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Safeguarding and Reviewing Chair RBKC34290

Job Summary:

Salary Range: £38,800 - £52,600 per annum
Work Location: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
Hours per week: 36 
Contract type: Permanent 
DBS check: Enhanced 
Closing date: 31 August 2020
Contact details for an informal discussion: Sarah Mangold, Interim Service Manager for Safeguarding on 07590 808142 or via email on sarah.mangold@rbkc.gov.uk

About Us:

Working as part of our children’s services will provide a challenging and rewarding career. We have high ambitions for the children and young people of Kensington and Chelsea. Our services, which include education, children and families, early help and safeguarding, have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and our drive to be the best doesn’t stop there.  By working with us, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to young people in one of the world’s most diverse cities.

If you would like to play a part in this unique team, please take a look at the vacancy below. 

The Role:

In a team where ideas are always welcome and caseloads are manageable, you will play an integral part in our safeguarding capabilities. 

We are proud of the excellent work that our Safeguarding Team is doing. We commenced a new pilot last year for our conferencing service which aims to offer families a more inclusive and less negative experience of the child protection process. This involves greater planning and preparation prior to the conference, alongside our systemic clinicians, in order to maximise engagement with families and improve safeguarding for our vulnerable children. 

The CP Conference Chair will be expected to assess and make complex decisions about the safeguarding of vulnerable children using traditional policy and procedure, alongside our successful systemic practice model.  This will require you to support further development of our innovative CP conferencing process which ensures families do not experience them as contexts for public shaming and judgment.

Our CP Chairs appreciate and understand that the effective assessment and management of risk is informed by the relationships of trust and dialogue that we create with families. Forming relationships of influence mean that we can support families to change and you will encourage all conferences to be seen as an opportunity for a well planned social work intervention across a family-professional system which increases safety for vulnerable children.


You will be expected to chair Child Protection Conferences in collaboration with key partners, to share knowledge and ensure a purposeful and inclusive conference. Providing expert advice on child protection issues, you will support a range of professionals including Service Managers, Senior Practitioners and Social Workers. 

You will participate in the quality assurance function of the role, undertaking audits, monitoring child protection plans, ensuring appropriate thresholds and overseeing good practice.

You will chair complex strategy and child in need meetings, and you will be involved in the L.A.D.O. duty rota, taking responsibility for a small number of cases. 

You may also be required to chair Looked After Children review, as and when the need arises.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information. 

About You:

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills.  As an HCPC registered Social Worker with previous experience of both safeguarding and chairing child protection conferences, you will have a significant background in child protection settings, with a solid knowledge of working with Looked After Children. 

Bringing influential leadership skills to the role, you will have good verbal and written communication skills, and you will enjoy building sustainable relationships with key partners, and training colleagues to ensure expertise is being used to best effect.   

An understanding of, or qualification in Systemic Practice is desirable. A commitment to the way we work and our systemic model is vital.

You should be comfortable working quickly and efficiently in a high-pressure environment. 

You will be IT literate, and you will demonstrate meticulous attention to detail.   

The Council and its partners are committed to achieving diverse shortlists for all vacancies to support our desire to increase the number of staff from under-represented groups in our workforce. 

Role Requirements:
  • To chair child protection conferences, and Looked After Children reviews when required
  • To chair complex strategy meetings
  • To provide safeguarding advice to social work staff and partners
  • To contribute to the Lado service
  • To undertake quality assurance work 


We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.


We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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