Community Safety Manager

Vacancy details

Community Safety Manager

Based at: Bedminster Fire Station

Contract:  Permanent

Hours: 37 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

Salary: Hay 5 - £35,934- £38,813 per annum

Closing date: Friday 31 January 2020

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Avon Fire and Rescue Service as a Community Safety Manager.  This is a key role in our fire prevention and protection work and directly contributes towards reducing risks within the community.   The successful applicant will be responsible for the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of our Children and Young People intervention programmes. 

This is a critical role in which you will be responsible for managing a team of individuals to promote and enhance community safety and life skills for children and young people. You will also manage the children and young people’s safeguarding procedures ensuring the service has robust procedures in place both internally and externally. You will ensure changes to legislation are implemented throughout the services work and support both national and regional working. 

To be considered for this role you must be qualified to degree level in a relevant subject (for example; social work, community engagement, psychology, teaching or similar) or alternatively hold a professional qualification and accreditation with specific reference Community Safety. 

You should possess recent middle management experience, preferably within the public sector and knowledge of the Children’s Act 1989 and 2004 and its implications for Fire & Rescue Services as well as other related legislation and the impact this has upon children and young people.  Knowledge of local and national education and health initiatives is also desirable.

Effective communication and collaboration skills are essential to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.  The role will involve some evening working for which compensatory time off will be given. 

How to apply:

The job description and application is available on our website Completed applications must be submitted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ. Alternatively, you can email your application to Please quote job reference number 1530 on any communications.


Job description



To manage the function and staff of the Children and Young People area of Community Safety on a daily basis.

To develop, plan and implement and evaluate effective education programmes to promote and enhance community safety and life skills for young people.

To manage the Children and Young People Safeguarding procedures ensuring the Service has robust procedures in place both internally and externally and to provide professional advice when there are changes to legislation or local ways of working.


As a manager within the Risk Reduction Directorate, you will play a key role in fire prevention and protecting the wider community, through programmes of education and engagement within our Service area. This will include developing policies and delivering educational initiatives to support the work of the Community Safety function.

As the subject matter expert on the Children and Young People agenda you will act as the professional lead within this area, providing advice and guidance to staff and managers across the organisation. You will anticipate and interpret the impact of legislative changes and the risk profile affecting this group and brief Senior Managers to ensure the Service adapts its policies and strategy accordingly

Responsible for developing, planning the implementation and evaluation of the Services Children and Young People intervention programmes which promote and enhance community safety and lifeskills in young people throughout the service area.

Manage the development and delivery of suitable community safety education programmes for all key stages of school education, having regard to the National Curriculum and with particular emphasis on Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) and Citizenship.

Establish and maintain strong relationships with the Children and Young People Services within each Unitary Authority and other stakeholders including Extended Schools Partnerships, Youth Offending Teams, School Head teachers and Pupil Referral Units (PRU), to deliver key interventions on a commissioned basis to meet their requirements. 

Having regard to good practice within or outside the Fire Service via National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and other external agencies, take action to ensure the highest quality of delivery of service in support of local, regional and national objectives and initiatives.

Responsible for the management of the Children and Young People functions including Juvenile Firesetters Team. Work towards the achievement of Service and Directorate targets and, where necessary, set functional objectives and targets for the function.

Organise and structure work activities of self and teams within Children and Young People function to manage time and workloads effectively. Develop, maintain and improve productive working relationships and take personal responsibility for own development to continuously improve personal work performance. 

Select, manage, motivate and develop teams and individuals to ensure that the current and future needs of the Directorate and Service are met. Ensure all staff within your functional teams have the opportunity to develop personal potential within the agreed corporate framework. 

Support individuals’ learning and development, assessing individuals against agreed development objectives, and continually improving development activities, policies and overall practice. 

Monitor and review individual / team performance, including conducting PDRs, to ensure efficient and effective service delivery in accordance with Service policies, objectives and performance targets.

Take appropriate action to address concerns with employee welfare, attendance, discipline, grievances, health and safety, equality and diversity, and the performance of individuals or teams. Ensure all action complies with Service policies and procedures, liaising with the Human Resources Unit as necessary.

Manage and co-ordinate specialist instruction and training for operational firefighters and other staff to enable them to deliver effective community safety education programmes to young people.

To be responsible for interpreting legislation, guidance and other literature that has an impact on Community Safety, specifically the CYP arena. Liaise with the Area Manager/ Head of Risk Reduction to recommend any necessary action.  

Co-ordinate the Service’s Children and Young People safeguarding procedures and all training regarding child safeguarding; ensuring the service has a robust policy, carries out all DBS checks required and ensures that those staff with substantial access to young people have further training where required.

Consider the feasibility of new initiatives and interventions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of organisational activities.

Prepare reports, management information and statistics in support of Children and Young People interventions. 

Monitor the department budgets ensuring spending is within pre-set limits and compliant with the Authority’s financial regulations.

Communicate proactively with other functional managers, who initiate, develop, maintain and manage effective partnerships, to take advantage of a multi-agency approach to reducing community risk.

Attend such meetings, conferences and seminars or courses as required.

Participate positively in the performance and review process, undertaking relevant training and development activities to improve your work performance and contribute to the training and development of others.


Ensure you maintain an awareness of Health and Safety Regulations in relation to duties and tasks being undertaken and report any situations or incidents, which could be considered hazardous.  You have a responsibility for your own safety and must not endanger that of colleagues/visitors in the workplace or the public.

Ensure that, both in your dealings with other employees and with members of the public, you adhere to the principles and standards outlined in the Equality and Fairness Policy.  You are responsible for making your supervisor aware of literature, language or behaviour that offends against that policy and the dignity of personnel.

Ensure that you perform all duties in accordance with the principles and requirements of Data Protection legislation.

Carry out such other as may reasonably be required in relation to a post of this nature, without prejudice to the right to seek a re-evaluation of the post.

This Job Description contains only the main accountabilities relating to the post and does not describe in detail all the duties required to carry them out.

You are expected to work on your own initiative under the overall direction of the Head of Risk Reduction, who will set objectives, standards and overall priorities.

Your work will involve collaborative working with colleagues in other teams within Community Safety and other stakeholders both internally (Training, Performance Information, Partnerships, Media and Marketing), and externally (Local Strategic Partnerships, Children & Young People Services, Safeguarding Boards).


  • Qualified to degree level in a subject which has specific reference to this post (social work, community engagement, psychology, teaching or similar) or alternatively hold a professional qualification and accreditation with specific reference to working with children and young people. 
  • Recent middle management experience, preferably within the public sector.
  • Recent experience of working with schools developing partnerships and forming networks.
  • Experience with working with disadvantaged groups/individuals.
  • Expertise and specific knowledge of the work of Children and Young People Services and the National Curriculum.
  • A sound knowledge of the Children’s Act 2004 and its implications for Fire & Rescue Services.
  • Knowledge of other related legislation and the impacts upon children and young people.
  • Knowledge of local education and health initiatives.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively at all levels, verbally and in writing, with well developed presentation skills.
  • Able to relate effectively to all personnel and members of the public, especially young people.
  • Computer literate.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the development of a high quality public service.
  • Able to work effectively and flexibly in a continually changing customer focussed environment.
  • A commitment to equality and fairness and an understanding of human rights
  • A current full driving licence.
  • A record of success in developing and managing projects.


Your duties may involve working evenings as necessary, for which mutually agreed compensatory time-off will be given.

You will be required to drive in order to carry out the duties of the post within the Avon and Somerset area. If you use your own vehicle, appropriate allowances will be paid.

In the interests of the efficiency of the Service, you may be required to work from any base within the Service area.  Appropriate allowances will be made available for travelling to alternative work locations.

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