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Community Board Member Vacancy

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board is seeking a new Community Board Member to join the Board

This is an exciting opportunity for a member of Oxfordshire’s community to join our safeguarding children partnership. The Board has some big safeguarding issues to tackle: neglect, child exploitation and keeping children safe in education. As a partnership we are committed to keeping children at the centre of our work and are looking for a leader that will help us to do this as we improve our practice.

There are two Community Board Members. The new appointee will be supported in their role by their counterpart and the OSCB Business Unit. Our current Community Board Member has told us:  ‘I always feel that the Board members take my contributions seriously and really value the role played by Community Board members’. 

They will attend 4-6 Full Board meetings a year, which are currently held online.  They will need to have an ability to communicate effectively within meetings as well as the confidence to ask questions and constructively challenge the views and assumptions of senior professionals. The candidate should have an awareness of and commitment to equality and diversity. Importantly, they should be able to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the circumstances and local protocols.

To fulfil the role it is essential that they have experience or significant knowledge of child protection or safeguarding issues and a commitment to improving safeguarding outcomes for children and young people.

Ideally they would have an understanding of working with children or young people but this does not necessarily mean a professional qualification.

Community Board Member Job Summary and Person Specification

In its commitment to equality and diversity the Board is keen to invite applicants from a broad range of backgrounds.   Any individuals wishing to discuss the role may contact the OSCB on 01865 815843 to make an appointment to speak with the Board Chair. Applicants should apply for this three-year post in the form of a letter clearly stating why they think they meet the criteria for the role. They are also requested to submit their CV. This role will require them to have a DBS check.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th April 2021 Successful candidates will be invited to a round of interviews with a number of panels comprising young people, and Board members and Independent Chair.

We intend to hold interviews on Tuesday 11th May 2021 between 1 and 5pm.

Applications made by individuals should be returned to oscb@oxfordshire.gov.uk