Body: Independent Family Returns Panel (IFRP)
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Communities, Education, Health and Social Care, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Flexible within the United Kingdom
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Communication / Media / Marketing, Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: £200 per day, based on an expected time commitment of one day per fortnight
Time Requirements: An expected time commitment of one day per fortnight


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    30 April, 1 May and 2 May 2018

  • Announcement


Shortlist meeting is expected to take place on 22 March 2018. Interviews are expected to take place on 30 April, 1 and 2 May 2018.


Assessment Panel

  • Dr Hilary Emery Added 15/02/2018

    Panel Chair

    Board Director, Eynsham Partnership Academy Trust of schools • Independent Member

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  • Paul Greenhalgh Added 15/02/2018

    Chair of the IFRP • Representative of Organisation

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  • Cecilia French Added 15/02/2018

    Interim Director of Safeguarding, Home Office • Departmental Official

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Vacancy Description

To compliment its existing members, the IFRP is seeking up to six new IFRP members with demonstrable expertise in one, or more, of the following areas from a safeguarding perspective:

• general medicine; general practitioner and/or port doctor;
• psychiatrist or senior practitioner with mental health background;
• children’s social care management;
• police management;
• headteacher or former headteacher; and
• any other relevant safeguarding expertise from voluntary, public or private sectors.

All members will need to possess excellent communication and influencing skills, the ability to work collaboratively with other members, and to constructively contribute to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions to reach consensus

Key Responsibilities:

Members are appointed as individuals to fulfil the role of the IFRP and have a duty to act in the public interest. Members are not appointed as representatives of their particular profession, employer or interest group.

Members are responsible for:

• be committed to the safe return of families with no right to be in the UK;

• attend and contribute to Panel meetings;

• contribute towards Panel reports;

• examine and challenge, if necessary, the assumptions on which family returns plans are drawn up;

• deal with cases in a confidential manner, handling information in line with government security classifications; and

• acting in the public interest in accordance with the Seven Principles of Public Life –

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the criteria listed in Part Two.

Part One – Essential Criteria

Skills, abilities and experience

• The ability to bring from their respective areas of expertise, authority, knowledge, and breadth to a complex issue of public interest and importance, and specifically to apply professional expertise to the welfare and safeguarding needs of families

• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with Panel members and stakeholders in a multi-professional environment, and to actively and constructively contribute to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and generating options to reach consensus.

• The confidence to deal with difficult situations sensitively, and to take and be accountable for decisions.

• An appreciation of equality and diversity and a willingness to champion difference.

• Evidence of working successfully in a professional, community or voluntary capacity on committees or other decision-making groups, and reaching impactful and timely conclusions.

• If you are a Doctor, you must be registered with the General Medical Council.


• Experience of working with children and families from diverse communities and backgrounds and in challenging contexts.

• Experience and understanding of the immigration and asylum system, especially where it affects children and families.

Appointment Part Two – Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Personal qualities

• The ability to recognise and draw appropriately on professional expertise with self-awareness.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, having the ability to listen, work effectively with and gain the trust of staff within the organisation and with external stakeholders.

• Personal integrity and the ability to demonstrate authority, commitment, and consistency.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to SC level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions.

How to Apply

For further information and details on how to apply, please see the recruitment information pack and supporting documentation form attached.

Completed applications comprising CV, supporting statement, and supporting documentation form Annex A, should be emailed to:

2018 - Annex A - Supporting Documentation - IFRP
180214 - IFRP Members - Candidate Pack FINAL
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