Safeguarding Officer

Job No: VIN2859
Location: Lewisham; Flexible within any of the Society’s main metropolitan or regional offices across NSW

  • Salary packaging benefits, increasing your take home pay!
  • Newly created Permanent Full-time position based at any of Vinnies Metro or regional offices with flexible work arrangements
  • A great opportunity for someone with proven experience supporting vulnerable adults and people with a disability, specialising in complex and critical cases around safeguarding matters


The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services. We strive to shape a more just and compassionate society - we truly care about what we do and the difference we make in people’s lives.

We believe our employees are key to our success and offer Learning and Development programs to enhance and grow your career across a range of teams and services.  We have a continuing commitment to engaging and retaining our people who are recognised for their achievements and are offered promotional opportunities on a meritocracy basis within a collegiate and values-driven team. 



Your New Role 

We are looking for an experienced Safeguarding Officer, Children & Vulnerable Adults to join our Team.  Reporting to the Safeguarding Manager, you will play a pivotal role in supporting Society Managers and Staff in relation to safeguarding compliance reporting, drafting policies, providing advice on best practice and supporting with investigations of complex and critical cases. We are looking for someone who is results-driven and passionate about helping children and vulnerable adults, to join our supportive team.


You will:

  • Ensure relevant pre-engagement checks in accordance with compliance requirements of the business
  • Develop and implement NDIS compliant policy, procedure, and practice.
  • Provide advice to Society Personnel on incident management, mandatory reporting requirements, best practice, and referrals for vulnerable adults.
  • Support the implementation of the Society’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Policies, Child Safe Standards, and Reportable Conduct obligations across the organisation.
  • Respond to requests for assistance from members, volunteers, and employees, provide support and referrals and make reports to other agencies as required concerning highly complex or challenging cases, including participating in case conferences and providing supervision support to staff.
  • Provide reports, monitor and maintain data regarding safeguarding matters to the Executive, Board, and State Council.
  • Conduct research and data analysis regarding the Society’s safeguarding practices and organisational risks and reporting on research outcomes.


To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Comprehensive understanding of relevant legislation and reporting obligations, such as the NDIS, Ageing, and Disability Commissioner Act 2019, NSW Children’s Guardian Act, Children, and Young Persons Care and Protection Act, and the Statutory Procedures Voluntary Out-Of-Home Care in NSW.
  • Qualifications and/or experience in managing the coordination and promotion of evidence-based programs, policies, and practices for people living with disabilities in the community and in supported accommodation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate discussions and liaise and build rapport with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, influence across directorates and services, and adjust priorities as required
  • Demonstrated ability to provide solutions to assist people with complex needs.
  • Current working knowledge of statutory reporting obligations for children and vulnerable adults.
  • Willingness to participate in current, relevant industry training.


If this sounds like you, please apply now by submitting your application with a Resume, for key requirements of the role, read Position Description.  Information on how to apply.

If you have questions about this role, please email Belinda-Jayne Davis (Safeguarding Manager), quoting: Safeguarding Officer/ VIN2859.


The Society is committed to being a Child Safe organisation, further information can be found in the Society’s commitment to Safeguarding Children & Young People. Prior to an offer of employment, candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks including a Police check & Working with Children check. 

St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to engaging a diverse workforce. We take pride in the diversity of our people and encourage applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTQIA, candidates of any or no religious beliefs and applicants of all ages.

  St Vincent de Paul (NSW) has a COVID- 19 vaccination policy that has identified this role as requiring a full COVID-19 vaccination.  Medical exemptions with the NSW government contraindication form will be considered, subject to a satisfactory risk assessment.

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