Aug 242019

Chair - The Independent Family Returns Panel

Recruiter: Home Office
Location: Flexible within the United Kingdom.
Salary: Remuneration: £500 per day
Posted: 23 Aug 2019
Closes: 06 Sep 2019
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public, Central Government

Chair of The Independent Family Returns Panel

Location: Flexible within the United Kingdom. However, the successful candidate will be required to attend regular meetings at Home Office Headquarters in Central London.

Remuneration: £500 per day

Time commitment: 1-2 days per week

Do you want to play a leading role in advising the Home Office on how to best safeguard children’s welfare?

As Chair of the Independent Family Returns Panel (‘the Panel’) you will oversee 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.

The Chair has overall accountability for the decisions taken by the Panel and is responsible for providing effective leadership to deliver the safeguarding objectives of the family returns policy, and to manage the Panel’s operation to ensure the necessary level of safeguarding of children’s interests are met.

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. As is the ability to secure and retain the confidence of Government Ministers and a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.

We are seeking candidates who possess a successful track record of leading social welfare or children’s safeguarding issues in the public, private, or voluntary sector. Candidates should also have or be able to demonstrate evidence of strong leadership skills, and be able to write detailed reports and provide workable recommendations. As such, strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential.

This appointment will be for an initial period of three years.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following by 23:00 on 30 September 2019:

  • A comprehensive CV 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.

In addition, please also complete and return via email the forms at Annex A, relating to referees, diversity, nationality, political activity and conflicts of interest.

Completed applications should be emailed to


This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Closing date: 23:00 hrs on Monday 30 September 2019.

We encourage a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

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