Person Specification

Our Chair will demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience;

  • Recent, direct and extensive professional safeguarding experience and expertise at a senior level in the relevant statutory, voluntary or judicial agency (for example in a senior role in Local Authority Children’s or Adults’ Services, probation service, police, judiciary, national charity focused on service delivery for children or vulnerable adults);
  • Experience of case reviews, risk management and engagement and partnership working;
  • A confident and empowering leadership style with the ability to manage meetings effectively and influence people to build capacity and confidence in safeguarding practice;
  • Emotional intelligence, empathy and resilience are vital, with consummate interpersonal skills to navigate complex and sensitive issues;
  • Up to date knowledge of multi-agency safeguarding practice and processes, legislation and current developments;
  • Demonstrable ability to bring the independent lens this role requires;
  • An ability to promote and represent the Board at all levels both internally and externally;
  • The time commitment is 2-3 days per month. The postholder must have time capacity to dedicate to the role, including headroom to address short-term needs as they arise;
  • A strong sense of values;
  • The postholder does not need to be a Christian, but it is important to understand the Church of England and how to navigate its governance structures.

This appointment will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and candidates will be required to complete a Fit and Proper Person declaration as part of the process.

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