Designated Safeguarding Lead – Luton, Bedfordshire

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Urban Saints

Luton, Bedfordshire


About Urban Saints

Around 95% of young people do not actively engage with Church. The mission of Urban Saints is to make young disciples for Jesus, meeting young people wherever they are and introducing them to Jesus. Our vision is to be an effective disciple-making movement, reaching young people in every community in the UK and Ireland.

Our amazing volunteer leaders gather young people and children together with brilliant weekly groups, an exciting Christian programme and residential experiences. Tens of thousands of children and young people have been loved, discipled and launched into the world to make a difference for Jesus Christ through Crusaders (our name until 2006) and Urban Saints.

Overall Purpose of this Role

The Designated Safeguarding Lead will hold strategic oversight of all aspects of safeguarding across Urban Saints.

We are looking for someone who is strongly committed to the task of keeping young people safe in a youth work context. You will be a self-motivated individual who has experience of safeguarding in different settings, including in a leadership context. You will provide support, both to volunteer Leaders and to paid team members, as well as being able to speak at senior team and Board level to champion safeguarding.

They will work closely in partnership with Urbans Saints team members working directly with young people, as well as engaging with the Safer Recruitment team. The Designated Safeguarding Lead is accountable for safeguarding as part of the Urban Saints national leadership team. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Hold strategic responsibility for safeguarding at Urban Saints, work to ensure that all young people enter safe spaces when they connect with the work of Urban Saints.
  • Work in close partnership with and line manage the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Lead the safeguarding team in supporting volunteer Leaders.
  • Regular and timely reviews of safeguarding policies, processes and practices, to ensure they are being implemented and monitored.
  • Ensure Urban Saints is compliant in line with Charity Commission expectations around safeguarding.
  • Manage any non-recent safeguarding cases or communications.
  • Communicate with insurers and take legal advice around safeguarding incidents or concerns, where required.
  • Participate in daily safeguarding cases where required, and be part of the on-call team.
  • Lead on the thirtyone:eight account, and work in partnership with the allocated account manager.
  • Work with the Safer Recruitment Coordinator and with Support Workers in regions/ nations to ensure best practice across all areas.
  • Work alongside and participate in the National Leadership Team.
  • Contribute to the wider Urban Saints team, communicating openly, being proactive and working as a positive, engaged team member.
  • Attend all relevant team meetings, including the annual team conference.

The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and level of the post.

Please download the full information pack below for a full job description and person specification.

This post is subject to an Occupational Requirement that the post holder is a committed Christian under Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010. All applicants must be committed to the aims, ethos and values of Urban Saints.

How to Apply

To apply for this role send an email to [email protected] with:

  • your CV
  • a completed Recruitment Monitoring Form (available at
  • a covering letter explaining why you are a good match for this role, with a particular focus on your previous experiences of working in safeguarding contexts.

The closing date for applications is 28th March 2023, however we reserve the right to close applications before this date if a suitable candidate is found.


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