Independent Chair – Safeguarding & Reviewing Service

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GBP £48,252 to £49,203 48252




Children, Adults & Community Health


Children & Families Service

DBS Required


Contract Type

Permanent - Full Time

Closing date


The Safeguarding and Reviewing Service seeks to actively contribute to organisational learning through recognising and promoting best practice, supporting practice and service development where required, retaining a clear focus upon positive outcomes for children and families across the borough.  Hackney is proud of its organisational learning culture and finds innovative ways of engaging and facilitating change with young people and their families.

We currently have a vacancy for an Independent Chair in our well established Safeguarding and Reviewing team. Alongside chairing Child Protection Conferences and Looked after Reviews, our Independent Chairs provide safeguarding consultations.
We value systemic leadership and encourage devolved decision-making at all levels – with senior managers working alongside front-line staff. Our teams are given excellent development opportunities and are proud to become the first local authority to provide post-graduate qualifications.

We are seeking dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate individuals for this high performing service who will bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families. We seek workers who will advocate for and champion children’s rights throughout their practice.
You must hold a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) recognised social work qualification or equivalent and be an HCPC registered qualified social worker, with extensive post-qualifying experience.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud. 

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.
When applying, please review the attached document called ‘Guidance Notes for Applicants’ – this outlines the step by step guide to assist you in the application process.

The next stage of the recruitment process is to complete 3 x online tests. These will be sent to you within 3 days after the application closing date. The email you receive will be from the test site, Skills Arena. Please contact the recruitment team on 0208 356 8845 if you not receive online tests within 3 working days once the role is closed. Please do not contact us prior to the 3 working days.

Closing date for applications:    26th January 2020
Assessment / Interview Dates:  To be Advised

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.