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Assurance Business Partner – Safeguarding

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£43,500 - £48,000pa
Closing date
20 Oct 2021
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Assurance Business Partner – Safeguarding

£43,500 - £48,000pa

London or remote - we are a hybrid organisation

Works across the organisation on compliance, risk, counter fraud and safeguarding matters.  Provides advice, develops policies, procedures, systems and training; manages cases and undertakes proactive activities.  There is one role holder for each of the primary specialist areas, which are compliance and risk; safeguarding; and counter-fraud.                                              


  • Develop and deliver compliance and assurance policies, procedures, systems and training to mitigate risks and implement controls.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance on compliance and assurance matters.
  • Manage the organisational policies portfolio to ensure it’s fit for purpose and up to date.
  • Contribute at Board, Committees, ELT and other meetings, and liaise with regulators, government and other third parties as required.
  • Effectively manage breach incidents and conduct case management in line with the legal and policy framework to achieve appropriate outcomes.
  • Carry out a wide range of assurance activities across the organisation and provide second line monitoring to ensure compliance with the regulatory and policy framework, as well as to improve effectiveness and efficiencies in working practices.
  • For compliance and risk specialism, develop and maintain the risk management framework including the policy, registers, risk assessments, insurance cover, and business continuity.
  • If within specialism, provide oversight of information governance across the organisation, including compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • Positively engage with colleagues at all levels across the organisation to promote and deliver assurance activities, drive understanding and skill, manage risk and implement improvements.  Provide good business partnering/stakeholder management.
  • Positively engage with third party advisors including internal audit and promote effective use of external providers and the assurance budget.
  • Custodian of good decision making where within role scope; for making recommendations to Head of Legal & Assurance and/or stakeholders; and for escalations where appropriate.
  • Work with the Legal & Assurance team to drive alignment and consistency of compliance and assurance; process improvement; promotion of knowledge and best practice; and training to the organisation where required.
  • Be an ambassador for Legal and Assurance matters across the wider organisation, and for Comic Relief more generally when interacting externally on behalf of Comic Relief.


  • Significant experience of managing assurance activities across a business though sampling, thematic reviews, and data gathering/ analysis to ensure that regulations, policies and procedures are being complied with.
  • Strong experience of designing and implementing effective risk and compliance strategies, policies, processes and training.
  • Proven successful case management skills and experience and confident decision maker.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in one or more of the primary specialist areas.
  • Thorough working knowledge of the regulatory framework governing charities.
  • Proven experience of effective relationship building and using exceptional communication skills to achieve outcomes.


  • Technical and practical knowledge and experience on children and vulnerable adult’s safeguarding.
  • Experience in developing and implementing organisational policies and procedures on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and supporting organisations based outside of the United Kingdom on developing these processes and putting them in to practice.
  • General child or vulnerable adult protection programming expertise or has had exposure to child protection initiatives.
  • Skilled in designing, facilitating and evaluating training in different cultural and organisational contexts.
  • Good at building relationships and proactively identifying opportunities for networking with other agencies such as international NGOs, Government ministries and local authorities.
  • Experience in safeguarding on various media platforms including broadcasting, social media etc.
  • A proven ability to devise and implement safeguarding solutions across a range of organisational functions e.g. Human Resources, fundraising, media and communications.
  • Experience with embedding safeguarding measures in grant making initiatives and providing technical advice and support to grantees.


  • A relevant professional qualification.

Perks and benefits

  • Flexible working hours
  • Work from home option
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid emergency leave
  • Sabbatical Opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Mentoring/coaching
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Payroll giving
  • Team social events
  • Extracurricular clubs
  • Cycle to work scheme

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online.

Closing: 12:00pm, 20th Oct 2021 BST

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.


Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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