The Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough is seeking an individual to take over the role of Independent Chair of the Middlesbrough Safeguarding Commission.

The commission provides independent oversight of all safeguarding matters that impact on the diocese and aligned religious orders. It performs a regulatory, advisory and supportive function at a strategic and operational level; as such it involves making recommendations to the Bishop and the Safeguarding Coordinator.

Candidates should have extensive and current professional safeguarding expertise and experience in working with children and/or adults who may be at risk and will ideally have a proven track record or working extensively at a senior level in related areas (ie social care, police, probation or family law).

We are looking for an individual with strong skills in governance and strategic planning with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely particularly on sensitive matters, who is able to work as part of a team and above all, has a commitment to safeguarding.

It is not essential that the individual is a member of the Catholic Church. However, every applicant should respect the ethos of the Catholic faith.

The term of office is four years and may be extended for a further four years. The role receives remuneration for hours worked and involves attending a minimum of three commission meetings per year, meeting regularly with the safeguarding coordinator and annually with the Bishop. Travel expenses are also paid.

For further information about the role please call Mick Walker, Safeguarding Coordinator, on 01642 850505. Application is by way of the completion of an application form and the provision of two referees to be submitted to mickwalker@rcdmidd.org.uk.

The closing date is February 29 2020.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday March 24 2020 at the Curial Office 50a The Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough TS5 6QT.

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