Group E roles have the final say about safeguarding decisions during the safeguarding process.
They can advise about high level, complex situations. They ‘make a call’ about any safeguarding decisions that need to be made.
Certain decisions in the safeguarding process can’t be made below this level.
These include the higher levels of care and support packages (placements) that are sometimes needed because of safeguarding concerns.
Some agencies may not have people that work at this level because of the high level of expertise, knowledge and decision-making powers needed in the safeguarding process.
The people working at this level would also advise other agencies on their area of expertise. They’d be able to lead regional or national safeguarding work their area of expertise.
They’d routinely be involved in regional or national groups that look at safeguarding issues, including national initiatives and complex reviews.
Group E practitioners wouldn’t necessarily be the people at the highest levels in organisations, as these may be in group F (which would consist of elected members, board members and chief executives).
They may have to advise people in group F.
People in group F have higher decision-making powers in general but wouldn’t get involved in the details of the safeguarding process or make decisions about the process.
- I have strategic oversight on all safeguarding matters within the organisation.
- I will aim to make sure that we have sufficient resources to meet the organisation’s safeguarding duties.
- I will use my knowledge and influence to improve safeguarding practice regionally and national.
According to the standards, people in group E need to know:
- the core competencies (if they’re sector leaders or have specialist roles)
- how to work in ways that safeguard people from abuse, harm and neglect
- support others to safeguard people.