Chair of Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership

Salford City Council


Ref: GSe86440

This is Salford’s time! We are changing and have ambitious plans for our modern global City, where our workforce can collectively make a real difference to the lives of local people. The Council is people centered and values based which makes Salford a really great place to work. With a proactive culture and can-do approach, we embrace innovation and nurture great talent. We think differently here, and our employees are at the heart of how we do things, so having an informed, engaged and motivated workforce is vital. And that is where you come in.

Salford is a good authority with strong and supportive multi-agency partnership working. People are proud to work in Salford. We are committed to recognising good practice and to continuously improve outcomes for Children.

The role of Independent Chair requires an outstanding individual with enthusiasm, commitment and determination to drive forward the children’s safeguarding agenda in Salford. The successful candidate will have experience of leading and managing in a large public, independent or voluntary sector organisation at a senior level, proven experience of chairing complex partnership meetings and have extensive knowledge and experience of applying the legislation and guidance in relation to safeguarding children.

Your style and approach will reflect our values: you will be passionate about what you do, always striving to improve things; valuing and respecting others’ contribution, you will work together to deliver a better service; you will take pride in always getting things right first time and continually learn from past experiences; you will enjoy taking personal responsibility to resolve issues and change what you do and how you do it to make a difference.

We are seeking someone who is passionate about children and young people, who has the confidence to work independently to provide constructive challenge to improve outcomes. You actively promote engagement with children and young people, their families, and advocates, to ensure their voices are heard and acted upon within the SSCP’s work.

The Role

The Children Act (2004) and as amended by Children and Social Work Act (2017) requires the three safeguarding partners to have a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area.  Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) has set out the arrangements for an independent scrutiny function, which should provide the critical challenge and appraisal of the multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.  The role of Chair/ Scrutineer will be independent of the Safeguarding Partnership. 

The Independent Chair/ Scrutineer is accountable to the strategic leads appointed by the three safeguarding partners and will provide scrutiny, challenge and seek assurance from partners on the effectiveness of the child safeguarding arrangements across Salford. This will include arrangements to identify and review serious child safeguarding cases. The Independent Chair/ Scrutineer will consider and as necessary, report upon how effectively the arrangements are working for children and families at risk, practitioners and how well the safeguarding partners are providing strong and effective leadership.

It is anticipated that this role will require the post holder to undertake on average 2 days per month, however, there would need to be a degree of flexibility. The specific commitment required can be agreed as part of the appointment process and is open to negotiation.

The Employer

In return we can offer:

• A well-motivated and energetic team backed up by a dedicated support team.
• Solid Management Support
• Full Induction Programme
• Not to mention the satisfaction you'll gain from making a real difference to safeguarding children in Salford.

Salford City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The day rate for this appointment is £500, with a commitment of 22 days per year.

Please note, for the Independent Chair/ Scrutineer role, IR35 rules apply to this appointment. Payments will be made through payroll and tax and NI deductions will be made at source via PAYE in line with current HMRC guidelines.

The successful applicant will need to ensure they have Professional Indemnity Insurance in place.

This post is subject to a DBS check, the cost of which will be reimbursed. Please be aware overseas checks will be required if you have lived or worked abroad continuously or in total for 3 months or more over the last 5 years, or 12 months or more over the last 10 years, whilst aged 16 or over.

We are a Covid-safe organisation and you will have an individual risk assessment when you join the organisation to ensure we effectively support your health and wellbeing.  

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
13th June 2022

Longlist meeting
14th June 2022

Preliminary interviews
w/c 20th or 27th June 2022

Final Interviews
18th July 2022

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email


Philip Emms: 07590 225 472
Alex Hayes: 0113 205 6109