Hours: 18 – flexible options available
The Royal Borough of Kingston and Richmond Upon Thames Safeguarding Children Boards wish to appoint to the role of Independent Chair. The LSCBs in Kingston and Richmond are separate Boards, but have some subgroups and an LSCB Business Team in common.
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. There will be considerable change anticipated.
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 the LSCB is directly accountable to the Chief Executive of RB Kingston and Richmond Councils and their Lead Members. The role requires a commitment of one day per week per borough paid at GBP 600 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 shared Board with other boroughs, in line with the Wood review and government guidance.
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. Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will be held on 5 October 2017 in Twickenham, with three panels of Chief Executives, children and young people, and Board Members.
An enhanced DBS check is required.
Elisabeth Major, LSCB Professional Adviser for further information.
07833 481 774