Chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass)

Announced
Body: Ministry of Justice
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Charity & Public Sector
Location: The role is based in London, although the appointee could be located anywhere if willing to London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £400 per day
Time Requirements: 80 days a year

Announcement

An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 06/04/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    20/10/2017

  • Closed for Applications

    23/11/2017 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift

    12/01/2018

  • Final Interview Date

    23/02/2018

  • Announcement

    06/04/2018

Interview dates are 23 February and 8 March 2018

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The role of the Chair is to lead and direct the work of the Cafcass Board (including its various sub-committees), the purpose of which is to ensure probity in the conduct of Cafcass’ affairs, and that Cafcass’ policies and its strategic vision are compatible with those of the Secretary of State.

The Board is specifically responsible for:

  • Establishing and taking forward the strategic aims and objectives of Cafcass consistent with its overall strategic direction and within the policy and resources framework determined by the Secretary of State;
  • Ensuring that the responsible minister is kept informed of any changes or risks that are likely to impact on the strategic direction of Cafcass or on the attainability of its targets, and determining the steps needed to deal with such changes or risks;
  • Ensuring that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds are complied with; that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with the Department, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds; and that, in reaching decisions, the Board takes into account guidance issued by Department;
  • Ensuring that it receives and reviews regular financial information concerning the management of Cafcass; is informed in a timely manner of any concerns about the activities of Cafcass; and provides positive assurance to the Department that appropriate action has been taken on such concerns;
  • Demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times, including by using the Audit committee to help the Board to identity, address and manage key financial and other risks;
  • Ensuring Cafcass is compliant with appropriate adaptations of sections of Corporate Governance in Central Government Departments: Code of Good Practice;
  • Ensuring suitable business continuity arrangements are put into place and tested; and
  • Appointing a Chief Executive and, in consultation with the Department, setting performance objectives and remuneration terms linked to those objectives for the Chief Executive, which give due weight to the proper management and use of public resources.
  • Members of the Board may be called upon to chair various Cafcass working groups that are charged with developing strategies for priority areas, or to take on lead roles for specific issue.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

  • An understanding, or willingness and commitment to quickly acquire an understanding, of the family justice system and children’s services (including child safeguarding agenda, children’s social and court work) plus the capacity to promote better outcomes for children;
  • Experience of effective corporate governance, financial management (not necessarily as a professionally qualified person), and an understanding of the strategic contribution technology can make to improving working practices gained through working at a senior level, either nationally or regionally, in the public, private or voluntary sectors;
  • Evidence of sound judgement, customer focus and exceptional communication skills with the ability to command respect and establish credibility and act as an ambassador for the organisation;
  • Evidence of effective working as a member of a team, with the ability to ensure full stakeholder engagement and the ability to secure the commitment of other key organisations, agencies and individuals to work together to achieve shared goals; and
  • Evidence of valuing and promoting diversity.

Desirable criteria

Experience in leading, managing and embedding change within an organisation.

Additional Information

As part of the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates will have an Informal discussion with a small number of Family Justice Young Person Board (FJYPB) members before the interview.

Closing date 17 November 2017

Please quote reft number PAT150035

How to Apply

To make an application, please send:

  • A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address.
  • A supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post, including evidence of leadership qualities and a vision for the organisation. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from Advisory Assessment Panels indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity.

Supporting Documents

Please also complete and return the following supporting documents:

  • potential conflicts of interest: You should declare any actual or potential conflict of interest. The Advisory Assessment Panel may wish to explore these further with you if you are shortlisted for interview. Conflicts might arise from a variety of sources such as financial interests or share ownership, membership of, or association with, particular bodies or the activities of relatives or partners. If you need further advice, please contact Amira Aufogul at PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gsi.gov.uk.
  • note of public appointments – please list any appointments currently held;
  • referee details – please give names/contact details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
  • the political activity declaration form – in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments, details of any declared activity will be made public if you are appointed; and
  • the equal opportunities monitoring form – information is requested for monitoring purposes only and plays no part in the selection process. It will be kept confidentially and will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel.

Please send your CV, supporting letter and supporting documents to: PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gsi.gov.uk. We will acknowledge receipt.

Attachments
Supporting documents (2017-june 17)
Chair-Candidate-Information-Pack-30-October-2017
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