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Independent Chair

Job Reference Ref/233/641

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Contract Type:
Full Time
Contract Details:
Salary Range :
£46,285 - £49,620 (pro-rata)
Working Hours:
Wisbech, Huntingdon and Cambridge
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Job Category:
Social Care - Children
Cambridgeshire County Council

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits. Benefits include:

  • Flexible and creative working arrangements, including agile working
  • Generous annual leave entitlement and flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme

As a Public Sector organisation, we are all about providing continuity and stability for both our employees and residents, especially in these challenging times when it is needed most.

About the role

Cambridgeshire County Council are recruiting permanent Independent Chairs.

Independent Chairs work within Safeguarding and Quality Assurance and are responsible for chairing statutory Child in Care Reviews (in the role of Independent Reviewing Officer) and Child Protection Conferences.  

This post-holder will need to have the skills and expertise to manage a caseload of children in care and children subject to a child protection plan depending on the need of the service. 

The role requires a social work qualification with at least 5 years post qualifying experience in the field of social work with children. As an Independent Chair, you will be asked to chair multi-agency Conferences and Reviews and will take the lead in ensuring the plans for children are SMART.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact:

Olly Grant Service Manager on 07787 837944.

Marie Saunders Service Manager on 07949 529627.

What will you be doing?

Your work will involve developing relationships with children and their families, ensuring that the child’s voice is central to the planning. You will also need to have the skills to communicate effectively with the multi-agency network, and the confidence to escalate any issues of drift or delay directly to senior managers where necessary.
This post requires an agile worker who is flexible, adaptable, and able to travel to meetings both in and out of county. The office base of the post-holder is negotiable as the service has bases in Wisbech, Huntingdon and Cambridge.

You will be supported in your role through regular 1:1 supervision and monthly team meetings.  

About you

We're looking for confident and dynamic individuals who enjoy making a difference in their local community, are curious and spot things that others might not see, enjoys building relationships and likes to explore possibilities.

You must:

  • Be a qualified Social Worker with a Social Work England registration
  • Have the ability to work from a variety of locations and travel countywide independently

For a full list of the requirements of the role, please check out the Job Description & Person Specification.

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we believe benefits our employees, the organisation and our communities. 

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.


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