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"Knowing that the work I do contributes towards improving the lives of Peterborough residents is a real driver for me. Work isn’t just about coming into the office to do the 9 to 5, it’s about wanting to make a real difference. The commitment of my colleagues in working to achieve that goal means there’s always support when you need it and a great team spirit."

Claire M, Children's Services

Independent Chair

Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Hours:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 28/02/2019 23:59
Employment Location:
Sand Martin House, Peterborough
£45,660 - £50,610
Weekly Hours:
37 Hours per week
Vacancy ID:

Job details 

Closing date:
28 Feb

Supporting documents

Document JD.pdf (156.91 KB)

Document PS.pdf (127.79 KB)

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Peterborough is on a journey to ‘outstanding’, and an excellent opportunity has arisen to join us in that journey as an Independent Chair. Our Safeguarding Quality Assurance service is highly respected within the Council and our OFSTED report 2018 states “Quality assurance approaches are a strength and play a pivotal role in improving front-line practice and encouraging reflective learning.”

Our Independent Chairs undertake the dual role, so you would be fulfilling all of the responsibilities of the Independent Chair for Child Protection Conferences and the Independent Review Officer for Children in Care, as well as providing child protection advice and consultation to key multi-agency partners. In addition you would have the opportunity to chair Secure Review Panels; Disruption Meetings; and involvement in other relevant service improvement activities.

You will have a critical and central role in improving the lives of children in ensuring their views are heard, fully considered and have influence in the decisions and plans for their future. You are expected to be the driving force for ensuring Child Protection Plans and Children in Care Plans are evidence based, child focused, aspirational and achieved within the Child’s time.

You will have a broad range of experience and proven skills across children’s services, enabling you to respond to the safeguarding needs of children at risk, and in care using effective critical analysis; drawing on a sound knowledge base and using effective communication with different audiences.

You will be expected to contribute to the overall delivery of services and continuous improvement of Children’s Services within an equalities framework, and to ensure the highest possible standards of practice are adhered to.

You will be a HCPC registered Social Worker; with management experience and passionate about achieving best outcomes for children and young people.

Peterborough is committed to ensuring caseloads are in line with statutory guidance to fulfil the key core functions of both statutory roles, and you will receive regular supervision as well as support for your continued professional development.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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