Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - Member

Body: Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 8
Remuneration: £400 per day for a maximum of 84 days per year
Time Requirements: 4 – 7 days per month


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

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: panellists
Jahnine Davis, Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, Peter Sidebotham, Dale Simon and Susan Tranter have been appointed to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. They will serve from 15 November 2021 for 4 years.

Sarah Elliott’s appointment to the panel has been extended from 15 November 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Remuneration is £400 a day for a maximum time commitment of 84 days per year.

Peter Sidebotham has declared the following interests and political activity:

member of the Association of Child Protection Professionals and the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health
member of the Green Party of England and Wales
Susan Tranter has declared the following interests:

Chief Executive of Edmonton Academy Trust
related to Ian Ferguson CBE, Non-Executive Director of the DfE
Trustee of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Jahnine Davis has declared the following interests:

founder and co-director of Listen Up Company, which is one of the suppliers on the panel’s pool of reviewers – a compliantly procured preferred supplier list supporting the panel to undertake their work
Safeguarding Trustee for:
Save the Children
an independent chair and author of Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews
Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent has declared the following interests:

Director of Special Projects, Coram
NExT Director on the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s Board
Trustee, St George’s Hospital Charity, London, UK
Director, MD Legal Consulting Ltd (registered in the UK)
Dale Simon and Sarah Elliott have not declared any interests or political activity.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel is an independent panel commissioning reviews of serious child safeguarding cases.

The panel wants national and local reviews to focus on improving learning, professional practice and outcomes for children. The panellists are appointed by the Secretary of State for Education.

Date: 19/11/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    09/04/2021 at 10:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Interview dates have been confirmed as 18th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd June

  • Announcement


Please note that, due to a high number of applications, the timeline for the competition has been amended. The panel are still considering the shortlist for interview and we will be in touch as soon as possible with the outcomes of all applications.


Assessment Panel

  • Laura Rawstorne

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Director, Serious Incidents, National Panel, and Safeguarding Partners Reform - Children’s Social Care • Departmental Official

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  • Annie Hudson

    Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel • Representative of Organisation

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  • Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE

    Chief Midwifery Officer & National Maternity Safety Champion NHS England and NHS Improvement • Independent Member

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  • Shaun Sawyer

    Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall • Other Panel Member

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  • Jenny Coles

    Director of Children’s Services - Hertfordshire County Council • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

Members of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel are responsible for looking at serious child safeguarding cases notified to the Panel to determine whether learning could be identified through further analysis or a national review. Responsibilities include leading reviews, supervising fieldwork, undertaking analysis and other activity supporting the Panel’s remit. Lastly, members are responsible for supporting the dissemination of learning identified by the Panel to those involved in child safeguarding.


Person Specification

Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to: work collaboratively; critically analyse and synthesise evidence; draw on professional experience and knowledge in decision making; communicate effectively and confidently deal with difficult and sensitive situations.

The right candidate will also demonstrate a strong understanding of the multi-agency child safeguarding system.

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


  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a professional decision making committee or forum, constructively contributing to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values and generating options to reach consensus.
  • The ability to objectively and critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate evidence from diverse sources and identify key issues, learning and messages.
  • Being a skilled communicator and influencer, who can communicate their views or Panel messages concisely and clearly to others, including panel members, other professionals and stakeholders.
  • The ability and confidence to deal with difficult situations sensitively.
  • The ability and confidence to make and be accountable for impartial, effective and timely decisions using professional experience and knowledge.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how the child safeguarding system operates and the challenges the system faces.


How to Apply

The closing date for applications is Friday 9th April at 10.00am.

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  • A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper,  Arial size 12.
  • 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:


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