Job Description

Body: Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 8
Remuneration: £400 per day for a maximum of 84 days per year
Time Requirements: 4 – 7 days per month

Campaign Timeline


  • Competition Launched: 08/03/2021

  • Closed for Applications: 09/04/2021 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift: 20/04/2021

  • Final Interview Date: 17th 18th 21st and 28th May 2021

  • Announcement: TBC



Assessment Panel

  • Laura Rawstorne

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Director, Serious Incidents, National Panel, and Safeguarding Partners Reform – Children’s Social Care • Departmental Official

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  • Annie Hudson

    Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel • Representative of Organisation

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  • Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE

    Chief Midwifery Officer & National Maternity Safety Champion NHS England and NHS Improvement • Independent Member

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  • Simon Bailey

    Chief Constable – Norfolk Police • Other Panel Member

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  • Jenny Coles

    Director of Children’s Services – Hertfordshire County Council • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

Members of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel are responsible for looking at serious child safeguarding cases notified to the Panel to determine whether learning could be identified through further analysis or a national review. Responsibilities include leading reviews, supervising fieldwork, undertaking analysis and other activity supporting the Panel’s remit. Lastly, members are responsible for supporting the dissemination of learning identified by the Panel to those involved in child safeguarding.


Person Specification

Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to: work collaboratively; critically analyse and synthesise evidence; draw on professional experience and knowledge in decision making; communicate effectively and confidently deal with difficult and sensitive situations.

The right candidate will also demonstrate a strong understanding of the multi-agency child safeguarding system.

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the essential criteria for this post.


  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a professional decision making committee or forum, constructively contributing to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values and generating options to reach consensus.
  • The ability to objectively and critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate evidence from diverse sources and identify key issues, learning and messages.
  • Being a skilled communicator and influencer, who can communicate their views or Panel messages concisely and clearly to others, including panel members, other professionals and stakeholders.
  • The ability and confidence to deal with difficult situations sensitively.
  • The ability and confidence to make and be accountable for impartial, effective and timely decisions using professional experience and knowledge.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how the child safeguarding system operates and the challenges the system faces.


How to Apply

The closing date for applications is Friday 9th April at 10.00am.

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  • A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper,  Arial size 12.
  • A CV.
  • Candidate application form.
  • Diversity form.

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at:


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