Member of the Independent Family Returns Panel
|Appointing Department:||Home Office|
|Sectors:||Communities, Education, Regulation|
|Location:||Flexible within the United Kingdom. However, the successful candidate will be required to attend meetings at Home Office Headquarters in Central London on occasion.|
|Skills required:||Audit and Risk, Communication / Media / Marketing, Legal / Judicial, Regulation|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Remuneration:||The role is remunerated at £200 per day, based on an expected time commitment of one day per fortnight.|
|Time Requirements:||3 years|
Closed for Applications
W/C 26 September 2022
Final Interview Date
W/C 24 October 2022
Deputy Director, Public Protection Unit, Public Safety Group • Departmental Official
Chair of the IFRP • Representative of Organisation
Richard Childs QPM
Do you want to play a leading role in advising the Home Office on how to best safeguard children’s welfare?
As a member of the Independent Family Returns Panel (‘the Panel’) you will contribute to the operation and output of the Panel that provides independent case-by-case advice to the Home Office on how to best safeguard children’s welfare during a family’s enforced return. The advice provided by the Panel helps to ensure that individual family return plans take full account of the welfare of the children involved, and therefore meeting the Home Office’s statutory child safeguarding duty.
To complement its existing members, we are seeking one new panel member with a law enforcement background.
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. We are seeking candidates with 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.
There is a high level of interest in family returns, so the ability to remain independent in an environment of regular scrutiny by the media, the public, and others is a key element of the role.
This appointment will be for an initial period of three years.
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
- Experience of working in the public protection / safeguarding area within the Police.
- 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.
- 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.
Part Two – Knowledge, Skills and Attribute
- 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.
The successful candidates will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level. It usually takes between 4-5 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidate has passed all checks. The successful candidate will be encouraged to take up this appointment as soon as possible, subject to the successful completion of all pre-appointment checks.
How to Apply
The closing date for applications is 23:00, 12 September 2022.
Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:
- A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
- A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.
- Please complete and return via email the form at Annex B Supporting Document, relating to conflicts of interest.
- In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link
www.apply-for-public-appointment.service.gov.uk for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.
Please include the heading (Members, Independent Family Returns Panel) in the subject box.
Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments (and note that short-listed candidates will also be required to complete and return a separate form in relation to referees and nationality).
Please note the following:
- We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
- Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
- Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
- Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.
If you have any queries about this role, please contact Moses Hutchinson-Pascal at: Moses.Hutchinsonfirstname.lastname@example.org
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