Job Description

About the role:

Working closely with the Safeguarding Lead Trustee, and RMS executives accountable for the quality of services, the Independent Scrutineer will scrutinise the workings of the RMS safeguarding procedures, practices, policies and operation of the Safeguarding Panel meetings, assuming the Chair role of that Panel. In doing so, they will provide oversight of the development and monitoring of the charity’s safeguarding arrangements, providing independent assurance to the DSIC and the Board of Trustees.

The Independent Scrutineer will hold this post for a term of three years, subject to review by the board on each anniversary of the appointment. The non-executive role will be paid a day rate of £415 per day. We are looking for this individual to be able to commit at least 2-3 days per month. This is a homebased role with regular travel to the charity’s locations.

The Independent Scrutineer, an individual not otherwise connected with RMS, will be a co-opted member of RMS’ Delivery and Strategic Impact Committee (DSIC), a board sub-committee. A copy of the Terms of Reference for this sub-committee are available on request. The DSIC monitors delivery of RMS’ services, programmes and other customer facing activities assessing their impact, quality, safety and performance against objectives and strategy. This would incorporate safeguarding. This sub-committee and the RMS board will also receive reports and assessments from the Independent Scrutineer.

The charity values a diverse and inclusive workplace and intentionally plan for the success of colleagues in everything they do. They welcome applications from everyone, so come as you are and join the team!

Some of the role responsibilities:

  • Model, lead and facilitate an open, positive and professional culture of safeguarding that champions person-centred safeguarding for the people we support and others who receive the services.
  • Ensure reviews of serious incidents are followed up across the organisation, with lessons learnt.
  • To chair the Safeguarding Panel meetings which meets at least 4 times per year.
  • Consider how Safeguarding panel meetings can appropriately include attendance from people with a learning disability, relatives and external people/experts as members
  • Oversee and ensure that trustee’s receive appropriate advice on RMS’s safeguarding policies; to monitor compliance with them and crucially ensure RMS is making safeguarding person for adults and offering appropriate safeguarding to children and young people
  • Champion best practice in safeguarding across the organisation by familiarising themselves with RMS’s programmes and services through visits and how they are experienced by people with a learning disability
  • Present the annual safeguarding report to DSIC and the Board and where required undertake presentations to the Board of trustees on an annual basis

Person Specification:


  • Knowledge of and experience of learning disability
  • Proven experience of safeguarding practice
  • Understanding of social care legislation
  • Understanding of regulatory and inspection frameworks for education and social care
  • Professional creditability
  • Experience of chairing committees or multi-agency/disciplinary meetings
  • A clear understanding of making safeguard personal
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with colleagues
  • Confident presenter and speaker
  • Ability to write effective reports
  • Ability to positively engage with a wide audience
  • Good attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to interpret data


  • Keeping Children Safe under the education legislation
  • Understanding of charity sector
  • Social work, health, police or other relevant qualification

If you feel that this role is for you, please apply with a full and up to date CV that demonstrates how you meet the Person Specification and why you want to hold this vital governance role.
We would also like a supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you are the person to take this role and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria.

This role will be closing for shortlisting on Sunday 26th February at 9pm; with interviews taking place the week commencing Monday 6th March.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and welcome applicants with disabilities to apply for all roles with us. To find out more about the scheme please visit the direct gov website.

Please note: This role is being advertised by NFP People on behalf of the organisation.

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