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Independent Chair and Scrutineer of the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board

Bracknell Forest Council
£650 per day
Bracknell Forest
Working Pattern:
Part Time
30 days per year.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
26/09/2019 at 12:00 PM
Bracknell Forest Council


 Independent Chair and Scrutineer of the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board

Employer: Self Employed

Closing on: 12 noon 26th September 2019

Interview Date: 14th October 2019

Contract Start date: To be confirmed

Working Pattern: 1 year contract for services (extendable)

Hours: 30 days per annum

Salary: £650 per day

DBS Check: Enhanced

Location: Bracknell Forest


Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board is seeking a highly effective independent chair and scrutineer. This role requires an outstanding individual with proven experience of chairing complex meetings at a senior level, particularly in partnership settings, and who has a good operational and strategic understanding of the safeguarding agenda.

Bracknell Forest multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

New multi-agency safeguarding arrangements are being introduced in Bracknell Forest which incorporate a whole-system approach to safeguarding adults and children. The safeguarding partners are establishing a single, all-age Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board, bringing together the statutory partners at senior level. A combined adult and children Safeguarding Partnership will support the Board, with a number of sub groups and task and finish groups commissioned by the Board to support its strategic plan.

The role of the Independent Chair and Scrutineer (ICS).

Central to the new approach will be the work of the Independent Chair and Scrutineer (ICS). This role will play an important part in supporting the strategic work of the Board and that of the Safeguarding Partnership. The ICS will work with the Board’s Business Unit to provide independent scrutiny and ensure that the new arrangements make a real difference to the safety and wellbeing of children and adults at risk.

If you are an experienced senior leader with an in-depth knowledge of safeguarding, and a clear commitment to work collaboratively with partners to improve outcomes for adults at risk of abuse and/or neglect, we would like to hear from you.

As Chair you will be accountable to the three statutory partners for ensuring that the multi-agency safeguarding arrangements have a distinct, independent and objective voice, representing the views of all partners, driving improvements, and ensuring independent challenge to partners where necessary.

You will also facilitate independent scrutiny to provide assurance in judging the effectiveness of multi-agency arrangements to safeguard children and adults in Bracknell Forest.  You will work with the Business Unit to determine the activities necessary to assure the Board about the quality of local arrangements.

You will help focus the work of sub group meetings, task and finish group meetings and will support the development of quality assurance to include oversight of partners’ learning and development activities.  You will have access to any papers from those meetings or activities. 

You will have extensive experience in chairing strategic partnerships and an excellent knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults, as well as the ability to inspire trust and confidence of senior professionals across a range of agencies.

You will be professionally qualified in Health/Social Care, Education, Criminal Justice or Legal services with a clear vision, strong leadership skills and clearly demonstrable communication, mediation and negotiation skills, both with professionals and the public.

The successful candidate will provide the services as detailed in the job description and specification document. The contract term is for one year with an option to extend further, subject to satisfactory appraisal. The HM Revenue and Customs ‘off-payroll work rule’ (IR35) will apply the role of the ICS. As a result, to comply with these regulations payments will be processed via PAYE payroll with associated tax and national insurance deductions at source. 

Equal Opportunities

Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

Candidates are required to submit their CV and a supporting personal statement setting out their suitability against the person specification, how they satisfy the requirements of the role and why they are interested in the position. It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment), education history (qualification and dates) and 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 interview. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying for this role, as well as how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification. Your personal statement should be no longer than 2 sides of A4.

Candidates are required to submit their CV together with a supporting statement to BFSB@bracknell-forest.gov.uk. by 12 noon on Thursday 26th September 2019.

Supporting Information

Job Description and Person Specification

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, or if you have issues regarding the application process, please contact either:

Jonathan Picken jonathan.picken@bracknell-forest.gov.uk 01344 354012 or

Dave Phillips dave.phillips@bracknell-forest.gov.uk 01344 351696

Whilst Bracknell Forest Council is supporting the recruitment of the ICS the successful applicant will operate independently on behalf of Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 26th September 2019.

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