Independent Consultant - Domestic Homicide Reviews

England, Essex, Chelmsford
16 Jun 2021
14 Jul 2021
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We are seeking to build on our pool of Independent Domestic Homicide Review Chairs/Overview Report writers across Southend, Essex and Thurrock who would be responsible for managing and co-ordinating the review process and for producing the final Overview Report, Executive Summary and Action Plan. The Independent DHR Chairs would work on an ad hoc basis as required; a fixed payment schedule per review will apply.

The ideal candidate will have come from a senior background who can chair meetings of senior managers in a partnership environment and can also write high level reports using management reports compiled by partner agencies. They would require a good understanding around domestic abuse issues.

Compliance /DBS check(s) on all successful applicants will be undertaken.


The Independent Chair is appointed by the Review Panel on behalf of the Community Safety Partnership/SET DA Team, and is responsible for managing and co-ordinating the review process and for producing the final Overview Report, Executive Summary and Action Plan (including anonymised versions) based on Individual Management Reviews and any other evidence the Review Panel decides is relevant.

The Independent Chair should be an experienced individual who is not directly associated with any of the agencies involved in the review.

Key Activities

  • To chair the appointed DHR Panel.
  • To draw up the terms of reference for each domestic homicide to scope the review process in line with guidance.
  • To produce the final Overview Report and Executive Summary (including anonymised version) with associated Action Plan.
  • Present the summary of the case and findings at the relevant Community Safety Partnership Briefings and the DHR Lesson Learnt Seminars as required.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Enhanced knowledge of domestic violence and abuse issues including so-called 'honour'-based abuse,the DA Act, research, guidance and legislation relating to adults and children, including for example the Children's Act 2004, the Care Act 2014 and the Equality Act 2010.
  • An understanding of the role and context of the main agencies likely to be involved in the review.
  • Managerial expertise.
  • Strategic vision so that opportunities are identified to link in and inform local and national strategies such as the Government's Ending Violence against Women and Girls strategy.
  • Good investigative, analytical, listening, interviewing, report writing and communication skills.
  • Good facilitation/enabling skills with a non-judgemental approach.
  • An understanding of the discipline regimes within participating agencies.
  • An understanding of wider statutory review frameworks such as child or adult reviews.
  • The completion of the E-Learning Training Package on Domestic Homicide Reviews, including additional modules on chairing reviews and producing Overview Reports.
  • Attendance at DHR Chair's Training events run by the Home Office.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will not apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will not be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

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If you have any queries regarding this role, or require any further information, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888 or email .