Safeguarding & Whistle-blowing Trustee & Governor

Safeguarding & Whistle-blowing Trustee & Governor

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Change management


Between Haywards Heath and Lewes., BN8 4EF
Mainly at home
Travel limit? 25 miles


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Over the year, you would need to commit around 20 hours for board meetings plus visits and discussions.


30 Sep 2020

Chailey Heritage Foundation has been changing the lives of young people with disabilities since 1903. Being one of the UK's leading centres for young people with complex neurodisabilities, we are looking for a new Safeguarding Trustee/Governor.

What will you be doing?

You will be the source of information and advice on safeguarding and whistle blowing for Trustees and Governors.  You will be a member of both the Trustee and Governing Boards and, on their behalf, take the lead responsibility for scrutinising safeguarding strategies and practice for all children and adults using the Foundation's services.  We would like you to report back to the Boards on how effectively the organisation discharges its safeguarding responsibilities and the level of risk associated with this.  You will chair the Governors’ Safeguarding Committee and provide brief reports to the termly Trustee and Governor board meetings.

Part of your role will be to challenge the executive leaders to ensure best practice and maintain a strong consistent safeguarding culture.

You will meet with Designated Safeguarding Leads to discuss systems and practice and undertake on site ‘Focus Visits’ to School and Social Care services to ensure that safeguarding practices are embedded in service delivery.

This is a voluntary position but reasonable out-of-pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone with experience of safeguarding at an operational and senior level, with an understanding of the safeguarding requirement for both children and adults. 

You will be willing to develop knowledge and undertake safeguarding training and be the source of information and advice on safeguarding and whistle blowing for Trustees and Governors and report to them termly.

We would expect you to be confident and willing to challenge senior leaders and be able to discuss safeguarding strategies and practices with Ofsted and CQC inspectors, if required. We would need you to be available for urgent discussions with senior leaders on serious safeguarding/whistle blowing matters, should they arise. 

Our Boards benefit from people with a diverse blend of skills, perspectives and life experiences. In appointing our new Safeguarding Trustee/Governor, we will be taking into account personal profile, including individual protected characteristics, and skills and experiences.

What difference will you make?

In a Charity which serves children and young people with complex disabilities, it is vital that we have an experienced and committed person to take the lead on safeguarding on behalf of the Trustees and Governors. You will reassure them that the safeguarding and child protection measures in place are being followed in practice, across the Foundation, and are compliant with statutory duties.  

All our Trustees and Governors are 'ambassadors' and we expect them to represent the Charity and spread the word about the work we do for young people with complex disabilities.

What's in it for the volunteer?

The Charity has a big impact on our very vulnerable beneficiaries and their families. Becoming a Trustee & Governor is an opportunity to use your safeguarding experience and skills to help advise the Boards and ensure the continued safety and well being of the children and young people.

Our Trustees and Governors are friendly, committed, active and professional and bring their own expertise. They are all valued members of the Charity's community.

Before you apply

If it's helpful, we offer an informal conversation with our Chief Executive and/or our Chairs of our Trustee and Governing Boards.
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people
  • Chailey Heritage Foundation educates and cares for children and young adults with physical disabilities and complex health needs. We operate a school and residential services for 3-25 year olds....