Celtic Football Club

Celtic Football Club

Youth Academy Wellbeing Officer (Full-Time)

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Posting Date

Apr 1, 2022

Role description

Reporting to the Safeguarding Manager, this role will be responsible for the development and delivery of high quality care in all areas relating to the wellbeing of Academy players, working alongside Youth Academy Coaches, Medical, Sport Science and Safeguarding colleagues, to ensure Celtic Football Club is a safe and inclusive environment for children and young people to thrive. This role will provide advice, guidance and educational support to academy players, responding to concerns where a child or young person’s wellbeing has been affected
Key accountabilities will include:
Provide education and wellbeing support to all Celtic Academy players
Liaise with St Ninian’s High School regarding Academy player’s education, providing support as needed
Promote children’s rights and work within the principles of the UNCRC
Work with Academy players and enable them to influence decisions that may affect them
Develop professional relationships with players, parents, carers and Host Parents
Management of the Host Parent process and accommodation housing Academy players, ensuring the required resource is available when needed, meeting needs of players, parents and Safeguarding policies
Liaison between players, parents, carers and host parents including participation in discussion forums to ensure children voices are included in issues which affect them
Support the Academy in all areas relating to general wellbeing and care of players
Ensure compliance of safeguarding policies across all areas of responsibility
Maintain consistency of response to concerns and secure handling of information regarding young people within the Academy, and ensure that the required level of confidentiality is maintained at all times
Promptly report and escalate all safeguarding incidents and/or concerns to the Safeguarding Manager
Provide appropriate support in the investigation and resolution of Safeguarding concerns and/or issues
Maintain accurate, confidential and up to date records on safeguarding concerns
Maintain up to date knowledge and skills in the areas of wellbeing, safeguarding and child protection through continued personal development
Working with colleagues to raise awareness of children’s rights, wellbeing and child protection to make football safer for everyone involved
Proactively look for educational opportunities for pro youth players
Provide information and advice to Celtic Academy colleagues, young people and parents in relation to safeguarding and child protection policy and practice
Encourage good practice and support of procedures to protect children across all areas of responsibility
To develop and maintain a programme of financial awareness for players of all age groups, providing access to knowledge and understanding which will enable them to plan effectively for their future
Create maintain a programme of Mental Health Awareness for players, parents coaches
Work alongside the Football Administration HR team to on-board all new Academy players
Work alongside Academy Coaches the Head of the Youth Academy in managing the off-boarding of players, ensuring the appropriate support is in place throughout the process
To develop and maintain a programme of ‘after-care’ for players who have left the Academy
Skills and Experience required:
Relevant previous professional experience of advising on child protection issues
Experience working within a social work, education, youth work, mental health or health background
Educated to degree level in a social work, education, youth work, mental health or health background
Experience of working as a safeguarding designated person
Experience of writing reports and compiling case file information
A working understanding of inclusion, equality and anti-discrimination, safeguarding and best practice
Knowledge of safeguarding children and/or vulnerable group’s legislation Knowledge of current Child Protection legislation, policies and practice and governing body rules and regulations
Knowledge of mental health wellbeing
Ability to create a child centred environment
Ability to promote best practice and the importance of a safe and fun environment
Ability to have difficult conversations
Capacity to handle confidential data/information sensitively
To be empathetic and approachable, with excellent listening and judgement skills
To have strong written and verbal communication skills
The ability to work with discretion and maintain high levels of confidentiality at all times.
Ability to work flexibly with regular evening and weekend working being required
Driving licence required
Please apply to:                Kirstie McPherson, HR Adviser: 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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