7th February 2019
**Independent Chair Opportunity***
The Independent Chair will play a key role in implementing Sandwell’s new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in response to legislative changes affecting Local Safeguarding Children Boards, as set out in the Child and Social Work Act 2017 and related Working Together 2018 guidance.
We are seeking a strong leader, with considerable knowledge and experience of chairing complex meetings at a senior level, and who has a good operational and strategic understanding of safeguarding children, to take on this position and provide leadership through a period of significant transformation.
Sandwell is seeking an individual who is passionate about improving outcomes for our children. You will need to be able to develop, support, engage and challenge the partnership members on their safeguarding activities whilst remaining independent.
We are looking for an exceptional person to provide critical challenge to members of the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangement to help us drive forward safeguarding children’s developments in a way that balances our duties to safeguard children and young people and ensure that the Safeguarding Children Strategic Partnership is able to identify and respond to emerging need and risks strategically, and listen to the lessons learned to inform and continue to improve safeguarding practice in Sandwell.
The Independent Chair will work to review, monitor and track partnership improvements through its sub-groups and produce an annual report on the ‘independent scrutiny’ of the effectiveness of SCSP multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.
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