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Global Head of Safeguarding

Leonard Cheshire Disability
Flexible location with some international travel
c. £65k + benefits
Closing date
7 Jun 2021
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Global Head of Safeguarding
c. £65k + benefits
Flexible location with some international travel

For over 70 years, Leonard Cheshire has led the way in establishing effective ways of supporting disabled people. Today, we are the leader in enriching the lives of disabled people in the UK and around the world. Together with partners, we open doors to opportunity and break down barriers that deny disabled people their basic rights. With 5,000 staff and 4,000 volunteers, last year we reached over 435,000 people and organisations. We directly supported over 71,800 disabled people in the UK and around the world, directly reached another 27,000 people and organisations, indirectly reached over 115,000 people, and built awareness and support with over 221,000 people and organisations.

We promote independent living by providing support to 2,500 people in a variety of 129 UK living services including supported living, nursing and day centre facilities. We also support 9,000 disabled people living elsewhere in the UK with skills, confidence and employment programmes. Internationally, we are a specialist development NGO delivering inclusive education, youth leadership and ‘access to livelihoods’ programmes to more than 60,000 people across Asia and Africa. We work with organisations and the public to adopt inclusive behaviours and practices; and we influence local, national and global governments to change laws and policies which positively affect the lives of disabled people.

Safeguarding is absolutely non-negotiable for us, and the investment we’ve made in developing a comprehensive global safeguarding framework has a strong reputation in the sector. Reporting to our Director of Quality, you’ll work closely with our expert team in the UK, Africa and Asia to consolidate this framework, and will monitor performance to ensure that we remain a respected leader in this area. Balancing strategic advice and practical assistance to colleagues at all levels, you’ll be the visible face of safeguarding for Leonard Cheshire, able to meet people where they are and add value to every encounter.

It’s no ivory-tower role: as well as being an available and supportive manager to your team, and present where programmes need you, you must also be ready to lead if an incident is reported. You’re likely to bring experience at a senior level in both UK and INGO settings, because a practical professional understanding of both contexts is required; and you will demonstrate an appreciative, culturally-informed approach that enables in-country leaders to fulfil our expectations. There are inevitably differences between jurisdictions, but we must be able to ensure consistently high standards of practice. Specialist understanding of mental capacity will be a distinct asset, as will child protection; and you will bring a blend of uncompromising standards, exceptional communication skills and a total commitment to inclusion, accessibility and disability.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees, regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status or any other dimension of diversity. We believe that we each have a personal accountability for success in this area, and we encourage everyone to contribute to an inclusive workplace culture. We actively encourage applications from the widest possible range of backgrounds and experiences.

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For an informal discussion, please contact Philip Nelson at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or email

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Closing date: 9 am, 31 May 2021.


Leonard Cheshire Disability is a charity that supports disabled people in the UK and internationally. It is a major social care provider and runs numerous employment, volunteering and digital inclusion projects as well as campaigning for equality for disabled people.

Founded in 1948, Leonard Cheshire Disability has an annual income of £162m and is one of the largest employers in the voluntary sector, with 7,500 members of staff.

Leonard Cheshire Disability takes its name from its founder, former RAF pilot Leonard Cheshire. It started by establishing care homes. By the 1960s, the charity ran over fifty services in the UK and 22 other countries and, in the next decade, began to diversify into community projects and home support.

Leonard Cheshire Disability now works directly with more than 20,000 people in the UK and reaches tens of thousands more through its policy and campaign work. It has offices in London, Edinburgh, Caerleon (Wales) and Belfast.

Social care provision is still a major part of the charity’s work. It operates over 100 care homes across the UK. Residents include people with physical and sensory impairments, people with learning disabilities, children, older people and people with an acquired brain injury.

Leonard Cheshire is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist rehabilitation for people with brain injuries, currently supporting over 500 people through its network of rehabilitation and long stay centres.

The charity also provides supported living accommodation services, personalised care in people’s own homes, day support, community outreach services and respite support.

Work and skills development is another major strand of the charity’s mission. It provides training to improve skills and support disabled people into employment. Services include providing volunteering opportunities for 16-35 year olds, arranging paid internships at top UK companies and a voluntary, government-supported programme to help disabled people looking to find or keep a job.

Leonard Cheshire also supports digital inclusion for disabled people. It operates a network of accessible IT rooms, giving access to computers and equipment, and offers access to computers and adapted equipment in disabled people’s own homes.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is also an international organisation, with regional offices in South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, West Africa, East and North Africa and Southern Africa. It is working to a five year international strategy which aims to promote independence among more than 100,000 people with disabilities in Africa and Asia.

As one of the leading providers of services for people with disabilities in the UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability offers a variety of working environments, such as care homes, day centres and offices.

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66 South Lambeth Road
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