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Independent Chair of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Panel - Church Of England

London, Remote
£600 day rate on a consultancy basis plus expenses
Closing on 29 June 2024

The National Safeguarding Panel (NSP) continues to operate, necessitating a chair. However, both the chair’s role and that of the NSP may evolve due to the Church’s upcoming decisions regarding safeguarding, prompted by Wilkinson and Jay

We are working in partnership with the The National Safeguarding Panel (NSP) which was established in June 2014 to support the Church of England’s development of national safeguarding responses, notably in the light of the Chichester Reports. The NSP is an advisory group which has performed a key role in providing reference to, and scrutiny of, the Church’s development of national safeguarding policy and guidance over the last three years. 

The NSP is looking to appoint an experienced independent Chair who will lead the National Safeguarding Panel, provide excellent leadership, direction and independent scrutiny and challenge to the Church of England and bring external expertise from holding a highly senior role. 

They are looking for an independent chair who:

  • Is a gifted leader, who will support the Church of England in further strengthening its safeguarding arrangements and partnerships;
  • Is passionate about working collaboratively at all levels, with a proven track record in improvement work at a national level;
  • Knows how to hold organisations to account and possesses the skills to support the development of senior leaders;
  • Has a good understanding and experience of the core aspects of safeguarding in the field of statutory and/or voluntary sector at a senior level;
  • Is empathetic, strategic, emotional and has analytical skills, and able to act as a ‘critical friend’ in supporting and challenging people and institutions to help improve their safeguarding practice and arrangements;
  • has a relevant academic or professional qualification.

The successful candidate will have safeguarding expertise, with a natural empathy for the needs and experiences of children and/or adults who have been abused.  You will be a senior leader, with excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.   

Please note: Experience of church structures and practices, either professionally or personally, are neither a barrier or a qualification required for this role. However, the candidate must be in sympathy with the aims and work of the Church of England 

For more information, please contact Sandra Smith, Associate Director, Charisma Charity Recruitment. Applications should include your CV and supporting statement each of which should not exceed 2 A4 pages. 

We welcome and encourage applications from prospective candidates of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

Commitment: Up to 30 days per year and for an initial period of up to 2 years (subject to an annual review). 

Closing date for applications: 29th June 2024

Client Interview date: 16th July 2024 in London     

Sandra Smith
Associate Director
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