Current LSCB Vacancies

The Royal Borough of Kingston & Richmond Upon Thames

Independent Chair - LSCB

Job Title:
Independent Chair
Closing Date:
30 Aug 2017
Reference number:
£600 per day – one day per borough per week
Job Hours:
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

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.

Please contact:
Elisabeth Major, LSCB Professional Adviser for further information.
07833 481 774


Independent Chair

Job Details:
1102 - 1216 PSCB Chair
Closing Date:
11 Aug 2017
Reference number:
Children's Services & Education
Portsmouth, Hampshire
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The Independent Chair will work for a maximum of 24 days a year on a consultancy basis. 

Portsmouth has an effective and well established Safeguarding Children Board rated ‘good’ at the last Ofsted inspection. 
We have a proactive and effective leadership approach to identifying the key priorities for safeguarding within the city and this is supported by very good partnership working and enthusiastic, skilled and committed staff at all levels.

The current Independent Chair is now moving on and we are looking for a new person to fulfil this role and lead the transition arrangements in the light of the Children & Social Work Act 2017.
You will need to be an experienced, self-motivated and highly effective individual to take on the role of Independent Chair. Through an explicit focus on achieving better outcomes for children and young people and effective leadership, you will champion the safeguarding of children in Portsmouth.

You will have extensive experience in the leadership of partnerships, a sound knowledge of strategic and operational safeguarding and a real desire to make a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable children and families. 

The role involves work for up to 24 days a year on a consultancy basis and the fee is fixed at £550 per day (8 hour day).

If you believe you have the strategic vision and personal qualities to influence and lead safeguarding in Portsmouth we would like to invite you to submit an application.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role please contact:

Alison Jeffery, Director for Children, Families and Education on 023 9284 1202
David Williams, Chief Executive on 023 9283 4010
Reg Hooke, Current Independent Chair on 07554 809732

Closing Date for applications: 11th August 2017
Interviews are scheduled for: 1st September 2017

Please note that following the IR35 changes in April 2017, it is the Council’s policy that all individuals working for us must be treated as employees or workers paid through the payroll system, unless there is evidence which supports their self-employment status for the work they do. The post holder to the PSCB Chair role will be deemed as an 'office holder' and as such payments to the individual office holder must go through the payroll in the same way as employees for tax and NIC purposes.

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

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