1. Blue Smile

Safeguarding Trustee

Mostly online/Cambridge

The Safeguarding Trustee will take the lead on safeguarding supporting the Chair of Trustees and Charity Director.

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Who we are

We provide specialist wellbeing and arts based therapy in local schools across Cambridgeshire. The children we support are at the heart of everything we do and we’re proud to take a whole school approach to our work.

The role


Role type: Unremunerated/Volunteer (reasonable expenses reimbursed)

Location: Trustee meetings currently take place mainly online but attendance at Blue Smile offices
in Central Cambridge, or other locations where we work, may be required from time to time

Commitment: Six meetings a year of the Trustee Board (usually on a weekday evening).
Trustees are also represented on subcommittees and advisory groups which report to the Board. We
would encourage the Safeguarding Trustee to be part of the Clinical and Ethics Committee which
meets once a term. Trustees may also offer support with projects and events as required and as
their time allows.

Blue Smile’s mission and purpose

Blue Smile’s mission is to transform the mental health and life chances of Cambridgeshire children
through arts-based therapies. We help over 200 children a week to be happier and have brighter
futures. We work with schools in Cambridge and the region providing children with one-to-one
therapy. We also directly support both schools and parents to help their children through our
extensive Menu of Services. We work in particular, in accordance with our charitable aims, with
those who face disadvantage or deprivation.

The charity has over 70 clinical experts working with us. Our office team supply essential
management and administrative support to this clinical work.

Safeguarding is central to all Blue Smile activities, and we recognise that the welfare of all
children, young people and adults at risk, is paramount and that all have equal rights of
protection. We have a duty of care when they are in our charge, and we will do everything we can to
provide a safe and caring environment whilst they attend our activities.

Role of Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for appointing and overseeing the work of the Charity Director, making
key decisions about the charity, and ensuring it is run appropriately and in compliance with the
law and good governance. The Trustees must ensure the charity carries out its purposes for the
public benefit. They must act in the charity’s best interest, manage its resources responsibly, act
with reasonable care and skill and ensure the charity is accountable.

More detail on the role of trustees can be found at gov.uk. Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Trustees of Blue Smile are also company Directors as Blue Smile is set up as a limited company.

Why become a Trustee for Blue Smile?
This is an exciting time to be joining Blue Smile as we implement our Strategy for 2024 onwards.
Building on our excellent reputation for high quality, specialised work with young children, we
want to develop our services and evaluation, invest in new systems, and grow our service to meet
the increased

need for child mental health support. We also want to increase reach through additional services
impact the whole school community.

You will be joining a friendly, committed, and active Board and induction and training will be


Though safeguarding is the responsibility of all trustees the Safeguarding Trustee will take the
lead on safeguarding supporting the Chair of Trustees and Charity Director.

The Safeguarding Trustee will:

• Have oversight of the safeguarding policies and procedures. Ensuring there is an annual
review which is reported to the other trustees.

• Consider the charity’s strategic plans in the light of safeguarding legislation and other
relevant obligations and the safeguarding expectations of the Charities Commission.

• Check the charities risk register reflects safeguarding risks properly and work with the
Board and Charity Director to plan sensible measures to take.

• Make sure there is space on the agenda for safeguarding reports and help trustees understand
and challenge those reports.

• Attend relevant safeguarding training events.

• Support the trustees in developing their individual and collective understanding of

Experience and Skills we are looking for in a Safeguarding Trustee:

• Experience working in safeguarding for children and young people.

• Awareness of relevant guidance, particularly, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023 and
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023.

• Good communication and interpersonal skills.

• Ability to maintain confidentiality on sensitive and confidential information.

• Commitment to the values (and ethics) of the charity.

We are committed to a diversity of voices in our organisation. We welcome applications from all
backgrounds. We would encourage younger people to consider applying – you do not need to have held
a trustee or similar role before. We would also love to hear from you if you are from an under-
represented groups at Blue Smile such as individuals from Black, Asian or minority ethnic
backgrounds, LGBTQI+ people and people with a disability, or if you have experience of child and
family statutory services in your own personal life.

Blue Smile is committed to safer recruitment and trustees will be expected to complete a Disclosure
and Barring Service check.

If you would like to be part of a welcoming and well-respected charity whose aim is to help
children enjoy happier childhoods and brighter futures, please send your CV and a covering letter
to vicki.osborne@bluesmile.org.uk, describing why you want to join the Board and how, as
Trustee, you can contribute to ensuring the Charity is a safe environment for all. Thank you!

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