Barking & Dagenham Local Safeguarding Children Board
Barking & Dagenham Safeguarding Children Board (BDSCB) wishes to appoint to the role of Independent Chair.
Barking & Dagenham is a dynamic and forward thinking place to work and we have taken significant steps in developing our partnership and improving safeguarding services for children and young people.
We are looking for an LSCB Chair with strong leadership skills to further strengthen partnerships, to help us to continue to improve outcomes for children and their families and to take forward the changing and challenging agenda for LSCB’s.
We are looking for someone with demonstrable strategic experience who can help us to embed partnership working at all levels, someone who promotes collaborative working who will co-ordinate partners to hold each other to account, and who has the judgement and skill to work with the most senior system leaders.
Applicants should be experienced and knowledgeable in safeguarding and child protection work at a senior level and will possess the ability to lead, influence and motivate others. The successful candidate will be strategic and clear thinking, able to negotiate, support and challenge partners to constructively challenge each other to deliver high-quality safeguarding work across the partnership.
This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.
To apply for this post the applicant will have:
- a relevant academic/ professional qualification in one of the core disciplines represented on the LSCB;
- significant experience at operational and strategic level in a relevant field; social care, health, education or criminal justice;
- experience of working at a senior level in the area of safeguarding and/or child protection;
- a proven track-record of effective leadership at strategic level;
- the ability to chair complex multi-agency discussions that result in assurances and changes in policy and practice to improve safeguarding outcomes;
- a sound and creative approach to ensuring effective governance of and between partnerships.
The Independent Chair of BDSCB is directly accountable to the Chief Executive of Barking and Dagenham Council and the Lead Member. The role requires a commitment of 30 days per year paid at £650 per day and, although you are not a direct employee of the council, 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.
Reviewed after six months, with an initial term contract of two years, the post is subject to annual appraisal. In future, we may wish to discuss creating a joint or shared Board with another borough. At the same time, we are recruiting for an Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board, and whilst we are conducting the processes in parallel, we welcome applications from individuals with appropriate experience who may be interested in undertaking both roles.
Application: Letters of application (three sides of A4 maximum) are required that detail; how your suitability and experience is relevant to the job description and person specification to accompany your CV. To visit the website and apply for this position, please click here.
Closing Date: 31 May 2017
Interviews: June 2017
An enhanced DBS check is required.