Independent Family Returns Panel members

Independent Family Returns Panel members

Location: Flexible within the United Kingdom as most of the work is by telephone conference. You will be required to attend quarterly or more regular meetings at Home Office Headquarters in Central London.

Time commitment: The expected time commitment is one day per fortnight.

Remuneration: £200 per day


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 compliment its existing members, the IFRP is seeking up to six new 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.

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.

For further information and details of how to apply, please click on the apply button to visit our website.

Closing date: midnight on 11 March 2018.

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