Department for Education
About the Panel
No children should suffer harm, abuse or neglect, and reducing this is the primary focus of the independent national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.
Set up by the UK Government in 2018, the Panel reviews all cases when children die or are seriously harmed, and abuse or neglect is suspected, to see what learning can be drawn from these tragic incidents.
The Panel brings together a range of professionals who have a strong understanding of the multi-agency safeguarding system, with experience working in child safeguarding across health, children’s social care, policing, and education.
The Panel has the power to commission national reviews of serious child safeguarding cases which it believes are complex or have issues of national importance. Improvements the Panel’s national reviews identify help the Government and those who work with children to better safeguard and promote their welfare.
About the role
The independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel is looking to recruit up to eight new members.
Panel members are responsible for looking at serious child safeguarding cases notified to the Panel to determine whether learning could be identified through further analysis or a national review.
Under the leadership of a chair, Panel members are also responsible for leading national reviews, supervising fieldwork, undertaking analysis and disseminating learning to those working in child safeguarding.
We are looking for individuals with experience working strategically and on the frontline in child protection from the three safeguarding partners (local authority, police and health), as well as probation, education and other relevant sectors. However, panel members will be appointed to fill these roles as individuals acting in the public interest and not as representatives of their particular profession, employer or interest group.
All those recruited will need to understand the importance of listening to the voice experience of the child in child safeguarding cases.
We are keen to ensure the Panel has a diversity of expertise, so not all those recruited must have sector experience. In order to recruit a Panel with a balance of expertise, we welcome a truly diverse range of applicants with different backgrounds and experience.
Role: Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel Member
Part-Time: Four – seven days per month (including meetings and prep time)
Renumeration: £400 per day for a maximum of 84 days per year
Term: 4 years
Location: UK wide
The independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel is looking for part-time panel members.
We want to ensure a diverse panel membership so are looking applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to: work collaboratively; critically analyse and synthesise evidence; draw on professional experience and knowledge in decision making; communicate effectively and confidently deal with difficult and sensitive situations.
The right candidate will also demonstrate a strong understanding of the multi-agency child safeguarding system.
Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following requirements of the post. Please don’t hesitate to draw on the full diversity of your experience as part of this.
How to Apply
The closing date for applications is Friday 9th April at 10.00am
To find further information on this vacancy and how to apply please go to the Public Appointments Website.