Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - Chair

Body: Department for Education
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £500 per day
Time Requirements: Six to eight days per month.


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

Annie Hudson has been appointed as Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. She will serve from 24 December 2020 for a period of 3 years.

Remuneration is £500 a day for a time commitment of 6 to 8 days per month.

Annie Hudson has declared the following interests:

Trustee of the Social Care Institute of Excellence and Oxfam
delivery partner for the Tackling Child Exploitation programme, being delivered jointly by Research in Practice, Children’s Society and University of Bedfordshire
Director of Annie Hudson Associates, which provides consultancy and advice services to local authorities and other organisations
on the Department for Education’s preferred supplier list for Children’s Social Care Improvement Advisors
She has not declared any political activity.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel is an independent panel commissioning reviews of serious child safeguarding cases. The panel want national and local reviews to focus on improving learning, professional practice and outcomes for children. The Chair is appointed by the Secretary of State for Education.

Date: 15/12/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    31/07/2020 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Outcomes communicated to applicants

    By end September 2020

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    December 2020


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The chair is responsible for leading and managing the Panel. They must lead development and implementation of a strategic vision for the Panel and ensure the reviews under their supervision identify improvements safeguarding partners or others should make to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Key Responsibilities

• To provide strategic leadership for the Panel, leading the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the Panel.

• To be ultimately responsible and accountable for the Panel’s work and conduct of its functions. This includes taking urgent decisions on behalf of the whole Panel when required.

• To ensure the Panel demonstrates the highest standards of integrity at all times, including ensuring the identification and management of any conflicts of interest which might arise.

• Chairing Panel meetings effectively so that objectives are met, ensuring that all members’ views are taken into account, and creating a culture of openness, debate and collaboration that maximises use of all members’ skills and experience.

• To ensure the ongoing effectiveness and development of the Panel and regularly evaluate the Panel’s effectiveness. This includes leading long-term planning for Panel membership and succession.

• To represent the Panel to the public, media and children’s social care and safeguarding sector.

• To build and maintain positive relationships with Multi-Agency Safeguarding Partners at both national and local level.

If you wish to speak to a colleague to find out more about the role, please contact   A colleague will then contact you to discuss the role.

Person Specification

Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to: provide strong strategic leadership; chair high level meetings; effectively manage team dynamics and maintain the confidence of others, including child safeguarding professionals, Ministers and the public.

The right candidate will also demonstrate a strong understanding of multi-agency child safeguarding arrangements, policy and frontline delivery.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of the following requirements of the post.

Essential Criteria

• The ability to provide strong strategic leadership to the Panel and guide the work of the independent secretariat, demonstrated by a significant record of achievement in senior leadership roles in a complex organisation.

• The ability to chair high level meetings, manage team dynamics and motivate team members effectively so that objectives are met and clear decisions made.

• The ability to think strategically and exercise sound independent judgement on complex and sensitive issues.

• The ability to analyse and interpret detailed information from a range of agencies involved in serious child safeguarding cases.

• Being a skilled communicator and influencer, who can use those skills to handle high-profile, sensitive issues and gain and keep the respect and confidence of others, including the child safeguarding sector, Ministers and the public.

• A strong understanding of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 31st July 2020 at 11.00am.

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  • A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper, Arial size 12. (Please note that anything exceeding this limit will not be considered by the Assessment Panel).
  • A CV.
  • Candidate application form.
  • Diversity form.

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at:

Please note the following:

  • we cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date;
  • applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided; please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested;
  • applications will be acknowledged upon receipt;
  • feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.


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