Location: Flexible within the United Kingdom. However, the successful candidate will be required to attend regular meetings at Home Office Headquarters in Central London.
Remuneration: £500 per day
Time commitment: 1-2 days per week
Do you want to play a leading role in advising the Home Office on how to best safeguard children’s welfare?
As Chair of the Independent Family Returns Panel (‘the Panel’) you will oversee the operation and output of the Panel that provides independent case-by-case advice to the Home Office on how to best safeguard children’s welfare during a family’s enforced return. The advice provided by the Panel helps to ensure that individual family return plans take full account of the welfare of the children involved, and therefore meeting the Home Office’s statutory child safeguarding duty.
The Chair has overall accountability for the decisions taken by the Panel and is responsible for providing effective leadership to deliver the safeguarding objectives of the family returns policy, and to manage the Panel’s operation to ensure the necessary level of safeguarding of children’s interests are met.
There is a high level of interest in family returns, so the ability to remain independent in an environment of regular scrutiny by the media, the public, and others is a key element of the role. As is the ability to secure and retain the confidence of Government Ministers and a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
We are seeking candidates who possess a successful track record of leading social welfare or children’s safeguarding issues in the public, private, or voluntary sector. Candidates should also have or be able to demonstrate evidence of strong leadership skills, and be able to write detailed reports and provide workable recommendations. As such, strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential.
This appointment will be for an initial period of three years.
For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our website.
Closing date: 23:00 hrs on Monday 30 September 2019.
We encourage a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.