The Independent Scrutineer will play a pivotal role in supporting Dudley’s multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in response to legislative changes 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 meetings, and who has a good operational and strategic understanding of safeguarding children, to take on this position and facilitate a comprehensive quality of practice and performance programme.
Dudley 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 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 Dudley Safeguarding People 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 Dudley.
Salary: £500 per day up to 20 days per year (Fixed Term for 24 months)
The role of Independent Scrutineer is appointed by and accountable to Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership.
The post holder will lead the Dudley Safeguarding Children Partnership Group workstream on behalf of the three statutory partners with direct support from the sub group leads and Business Manager in an ambition to instil transparency and reflective scrutiny of the local multi-agency arrangement and systems in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
It is estimated that this will take up to 20 days a year to be reviewed as part of the continuing review of the safeguarding arrangement
The Independent Scrutineer will support the partnership to improve its ability to effectively scrutinise the safeguarding system using a range of activities (i.e. performance data/intelligence, the voice of children, young people and frontline practitioner’s) and approaches to examine the journey and experiences of children and young people as service users of the safeguarding system, at all level of need from early help through to specialist/ intensive intervention.
To lead the agenda underpinned by a comprehensive workplan that enables rigorous challenge to the partnership processes on the effectiveness of the children and young people’s safeguarding arrangements in Dudley.
The postholder will act as constructive critical friend, promoting reflection to drive continuous improvement to both the partnership and safeguarding practice.
The Scrutineer will provide routine reports on how effectively the arrangements are working for children and young people, and for practitioners.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and vulnerable adults; therefore the post is subject to medical clearance and an enhanced DBS check.
For further information please contact Sam.Anderson@dudley.gov.uk Tele:01384 815533
N.B. We reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised date should we receive a large number of applications.
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