What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care


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    Not for Profit

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  • Expiry date

    26 April 2021

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    What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care

Ref: GSe71714

What Works for Children’s Social Care has a compelling mission to dramatically increase the quality and quantity of research in children’s social care to enable social workers, systems leaders and policymakers to make evidence-informed decisions that impact on the lives of young people every day.  A young charity, incorporated in April 2021 following a period of incubation inside Nesta, the UK’s innovation charity, we harness the innovation and potential for change taking place across the sector and build the evidence on what works, for whom, where and why.

Our Founding Chair, Sir Alan Wood leaves us in March 2021. We are therefore seeking our next Chair to steer the organisation through our next phase of growth as a policy ‘start up’ with ambitious goals.

The Chair will be an established leader who brings credibility within the sector.  Leading a high-performing board, you will have a strong understanding of the context in which Children’s Social Care is delivered and the broader agenda around evidence-based policy and practice in public services. A skilled and credible relationship-builder with strong stakeholder engagement skills, you will be able to play a significant role in securing sustainable funding partnerships.  Above all, you will be passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people and committed to making a positive impact on how our profession supports the 700,000 children, young people and their families who have contact with the children’s social care sector each year.

What Works for Children’s Social Care is committed to building a diverse and inclusive Board to better represent the communities we serve. We encourage applications from everyone, regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, race, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, and marriage and civil partnerships and all our appointments are based on merit.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Elise Kanareck on 020 7426 3370, Joanna Thornton on 07384 258626 or Nancy Scott on 07984 172291.  The closing date is Monday 12th April 2021 at 10 am.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Monday 12th April 2021 at 10am

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
End of w/c 19th April and w/c 26th April 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.