Friends of the Earth believes that safeguarding and wellbeing support for our staff, boards, volunteers and activist networks is central to ensuring that we are a safe and inclusive space in which everyone can participate. As such we see it as central to our mission to deliver environmental justice solutions that centre the experience of those most impacted by the climate crisis.
This new position will lead, manage and maintain our safeguarding and wellbeing systems and processes. The jobholder will be working across the organisation to ensure that staff, volunteers and activists are adhering to all legal requirements, best practice and working together to keep everyone safe and happy in their work and activism. Additionally, a major focus will be ensuring that Friends of the Earth has a flexible, supportive approach to staff and activist wellbeing.
Key Skills and Attributes:
You will need to demonstrate specialised knowledge and significant experience of adult and child safeguarding in variety of UK-based settings, including at residential events. A demonstrable understanding of contextual safeguarding and the critique of mainstream safeguarding approaches among marginalised communities is also essential – in particular, understanding the perspective of racialised minorities and disabled people, and the intersection between mental health needs and safeguarding.
This role reports to the Head of People and you will work in particular with our People team, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, our Learning & Change team as well as the three Nations and the Youth & Families teams to build on previous work.
Closing date: Monday 20th March (23:59)
Hours: full time, 30 hours over 4 days
Location: Flexible across England, Wales and Northern Ireland
We offer a competitive range of benefits, good work/life balance including a 4-day working week with no loss of pay, excellent learning and development opportunities and a vibrant organisational culture.
Our staff body is currently under-representative of People of Colour, LGBTQIA+ people and people with long term conditions or impairments. We are committed to eroding these historic barriers, so as to create a movement in which people from all walks of life see themselves in, and so we particularly encourage you to apply if you belong to one of these groups or sit at multiple intersections of disadvantage. We are committed to the Disability Confident standard and will guarantee an interview to any candidates who declare a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the role.
Friends of the Earth staff are not permitted to hold office for political parties or stand as candidates for political parties. Staff should also seek permission from the Senior Management Team if they wish to hold a non-public facing official role in a political party. If this is an issue, please do raise this with us as soon as possible.
Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to protecting the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We lead campaigns, provide resources and information, and drive real solutions to the environmental problems facing us all.