Trustee Safeguarding Lead


Starlight Childrens Foundation

Excited and inspired by our purpose to protect play for seriously ill children and their families, we're looking for a Trustee with safeguarding experience and expertise.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Starlight use the power of play to make the experience of illness and treatment better for children and their families.

We are passionate about protecting time for play. We champion play’s importance and defend every seriously ill child’s right to it. Our passion takes us to the bedsides of some of the most poorly children in the UK. We use the power of play to create a sense of escape from the difficult reality in which these children find themselves. To delight and distract. To entertain and enlighten. But, most of all, to restore a smile to their faces.

Play is important. Play is invaluable. Play is vital

We are seeking an experienced safeguarding lead who is excited and inspired by our purpose.For Starlight safeguarding means taking reasonable steps to protect people from harm when they come into contact with us. While this is a shared responsibility of all Trustees, we have found it really beneficial to have an experienced Safeguarding Lead to support the Board in addition to their wider responsibilities as a Trustee.

The Duties of all Starlight Trustees

  1. Excited and inspired by our purpose you’ll ensure that everything we do is aligned to driving forward that purpose for the benefit of sick children and their families. You’ll be actively involved in developing our strategy, agreeing plans and evaluating their impact.
  2. With other experienced Trustees you’ll ensure that we are a well-run charity, operating responsibly and complying with our governing document and the requirements of multiple regulators including the Charity Commission, Companies House and HMRC.
  3. You’ll aways act in the best interests of the charity, working together with the other Trustees to make balanced and well-informed decisions. You’ll be prepared to question and challenge, contribute an opinion and accept and drive forward majority decisions when they’ve been made.
  4. Our resources are limited and precious so you will want to ensure that they are used responsibly, managing risks, protecting people from harm, protecting assets and always protecting the reputation of Starlight. You’ll also be willing to roll up your sleeves to help raise the money, the resources and create the connections that the charity needs to achieve our ambitions for children and their families
  5. Our Board is diverse, and everyone acts with skill and care, you’ll enjoy using your own skills and experience, but you’ll also be willing for the Board and the charity to take expert advice if it’s needed. You’ll naturally want to prepare well for meetings by ensuring that you have the information needed which will enable you to be an active participant.
  6. You’ll always have positive intent as a critical friend to the Starlight SMT and wider team.


Safeguarding duties

1.     Strategic


  • Consider the organisation’s strategic plans and make sure they reflect safeguarding legislation, regulations specific to our activities, statutory guidance, and the safeguarding expectations of the Charity Commission.
  • Work with our designated safeguarding lead to regularly review whether measures put in place are creating a safer culture and keeping people safe.

  • Oversee safeguarding risk especially ensuring that our risk register reflects safeguarding risks properly and includes appropriate management and mitigation measures.

  • Ensure there is space on Board Meeting agendas for safeguarding reports and help trustees to understand and confidently challenge those reports.

  • Chair the operational Safeguarding Committee and be the liaison between the Committee and the Board of Trustees.

2.     Effective policy and practice


  • Ensure that there is an annual review of safeguarding policies and procedures and that this is reported to trustees.

  • Understand the monitoring that Starlight does to see whether policies and procedures are effective.

  •  Audit data and review cases to learn and improve Starlight’s policies, procedures and practices.

  • Oversee safeguarding allegations against staff or volunteers, with CEO and designated safeguarding lead.

  • Be a Trustee point of contact for staff or volunteers if someone wishes to complain about a lack of action in relation to safeguarding concerns.

3. Promoting the right culture


  • Champion safeguarding throughout the organisation.

  • Attend relevant safeguarding training events and conferences.

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

  • Attend events and activities to engage with the Starlight team, volunteers and families to understand safeguarding on the ground.

  • Work with the chair, CEO, designated safeguarding lead and communications team in the event of a serious safeguarding case.

  • Support regular safeguarding training and updates

    Principles and Values 

 At Starlight we value the Nolan principles to guide our ethical standards, these are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. With our new strategy and brand, we are also working on values specific to Starlight which we hope to be able to share with you at interview.

To apply

In your application we’d love to hear about what inspires you about Starlight’s purpose, your expertise and experience in safeguarding and how you would also be able to contribute more broadly to the Trustee role and Starlight’s success. We’d like a document that is very personal to you, an email is fine or if you prefer a letter, accompanied by a CV which will need to have two current referees – employment and character ideally.

We will consider applications until Friday February 11th and interviews will take place on February 16th with the Chairman Alain Wolffe, Director of Children’s Services Dr. Krutika Pau and CEO Cathy Gilman.

For serious applicants we are happy to have an informal chat. To arrange this, and to apply please contact [email protected]

For more information about Starlight visit






Supporting documents

  • Starlight-Safeguarding-Trustee-Lead-January-2022-Trustees-Unlimited.pdf - Download
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