Celtic Football Club

Celtic Football Club

Participation & Engagement Officer (Part-time)

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Posting Date

Apr 1, 2022

Role description

Reporting directly to the Safeguarding Manager, the Participation Engagement Officer is responsible for embedding participation and engagement with children and young people across the Club. In line with Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport, this role will also be responsible for implementing an approach, which ensures children and young people across the Club participate in decisions that affect them, ensuring Celtic Football Club is a safe and inclusive environment for children and young people to thrive.
Key accountabilities will include:
Play a lead role in maintaining safeguarding standards and providing wellbeing support across the club
Promote children’s rights and work within the principles of the UNCRC
Embed participation and engagement of children and young people throughout Celtic Football Club
Develop professional relationships with players, parents and carers  and champion children’s rights
Work with Academy players and enable them to influence decisions that may affect them
Create forums for children and young people, parents/carers and coaches
Deliver specialised training in Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football, anti-bullying and equality policies, procedures and safeguards across the Club
Promote the inclusion and visibility of children and young people to ensure they are treated with compassion and fairness
Empower children and young people, staff and volunteers to challenge prejudice
Contribute towards monitoring, evaluation and reporting processes in relation to participation and engagement with children and young people
Create Codes of Conduct for working with children to parents/carers, adults and children
Ensure compliance of safeguarding policies across all areas of responsibility and challenge behaviour which breaches the Code of Conduct
Provide information, advice and training to Celtic Academy colleagues, young people and parents in relation to safeguarding and child protection policy and practice
Maintain and develop the Club "Child Protection Policy and Procedures” in conjunction with the SFA policy and ensure these are circulated and understood by all relevant staff
Maintain up to date knowledge and skills in the areas of wellbeing, safeguarding and child protection through continued personal development
Provide information and advice in relation to safeguarding and child protection policy and practice
Skills and Experience required:
Relevant previous professional experience of advising on child protection issues
Experience working in a social work, education, legal, youth work, mental health or health background
Educated to degree level in a social work, education, youth work, mental health or health background
Expert knowledge of children’s rights
Experience of working with children and young people in participation activity
Good knowledge and understanding of Scottish Football and the Scottish FA
In-depth knowledge of equality and diversity children’s rights legislation
Experienced in facilitation and delivery of workshops, group discussions and training sessions
Awareness and understanding of Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football policies and procedures
Provide effective leadership in children rights
Motivate others and communicate with passion about the participation of children and young people in matters that affect them
Ability to create a child centered environment and promote best practice in a safe and fun environment
Ability to have difficult conversations and be empathetic and approachable
To have strong written and verbal communication skills, with excellent listening and judgement skills
Trustworthy, acts with professionalism and integrity at all times
Ability to work with discretion and maintain high levels of confidentiality at all times
An approachable and receptive style, with a ‘can do’ attitude and prepared to learn new skills
Ability to see opposite views and influence change when required
Team player who supports the work of colleagues
Commitment to self-development and maintaining a current awareness in the field of children’s rights
Ability to work flexibly with regular evening and weekend working being required
Driving licence required
Please apply to:                Kirstie McPherson, HR Advisor: jobs@celticfc.co.uk
Application deadline:      Friday 29 April 2022
Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to feedback to applicants that have not been selected for interview stage.

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