Independent Scrutiny Lead
This new role, hosted by Avon & Somerset Police and reporting to the Avon & Somerset Strategic Safeguarding Partnership, is focussed on how effective the leadership of our safeguarding system is.
Do you relish your independence when ensuring that robust and transparent scrutiny processes are in place? Are you then able to present your findings in a productive way to improve safeguarding outcomes?
Do you have the ability to influence and persuade partners who themselves may be affected by opportunities for organisational learning? Faced with a range of priorities, can you drive focus in order to get to the key issues which will tangibly improve the safeguarding system for our communities? Do you have a good and practised understanding of the statutory guidance on inter-agency working on safeguarding and Sir Alan Wood’s review of local safeguarding children partnerships?
Can you assimilate the considerable amounts of information and research on local and national issues in safeguarding, and be able to analyse and communicate it in a way that the Partnership can clearly understand and use it to improve our partnership arrangements? Can you coordinate and prepare for statutory inspections and reviews across the partnership, and support the implementation of any findings and recommendations?
Are you able to support and coordinate a network of scrutineers across the region, who will support you in your scrutiny activity?
This is initially advertised as a 12-month contract in order to establish the proof of concept. You will be expected to provide supporting evidence during this period in order to evaluate whether this role is providing the necessary rigour and scrutiny to the partnership structure across Avon & Somerset.
Can you bring to the role an understanding of the perspectives of the people we work with? Do you have life or professional experiences that gives you insight into how we can engage with those who need safeguarding more effectively?
Can you bring credibility through your personal or professional experience to the development of safeguarding in such a way that enables you to hear the very different and diverse voices of those the partnership works with? Can you bring those voices not represented on the partnership into our discussions and design of our work?
We believe it is crucial to improve the effectiveness of the safeguarding that our communities need, by enhancing our ability to understand the different lifestyles, beliefs, types of family and issues they face in society through the diversity of our leaders.
We are keen to meet all suitable applicants and we want to ensure that if you belong to a UK ethnic minority, are LGBT+, or have direct experience of what it is like to come from an economically deprived background you know that your application will be welcomed.
We want to meet you if you can bring empathy, an ability to manage people well and could foster strong partnerships with those agencies we work with, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the residents of the Avon & Somerset region.
To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 5 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years.
We are looking for people who share our values of caring, inclusive, courageous and learning.
To find out more about our Inclusive Culture
To enable us to deliver outstanding policing for everyone, we need people from all backgrounds with a range of professional and life experiences so that we are truly representative of our communities.
Why work for Avon and Somerset Police?
Avon and Somerset Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.
If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Avon and Somerset is the force for you.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Avon and Somerset Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.
All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.
All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.
Recruitment and Selection Policy
Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.
Police Barred and Advisory lists
Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.
Vetting and safeguarding
Avon and Somerset Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.
Apply today for the Independent Scrutiny Lead position.
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