North Yorkshire Children's Partnership are seeking a Safeguarding Children Partnership Executive Chair and Independent Scrutineer.
Thank you for your interest in the role of North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) Executive Chair and Independent Scrutineer.
North Yorkshire is a beautiful place to live and work and we believe our children and young people are our future. We want children and young people in North Yorkshire to thrive and achieve the best possible outcomes they can, ensuring where needed, children receive the right support, at the right time, by the right person. NYSCP is a multi-agency partnership with colleagues from different organisations working together to deliver our statutory duties as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), for children, young people, their families and carers across the County. As a partnership, we work collaboratively to ensure children and young people are protected from harm whilst growing up in an environment in which they are happy and that encourages them to have aspirations for their future.
The statutory function of NYSCP is to co-ordinate and embed safeguarding practice within organisations across multi-sector, whilst also ensuring effectiveness of practice and with the aim of ensuring all children in North Yorkshire are safe, happy, healthy and achieving in life as set out in the Being Young in North Yorkshire Strategy 2021-24.
We are looking for an Executive Chair and Independent Scrutineer who will bring enthusiasm and commitment to safeguarding children. They will provide challenge and support to our statutory Local Authority, Integrated Care Service and Police partners, whilst ensuring all relevant organisations are safeguarding children and young people across the county. The independent scrutiny of our approach and practice to enable us to continue to build upon and develop our strong partnership arrangements is key.
We want the appointed Executive Chair and Independent Scrutineer to help us continue to review and affirm our arrangements in response to an ever-changing landscape. You will be welcomed into an environment where openness to change and improvement firmly exists. Safeguarding presents many challenges, many of which can be complex and demanding, however our strong partnership approach puts us in a good position to tackle what lays ahead. We have the desire to ensure our safeguarding practices remain robust, but we need to continually challenge and adapt.
The Council has a reputation for delivering high quality services and its’ children’s services are nationally recognised for their excellence, taking a national lead to spread best practice. With the benefit of strong partnership relationships, children’s services are committed to maintaining this reputation, demonstrating professional resilience, creativity and a 'can do' attitude in the face of challenging times.
As Executive Chair and Independent Scrutineer you have the opportunity to build on our reputation, practice and success providing you with the professional challenge and interest to further your professional career and impact.
If you can meet the challenge, then we would like to hear from you.
Stuart Carlton - Corporate Director, Children and Young People’s Service.
Following a consultation with the relevant agencies, it was agreed that the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements for North Yorkshire would be as set out in The Children and Social Work Act (2017) and Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2018).
This removed the statutory requirement for North Yorkshire to have a Local Safeguarding Children Board and instead, North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) undertakes the work formerly assumed by the North Yorkshire Children’s Trust and North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board. It includes three statutory safeguarding partners in North Yorkshire as follows:
- North Yorkshire County Council
- North Yorkshire Police
- North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups
The statutory function of our North Yorkshire Board is to co-ordinate and embed safeguarding practice within organisations across multi-sector, whilst also ensuring the effectiveness of practice and with the aim of ensuring all children in North Yorkshire are safe, happy, healthy and achieving.
It also provides independent scrutiny of practice, policy and procedures across the county, scrutinising and challenging to ensure practice is reviewed from all angles, seeking assurance to ensure all partners have adequate and robust safeguarding procedures.
The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (NSYCP) is a multi-agency partnership which includes members who represent the Local Authority, North Yorkshire Police, Health, Youth Justice, Probation, Ambulance, CAFCASS, NSPCC, Army Welfare and the Voluntary Sector. It provides independent scrutiny of practice, policy and procedures across the county, scrutinising and challenging to ensure practice is reviewed from all angles, seeking assurance to ensure all partners have adequate and robust safeguarding procedures.
In striving for effective multi-agency arrangements, the Executive Chair’s assurance of independent scrutiny is critical to providing judgment in the effectiveness of our local services to protect children. The role also assists NSYCP when there are differing views between partnership leaders responsible for protecting children. We are committed to having an environment conducive to robust scrutiny and constructive challenge.
Our partnership Executive meet bi monthly virtually with two NYSCP Strategic Group Meetings face to face with all relevant agencies.
Further information regarding the board is available www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk
We are easily accessible locally and nationally, via the eastcoast main line (2 hours from London or Edinburgh) and major road networks such as AIM.
The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Executive Chair & Independent Scrutineer Job Description (doc / 218 KB)
The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership is looking for an outstanding leader with extensive experience of child protection and safeguarding children and young people to take on the role of Executive Chair and Independent Scrutineer. You will ideally have experience of this at both an operational and strategic level. Whilst the partners are responsible for safeguarding, we require a chair who can credibly build partnerships within a safeguarding agenda and professionally develop independent scrutiny.
With a successful track record at executive level, you will have excellent knowledge and understanding of local and national safeguarding agendas including Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and legislation and research underpinning this work. Strong communication skills are essential as you will be required to represent the NSYCP locally, regionally and nationally, communicating effectively at all levels, being the ‘voice’ of the partnership. In addition, you will have experience of chairing complex professional and strategic meetings, a clear understanding of the ever-changing role of a local safeguarding children’s board, excellent leadership skills, a proven ability to think strategically and the ability to resolve issues through negotiation.
NSYCP has a wide representation and a high level of commitment from key statutory and third sector organisations in this large and rural county.
Period of Contract: Up to 4 years
Days: A minimum of 24 days per year (additional days to be negotiated to a maximum of 30).
Rates: £650 per day
Important Note: As the appointed person with be engaged an as independent contractor and not an employee, an employment status assessment will be completed to identify the correct status and tax determination following HMRC guidelines prior to engagement.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact our recruitment partners at The Resourcing Solution. Penny Keatings – Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk or Leanne Auton – Leanne.Auton@northyorks.gov.uk
North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. From its’ lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer. As a whole North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.
The natural beauty of the county is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture. The county features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK.
North Yorkshire is also one of the safest places to live in England and has extremely low crime rates. In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh is just two hours away by train.
There are great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.
How to apply:
To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one Word document (not pdf) to Leanne Auton – Leanne.Auton@northyorks.gov.uk by midnight on 5th October.
It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and name of place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current/most recent employer. You must indicate whether you provide us with the authority to contact each referee prior to the interview. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification below.
We will not accept applications from agencies.
This is a politically restricted post.
Find out more
Visit the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership website: http://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/
See the Partnership’s latest annual report: https://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/Resources/north-yorkshire-safeguarding-children-partnership-annual-report-2020-2021/
Working Together to Safeguard Children: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children--2
Being Young in North Yorkshire - NYSCP safeguardingchildren.co.uk
Closing Date: Midnight 5th October 2022
Assessment Event: 17th October 2022 (virtually)
Final Interview Date: 26th October 2022 (in-person at County Hall, Northallerton)