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Chair of the independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

No children should suffer harm, abuse or neglect, and reducing this is the  primary focus of the independent national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

Set up by the UK Government in 2018, the Panel has the power to commission national reviews of serious child safeguarding cases which it believes are complex or have issues of national importance.

When a child dies, or is seriously harmed, the Panel reviews the practice of all agencies involved in the life of the child and family, in order to reflect on the protection and support offered. Improvements the Panel’s national reviews identify help the Government and those who work with children to better safeguard and promote their welfare.

The Panel is responsible for supervising reviews they commission, ensuring they are of satisfactory quality, that timely progress is made and that improvements that should be made by safeguarding partners or others can be easily identified.

The Panel consists of a chair and seven other members from across professions involved in child safeguarding, including the Chief Social Worker for Children and Families. It has its own statutory powers, is independent of government and makes its own decisions.

Through systematic review, the Panel aims to build a picture of child protection practice more generally, highlighting repeat practice themes, and focussing on what needs to change to help save the lives of children across England.

Role Description

Role: Chair of the independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Part-Time: Six – eight days per month (including meetings and prep time)

Renumeration: £500 day

Location: UK wide

The independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel is looking for a part-time chair. The chair is responsible for leading and managing the Panel. They must lead development and implementation of a strategic vision for the Panel and ensure the reviews under their supervision identify improvements safeguarding partners or others should make to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide strategic leadership for the Panel, leading the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the Panel.
  • To be ultimately responsible and accountable for the Panel’s work and conduct of its functions. This includes taking urgent decisions on behalf of the whole Panel when required.
  • To ensure the Panel demonstrates the highest standards of integrity at all times, including ensuring the identification and management of any conflicts of interest which might arise.
  • Chairing Panel meetings effectively so that objectives are met, ensuring that all members’ views are taken into account, and creating a culture of openness, debate and collaboration that maximises use of all members’ skills and experience.
  • To ensure the ongoing effectiveness and development of the Panel and regularly evaluate the Panel’s effectiveness. This includes leading long-term planning for Panel membership and succession.
  • To represent the Panel to the public, media and children’s social care and safeguarding sector.
  • To build and maintain positive relationships with Multi-Agency Safeguarding Partners at both national and local level.

Person Specification

Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to: provide strong strategic leadership; chair high level meetings; effectively manage team dynamics and maintain the confidence of others, including child safeguarding professionals, Ministers and the public.

The right candidate will also demonstrate a strong understanding of multi-agency child safeguarding arrangements policy and frontline delivery.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following requirements of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • A strong understanding of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.
  • The ability to provide strong strategic leadership to the Panel and guide the work of the independent secretariat, demonstrated by a significant record of achievement in senior leadership roles in a complex organisation.
  • The ability to chair high level meetings, manage team dynamics and motivate team members effectively so that objectives are met and clear decisions made.
  • The ability to think strategically and exercise sound independent judgement on complex and sensitive issues.
  • The ability to analyse and interpret detailed information from a range of agencies involved in serious child safeguarding cases.
  • Being a skilled communicator and influencer, who can use those skills to handle high-profile, sensitive issues and gain and keep the respect and confidence of others, including the child safeguarding sector, Ministers and the public.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 31st July 2020 at 11.00am.

To find further information on this vacancy and how to apply please click apply below.

Chair of the independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Department for Education
United Kingdom
Part Time
£500 day

Published on 31 Jul 2020