join their expanding team

The primary focus of the role is to be responsible for day-to-day child protection and safeguarding procedures, working with children in need and their families, ensuring that pupils at risk of harm are supported with referrals made to following safeguarding procedures; to also be the lead for Academy-wide development of provision / interventions for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

The Whitley AP Academy are part of Impact Education Multi Academy Trust (“the Trust”), who are passionate about making a difference and inspiring children to be resilient and confident learners with a love for learning. We want our children to be excited about learning and to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across a wide curriculum. We believe in celebrating success and ensuring that children feel valued.

The Trust are on a mission to improve social mobility for the disadvantaged and to improve the life chances of children and young people. The Trust is a values driven organisation with the belief that collaborative leadership and strong partnership development can lead to significant positive impact on the quality of education. For more information about the Trust go to Impact Education Multi Academy Trust.

Please see attached Recruitment Pack for further information about this role, The Whitley AP Academy and the Trust.

To apply for this role please visit The Whitley AP Academy – Vacancies to download and complete an application form and self disclosure from. Completed forms should be returned to hr@i-mat.org.uk.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• To have an up-to-date knowledge of child protection and safeguarding processes and procedures, providing relevant advice, information and support to colleagues and other partners.

• To maintain accurate, confidential and up to date documentation on all cases of safeguarding, child protection and attendance – in line with Data Protection legislation; ensure relevant systems including CPOMS are maintained and up to date.

• Receive, make and co-ordinate referrals to agencies including Early Help Pathways and MAST, arranging action and reviewing services for children and families.

• To liaise with staff, parents, other education institutions and multi-agency partners to support pupils progress and overall development.

• To provide support and guidance to carers and parents and co-ordinate planned support and interventions as part of agreed plans for children.

• To ensure that pupils who are victims of abuse are supported appropriately and sensitively and that all actions from planning and intervention meetings are successfully carried out and monitored

• To liaise with parents / cares and relevant outside agencies to ensure that individual pupil SEMH needs are met effectively.

• To work in close collaboration with the Attendance Lead and Home-Schools Liaison Officer to support improvement in pupil attendance and punctuality.

• To support the work of the SENDCo to ensure the Academy develops high quality whole school provision to meet the SEMH needs of pupils.

• To support in identifying and promoting positive behavioural change in pupils experiencing SEMH issues.

• To assist teachers in the production of Pupil Focus Reports, Behaviour Management Plans, SEMH assessments, and individual case studies.

• To support the delivery of SEMH interventions, participating in planning and the implementation of programmes of study.

Person Specification

Criteria – Essential (E) / Desirable (D)


Experience of working in an effective team. (E)

Experience of working with or caring for children of relevant age. (E)

Experience of working with Primary and Secondary aged pupils with special needs including emotional and behavioural difficulties. (E)

Experience of working with parents, schools and support agencies. (E)

Experience of working in alternative provision / Pupil Referral Units. (D)

Knowledge & Skills

Ability to relate well to pupils and adults, and an ability to work as part of a team. (E)

Ability to remain calm under pressure and able to be decisive. (E)

Demonstrate good co-operative, interpersonal and effective listening skills. (E)

Maintain confidentiality in matters relating to all aspects of the Academy. (E)

Ability to cope with the requirements of the post, which will include working with pupils who have emotional / behavioural / physical difficulties. (E)

Exercising advisory, guiding, negotiating and persuasive skills at an advanced level. (E)

An understanding of the issues relating to pupils who have additional learning needs, more able and special educational needs. (D)

In depth understanding of safeguarding issues and related practices / procedures. (E)

Awareness of child development. (D)

Strong interpersonal / communication skills. (E)

Good numeracy / literacy skills. (E)

Good ICT skills. (E)

Qualifications / Training

GCSE English and Maths or equivalent e.g., Adult Literacy / Numeracy at Level 2. (E)

Other relevant qualifications relating to the post e.g., Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) training. (E)

Evidence of further training / development and / or willingness to participate in further training and development opportunities e.g., Team Teach, Moving & Handling, Special Educational Needs. (D)

A full driving licence. (E)

This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post.  It will be reviewed annually.

This is a truly amazing opportunity for the right candidate. For an informal chat, please call 003300881857 or to apply for the role, please click the link attached here: https://i-mat.org.uk/working-for-us/

The Whitely AP Academy is committed to safeguarding staff and students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosing and Barring Service DBS check. All interviews will include a question about Safeguarding and any anomalies identified in pre-recruitment checks will be discussed at interview. 

Closing date for applications: 9.00am Friday 24th June 2022