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Scrutineer / Chair

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership


Job Title

Independent Scrutineer and Chair Safeguarding Children and Young People

Our Reference


Employment Term



Plough Lane Hereford



Job Category

Children's Social Care/Work



Closing Date  6 September 2019


A passion for keeping children and young people safe? 

Experienced at working across and bringing together multi-agency partnerships for the benefit of young people?

Join our journey… 

Herefordshire’s key partners putting in place our New Approach to Safeguarding Children and Young People are looking for an independent scrutineer/chair to work with us and make a substantial difference for children and young people and the staff who work in Herefordshire. The successful candidate will support the further development of effective scrutiny and assurance arrangements for children and young people’s safeguarding across the county. The role will provide independent challenge and assurance to the partners on the effectiveness of the children and young people’s safeguarding arrangements in Herefordshire, including arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases.

The post holder will also act as constructive critical friend, working with the partners to provide the necessary leadership of the partnership arrangements as well as promoting reflection to drive continuous improvement to both the partnership and safeguarding practice.

The Scrutineer/Chair will consider and, as necessary, report upon how effectively the arrangements are working for children and young people, and for practitioners.

To apply, please submit your CV and supporting statement and to arrange an informal discussion, please call 01432 383788 or click on this link to apply.





Independent Chair

Rotherham Safeguarding Children Partnership


Closing Date

Wednesday 26 July 2019 at 1600 hours

Assessment Date

To be confirmed

Final Interview Date

To be confirmed


In the region of £700 per day dependent on experience


Approximately 2/3 days per month


Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, and South Yorkshire Police.

Rotherham is an ambitious Borough. Together as Safeguarding Children Partners we are embarking on the next stage of a significant change programme across all areas of service delivery. Our vision is to drive forward the ideals that every child should have the best possible start in life, every adult should feel empowered, secure and responsible, and our town should be clean, safe and with a strong sense of community.

At the heart of our new multi-agency children’s safeguarding arrangements is our strong commitment to keep Rotherham’s children safe. Its overarching vision is to work with children, families and our partners to continue to build on the impressive progress made in recent years and to build on our ‘good’ Ofsted status.

Our key outcomes will be:

  • Children and young people are healthy and safe from harm
  • Children and young people start school ready to learn for life
  • Children, young people and their families are ready for the world of work

This will mean our children, young people and families are proud to live and work in Rotherham and will ensure that the voice of children and young people is embedded into shaping our future plans as a Borough. Fundamental to this journey is a programme of change, with a focus on building community strength and enabling innovation across Rotherham.

Central to this vision is a whole-system approach to safeguarding children, aligned with the Working Together 2018 guidance. Bringing together the statutory partners at senior level our new multi-agency arrangements will report into the governance arrangements for each of the statutory partners, and will connect to the Safeguarding Adults Board, the Safer Rotherham Partnership and the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Central to the new approach is the role of Independent Chair, providing independent scrutiny to the safeguarding arrangements and outcomes for children. This exciting role will play a critical part in ensuring the partnership moves forward at pace and the Safeguarding Partnership meetings make a real difference to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people at risk or with care and support needs. Rotherham believes that protecting those at risk is the responsibility of all agencies and communities with this new post holder being central to that approach.

As Chair, you will be accountable for ensuring that our multi agency safeguarding arrangements have a distinct, independent and objective presence. Importantly, as Chair, you will ensure that our new arrangements represent the views of all partners, driving improvement, and ensuring independent challenge to partners where necessary. You will further drive our professionally curiosity, challenging practice and maintain our focus to being a caring Borough.

You will have extensive experience in chairing strategic partnerships and an excellent knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and/or adults, as well as the ability to inspire trust and confidence of senior professionals across a range of agencies.

You will be professionally qualified, with a clear vision, strong leadership skills and clearly demonstrable communication and negotiation skills, both with professionals and the public. With significant operational and management experience in a professional specialism, you will also hold a relevant qualification in Health/Social Care, Education, Criminal Justice or Legal services. The role is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and references will be sought prior to interview for short-listed candidates.

For an informal discussion, please contact: Jon Stonehouse, Strategic Director directly on 01709 334162 or email

For further details please apply directly at

Please click below for the Person Specification.

Rotherham Job Specification
(Microsoft Word Document)

Independent Facilitator

Essex Safeguarding Children Board

Closing Date

Sunday 1 September 2019


3 year contract

No of Days

35 days per year

Interview Details

Successful candidates will take part in a two stage interview process. Preliminary Interview date still TBC

Final Interview Date

20 September 2019

We are looking to appoint a self-motivated and accomplished leader as the Independent Facilitator to support the three Statutory Partners (Health, Police and Local Authority) in leading the strategic work of Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) and ensure that they contribute to making a real difference to the safety and well-being of Essex’s children and young people.

You will be expected to ensure that the Board has a distinct, independent and objective voice representing the views of all partners, driving improvements in effectiveness and ensuring independent challenge to partner agencies where necessary. You will need to have extensive experience in chairing strategic partnerships and a good knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, as well as the ability to inspire trust and confidence of senior professionals across a range of agencies. You will need to evidence effective vision and leadership at a strategic level and demonstrate high level communication and negotiation skills both with professionals and the public.

All interested applicants should please apply via this link, where you will also find further information about the role.

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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