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Summary IndependentChairand ScrutineerforSafeguardingChildren in Wandsworth Do you have the skills to lead partners to make the best decisionsto safeguardchildren in Wandsworth? Wandsworth Safeguarding Partners (Wandsworth Council,theSW LondonClinical Commissioning Group and the Metropolitan Police in Wandsworth) would like to hear from candidates with strong skills in bringing challenge and leadership to multi-partner bodies. Whether your skills lie in scrutiny, chairing or both, we would like to hear from you. We are open-minded how we progress this role, it is more important for us to get the right person for the children and families of Wandsworth than be prescriptive aboutthe role(s)that person should offer us. Wandsworth is a busyand diverse borough, by population, it is the largest of the inner London boroughs. It comprises the major conurbations of Battersea, Tooting, and Putney with the range of affluence and deprivation that is associated with London life. The borough is an attractive location for families, has a notably young demographic and providesall ofthe challenges to keeping children and young people safe that you would expect in the inner city. We are looking for someone who isstrategic and clear thinking, able to negotiate, support and challenge partners to constructivelyholdeach otherto accountto deliver high-quality safeguarding work across the partnershipand best serve Wandsworth families.Your focus will be to help us continue toensure children are safe andimprove outcomes forthemand their families and to take forward a changing and challenging agenda. You must be able todemonstrate yourstrategic experience to help us embed partnership working at all levels.You need to form appropriate relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, ranging from practitioners in safeguarding to senior managers and elected councillors. The ability to ensure engagement and, where appropriate, a sense of urgency, areessential to this role. We would look to you topromote collaborative workingandtoco-ordinate partners tocollectively solve problems. You need tobe experienced and knowledgeable in safeguarding and child protection work at a senior level and possess the ability to lead, influence and motivate others.You shouldbe able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Working Together to Safeguard Children Guidance 2018 and what this means to local partnerships. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people. We welcome applications from people from a range of disciplines. Ideally, you will have: significant experience/professional backgroundat an operational and strategic level in a relevant fieldwhich could includesocial care, health, education or criminal justice; experience of working at a senior levelin the area ofsafeguarding and/or child protection; a proven track record of effective leadership at a 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 creative approach to ensuring effective governance of and between partnerships. A good knowledge of the local context and experience working ina diverse metropolitan boroughor a similar area will be an advantage. Youwill beaccountable to the Chief Executive of Wandsworth Council,theAccountable Officer of the South West London Alliance of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), andthe BCUCommander for South West London, Metropolitan Police, as part of the tri-partite safeguarding children arrangements. The role requires a commitment ofcirca 50 days per year,paid at £700 per day and, although you are not a direct employee of the statutory partners, 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 oftwo years, the post is subject to annual appraisal. Instruction on completing an application Please upload your CV and a covering letters of application (which should be no more than three sides of A4 maximum) This should detail how your suitability and experience is relevant to the range of ideal experienceincludedin this advertisement. Interviews will be held on 10th May 2019. Useful Information Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. For further information about the role please contact Matthew Maher, Head of Community and Partnerships via email; [email protected] The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be aDisability Confident employer. Important Information This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).