Group D practitioners are those who operate at a higher level in the safeguarding process.
It’s usually a strategic role, but some responsibilities may be delegated to specialist Group C practitioners.
They give advice, guidance and supervision (when needed) to others in their organisation.
Some group D practitioners may have responsibilities that sit in the group E standards.
If this is the case, practitioners need to train to the group E standards so that they can prepare for their role.
Group D practitioners will:
- be expected to have a high level of knowledge and expertise of safeguarding in their area of work
- be expected to contribute to Single Unified Safeguarding Reviews and chair reviews when needed
- act as a reviewer or panel member for Single Unified Safeguarding Reviews
- be able to give safeguarding advice to partner agencies and understand the importance of multi-agency working
- be able to justify their decision-making using legislation, process and procedures, making sure that everyone avoids making assumptions
- be aware of the importance of child/person-centred practice and the positive impact it can have on the safeguarding process
- make sure the person’s voice is heard and promoted in decision-making processes.
Statutory agencies will usually identify group D practitioners as they have higher-level decision-making powers for safeguarding.
Some of the roles include:
- operational line managers (service managers)
- specialist safeguarding roles
- chairperson roles for safeguarding work. (For example: on reviews.)
There should be an emphasis on multi-agency working and working with others, as there is no equivalent role in many agencies.
The role involves:
- understanding what’s needed from a strategic, multi-agency response
- being able to collaborate with other agencies, and advise them about safeguarding, child and adult protection processes and practice
- identifying and contributing to the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) processes, and the range of multi-agency specialist involvement
- working in partnership with other agencies to facilitate identifying disseminating learning and raising awareness of best, appropriate, practice
- helping to develop and promote multi-agency safeguarding communities of practice
- supporting, promoting and advocating for appropriate training, training standards, training delivery methods, in multi-agency workforces in the area in which they work
- working with the safeguarding boards and supporting regional, multi-agency safeguarding aims
- being part of multi-agency regional governance arrangements, quality assurance, performance monitoring and compliance.
- I will lead the organisation’s safeguarding agenda.
- I will make sure that people’s voices are heard at each stage of the process.
- I will use my knowledge and expertise to enhance safeguarding practice.
According to the standards, people in group D need to:
- know how to work in ways that safeguard people from abuse, harm and neglect
- promote child- and person-centred practice
- participate in safeguarding processes
- support others to safeguard people
- work with others to safeguard people
- maintain professional accountability.