Independent Chair – Safeguarding & Reviewing Service / Children & Families Service

Posted 25th Mar, 2024
£55,158 – £56,151
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
9th Apr, 2024
About the role

Hackney’s Children and Families Service is looking for an Independent Chair to undertake a busy role within the Safeguarding and Reviewing Service. This role provides an opportunity to further shape the quality assurance and practice across child protection and looked after children’s services.

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate worker, who will bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families, and who will have sound knowledge of services from the front door, through to long term work, and looked after children and care leavers.

About you

Candidates must have;

– a relevant professional social work degree or equivalent

– current registration with Social Work England

– significant post qualifying experience

– experience of managing and developing staff and best practice

– evidence of continuing professional development

About Hackney

Our vision is to make Hackney a place for everyone. Where all our residents, whatever their background, have a chance to lead healthy and successful lives; a place of which everyone can be proud, with excellent services and public spaces, thriving businesses, and strong communities; a place that celebrates diversity, and where everyone can feel valued, included, and involved.

It is an exciting time to be working in Hackney as we are embedding our practice model of Systemic, Trauma informed and Anti-Racist practice. We are an innovative borough where we collaborate to support change for the children and families we work for and for each other. You will change and develop while working in Hackney and we will be behind you every step of the way. So, why don't you find yourself in Hackney?

Our Offer To You

  • Retention bonus for social workers in Children in Need and Access and Assessment Services- £1500 every 6 months. 

  • Ad hoc parking permits available for social workers when required to use a vehicle for their role. 

  • We prioritise the development and growth of staff and have reviewed and updated our ASYE programme of support, to ensure a structured learning programme that understands the journey of the child and utilises protected time.

  • Celebration and appreciation opportunities including a World Social Work Week thank you event and our Coffee Connection networking events.

  • A dedicated Race Equality and Inclusion team working to embed active anti-racist practice and support staff’s anti-racism journey.

  • Monthly group supervision for collaboration and support when things feel stuck 

As well as our Council-wide benefits:

  • Generous holiday allowance – 27 days a year, rising to 32 after five years

  • Unrivalled pension scheme

  • Flexible working options

  • Family friendly policies

  • A range of discounts, including subsidised gym membership and local eating

  • Access to financial and season ticket loans

  • Health and wellbeing benefits, such as lunchtime fitness classes

  • A comprehensive training and development offer

  • We are a member of Cycle Scheme and offer free pool bikes

Email our recruitment team for more information on this role at