VACANCY: Academy Protection Officer – News

Location: Alan Higgs Academy, Allard Way, Coventry, CV3 3AQ
Report to: Head of Security and Manager of the Academy
Work hours: full time (including evening and weekend work)
Deadline: Friday the 31stSt May 2024

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic, proactive and determined Safeguarding Officer to join our business and fulfill a key role within the Coventry City FC Academy.

In the Safeguarding Officer role, the successful applicant will be responsible for the safeguarding provision at our Academy, providing exceptional support, developing a positive culture and establishing a credible and influential presence at our Academy.

We are looking for someone to support and promote safeguarding within the Academy, always leading from the front. You will play an integral part of our team – are you up for the challenge?

Coventry City has been through an exciting period of change and investment, which means this is an exciting time to join the team and become part of our journey.

Flexibility is required for this role as you will be required to occasionally work evenings and weekends in accordance with the Academy team schedule.


  • Be a primary point of contact and resolve all Academy protection issues.
  • Maintain accurate and confidential records on MyConcern in accordance with GDPR.
  • Assess information from staff regarding concerns about children and vulnerable adults and make recommendations as appropriate.
  • Have a clear understanding of the EFL Safeguarding Standards, EPPP, FA and statutory guidance in relation to safeguarding and ensure Academy staff are well informed of any relevant policy changes.
  • Ensure that action plans as a result of the audit(s) are prioritized and that the safeguarding strategy is implemented and followed as directed by the Head of Safeguarding.
  • Work with the Academy Safeguarding team and staff to ensure that safeguarding is a key consideration in key activities and that there is a safeguarding safety plan in place for each activity and that all staff understand their safeguarding responsibility.
  • Attend regular meetings with DSO, HOS and OSH.
  • Ensure that DBS checks are in place for all Academy staff and volunteers.
  • Undertake robust initial investigations into all safeguarding concerns raised by children, their families, peers and/or external parties/professionals against legislative requirements and best practice, with guidance from the Head of Safeguarding.
  • Carry out the Academy’s safeguarding onboarding programme, including induction and training of new/existing staff and conduct annual safeguarding training with all Academy staff/volunteers. Ensuring all staff are trained on how to use MyConcern.
  • Trains, supports and develops staff understanding to ensure high standards of care, values, ethics, equality and diversity, policies and procedures and safeguarding legislation.
  • Provide advice and support to all Club staff, volunteers and associates on safety concerns and questions.

Specifying the person


  • The role and responsibilities of statutory agencies, including Local Child Protection Boards
  • Club policy and procedures relating to safeguarding and safeguarding children
  • EFL Safeguarding Rules
  • Knowledge of safeguarding best practice, safeguarding legislation, statutory guidance and regulations that impact on the protection of children and adults at risk.
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong belief in the need to safeguard children at risk, exercising the highest standards of confidentiality and working sensitively with those affected by safeguarding issues
  • Approachable and caring personality with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Respect and consideration for others and generosity in sharing knowledge and expertise
  • Flexible and adaptable attitude towards work
  • The highest levels of personal integrity and the ability to maintain trust, sensitivity and confidentiality
  • Enhanced DBS certificate
  • Can manage own time effectively
  • He previously worked in football
  • A strong work ethic.

Coventry City FC is committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We’re committed to making recruiting safer across the company. This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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Coventry City Club is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, marital status / civil partnership, pregnancy / maternity leave, race, religion / belief, orientation sexual or any other legally protected characteristic. We are committed to equal treatment of all current and prospective employees. We operate a blind recruitment process.

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If you are excited about joining our amazing team at Coventry City FC and meet our criteria listed, please submit your completed application through our iRecruit system – click here.

Incomplete applications, CV applications and applications that do not meet the essential requirements of the position will not be considered.

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