Independent Chair and Scrutineer (ICS)

Stockport, Greater Manchester
09 Jun 2021
23 Jun 2021
Contract Type

Stockport Safeguarding Partnerships are looking to appoint an Independent Chair and Scrutineer (ICS). This role will play an important part in supporting the strategic work of the Safeguarding Partnerships. The ICS will work with the Partnership’s Business Unit to provide independent scrutiny and ensure that the arrangements make a real difference to the safety and wellbeing of children and adults at risk.

If you are an experienced senior leader with an in-depth knowledge of safeguarding, and a clear commitment to work collaboratively with partners to improve outcomes for children and young people and adults at risk of abuse and/or neglect, we would like to hear from you.

As Chair you will:

  • Be accountable to the three statutory partners for ensuring that the multi-agency safeguarding arrangements have a distinct, independent and objective voice, representing the views of all partners, driving improvements, and ensuring independent challenge to partners where necessary.
  • Facilitate independent scrutiny to provide assurance in judging the effectiveness of multi-agency arrangements to safeguard children and young people and vulnerable adult in Stockport. You will work with the Business Unit to determine the activities necessary to assure the Board about the quality of local arrangements.
  • Help focus the work of subgroup meetings, task and finish group meetings and will support the development of quality assurance to include oversight of partners’ learning and development activities. You will have access to any papers from those meetings or activities.
  • Have extensive experience in chairing strategic partnerships and an excellent knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults, as well as the ability to inspire trust and confidence of senior professionals across a range of agencies.
  • Be professionally qualified in Health/Social Care, Education, Criminal Justice or Legal services with a clear vision, strong leadership skills and clearly demonstrable communication, mediation and negotiation skills, both with professionals and the public.

The successful candidate will provide the services as detailed in the job description and specification document. The contract term is for three years with an option to extend further, subject to satisfactory appraisal.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be subject to satisfactory pre-employment clearances including a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Closing date: 23 June 2021 at 11 59 pm.

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