Chair, Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board

Body: Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: Could be based anywhere in the UK, but will require regular travel to central London, with possible occasional travel to other locations.
Skills required: Change Management
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £550 per day
Time Requirements: Time commitment may vary depending on the work programme, but will be up to 40 days a year.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    11/09/2020 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift

    15th September

  • Final Interview Date

    7th October

  • Announcement

    To be confirmed - by end October

Competition extended by two weeks to 11th September at 10.00am.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Role Description

  • Proactively shaping and driving forward the strategic agenda of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB) by:
    • ensuring that the ASGLB operates as an effective and efficient mechanism for reforming adoption and special guardianship services in England, liaising with other Children’s Services leaders as appropriate;
    • providing critical challenge and support to sector leaders to ensure a high performing and efficient system;
    • ensuring the ASGLB delivers its aims and objectives, including through swift, corrective action where necessary;
    • ensuring join up where appropriate with other Boards, such as the Family Justice Board.
  • Acting as figurehead for the ASGLB and a champion for adoption and special guardianship, representing it to a range of stakeholders including the media; and ensuring transparent communications to the public.
  • Providing strong leadership to the ASGLB including through effective Chairing of meetings.
  • Reporting to the Secretary of State for Education at agreed intervals on the ASGLB’s progress and latest trends and issues facing the adoption system; and advising on any changes needed to its focus.


Person Specification

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. In your covering letter you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following requirements of the post.  For those invited for interview, your responses will be further developed and discussed.

  • Ability to provide strategic leadership at national level, including influencing Government policies and programmes.
  • Track record in influencing and gaining commitment from senior leaders in a complex political environment.
  • Ability to drive action and deliver performance improvement in adoption and special guardianship services, including through the use of data and evidence.
  • Strong Chairing skills and proven ability to build consensus amongst board members, including through conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge of the care system and in particular adoption and special guardianship services in England and an understanding of those people affected by the system.
  • Ability to act as a public figurehead, with proven ability to convey complex and sensitive messages simply and to a range of audiences including media.


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