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Independent Scrutineer 

Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership - Part time  /  Salary £600 per day

Closing date - 17:00 hours; 8th November, 2019

As we develop our new ways of working and to meet the requirements of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, Somerset is looking to recruit an Independent Scrutineer to assure the three key safeguarding partners, as well as the wider Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership, of the effectiveness of local safeguarding arrangements for children.

The Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership (Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, and Avon and Somerset Constabulary) would like to hear from candidates who can offer high challenge and scrutiny. If you have extensive strategic multi-agency safeguarding experience and a successful track-record of improving outcomes for children, we want to hear from you. You will also have the ability to lead and influence others.

Somerset welcomes applications from people from a range of disciplines. You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and hold a recognised professional qualification in a discipline which could include social care, health or Police or equivalent experience at a strategic management level.

You will have:

  • substantial experience of effective leadership at a senior level within a multi-agency context
  • substantial knowledge and understanding of statutory and voluntary organisations and how they work
  • extensive experience of deploying quality assurance to improve outcomes
  • extensive knowledge of the safeguarding agenda and related guidance.

The role requires a commitment of up to 15 days per year with the potential for the safeguarding partners to commission further days during the year. The role will be paid at £600 per day and, although you are not a direct employee of the statutory partners, HMRC regulations have defined this role as an “office holder” therefore payments arrangements will need to be made in accordance and deductions for Tax and NI taken at source.

The post will be reviewed after one year, with the possibility of extension. The post is subject to annual appraisal. 

For further information about the role please contact Caroline Dowson, Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership Business Manager: or 07970108212.

This role is being recruited Somerset County Council on behalf of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership.

A curriculum vitae and expression of interest should be sent to by 8 November 2019.

Partnership Development Manager

Kingston & Leatherhead Children's Services


Job Location

Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey and

County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames

Working Hours

36 hours per week

Contract Type



Community Development


£51,979 - £58,788 pa

Closing Date

29th October 2019 @ 23:59

Interview Date

To be Confirmed

Website Link

Please click here to access original details and further information for this vacancy.


Luke Entwistle at


About the Role

 An exciting and key role is available managing the Partnership Development Team at Surrey County Council, the team support the Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership. This is a full time role for 36 hours per week. Initially based at County Hall, Kingston-upon-Thames and Fairmount House, Leatherhead. The role will carry an expectation to work across the county as required by workflows.

Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership has recently launched, bringing together partner agencies and voluntary sector to deliver improved outcomes for Children and Families across Surrey. This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference and promote Safeguarding countywide.

The team is hosted by Surrey County Council, where services have recently been re-organised and new practice models are being implements. A new Quality and Performance Division has been established with a clear brief to add value and support improvements in services. Amongst its wider responsibilities for performance, quality assurance, user involvement, and the development of our new children's workforce Academy, the Division will lead on developing and nurturing partnerships across agencies and organisations working with children and young people in the county on embedding our renewed focus on strategic and operational planning.

You will lead a small team responsible for strengthening children's services partnerships across the county. You will be a champion and an enabler of partnership practice, aware of the benefits to the local authority, health sector, Police and third sector of working together and integrating services where it makes sense to do so. You will also have a strong commitment to engaging with youth people and other users of our services as a core element of good partnership practice. Surrey has recently reviewed its safeguarding partnership arrangements and the post holder will lead on embedding the new arrangements and improving the governance of safeguarding practice in the county. You will also play a key role in developing and supporting broader partnerships, for example in respect of early help and youth services and services for young people with SEN and disabilities.

To be successful in your application, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Previous experience of working in a safeguarding team partnership
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills with the ability to lead and coordinate multi-agency work groups to deliver priorities
  • Significant experience of operational management of services to children with proven experience in effective management of partnership governance arrangements
  • Proven experience of effective engagement of partners with the ability to maintain effective working relationships in a multi-agency context
  • Previous team management experience

Additional Information

 This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

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Volunteer Safeguarding Consultant

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds


The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is looking for a volunteer consultant in safeguarding to help them with the development of their international safeguarding standards and training. 

There may be other AILC colleagues who would like to do some ‘pro-bono’ work or fill a bit of retirement time!  Click here to access the advert and more detailed information.

The RSPB Headquarters is in Sandy, Bedfordshire but the role is mostly based from home.


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