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Independent Chair of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board

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Job Introduction

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board (SSASPB) is seeking a highly experienced and effective independent chair. 

We seek an individual who has commitment, and determination to drive forward the Safeguarding Adults agenda in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

The SSASPB is responsible for ensuring that adults who have need for care and support within Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are protected and safeguarded from abuse and neglect.  This is achieved through the coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of the arrangements of the members of the board.

The role of Staffordshire and Stoke On Trent Adult Safeguarding Board Independent Chair is an Office Holder post.

Main Responsibility

The main responsibilities are:

  • To be an independent voice for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board (SSASPB).
  • Provide strategic leadership to ensure that the SSASPB fulfils its objectives and functions as outlined in the Care Act, 2014 and its statutory guidance; to include taking a lead role in the production and publication of the strategic plan and annual report.
  • Oversee the strategic responsibilities set out in the Care Act 2014 with regard to Safeguarding Adult Reviews.
  • To promote, facilitate and champion partnership working, whilst providing constructive challenge when needed, to contribute to an effective partnership approach to safeguarding adults in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, whilst recognising the independent nature of the role.

The Ideal Candidate

The role requires an outstanding individual with enthusiasm, commitment, and determination to drive forward the Safeguarding Adults agenda.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience of leading and managing in a large public, independent, or voluntary sector organisation at a senior level.
  • Proven experience of chairing complex partnership meetings.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of applying the legislation and guidance in relation to Safeguarding Adults. Ensuring that the SSASPB operates effectively to deliver its key objectives and functions as set out in the Care Act (2014).
  • Ability to actively promote engagement with adults who need care and support, their families and advocates, to ensure their voices are heard and acted upon within the Board’s work.

Significantly, the successful candidate will be confident in providing independent and constructive challenge to SSASPB partners and organisations in order to bring about improved outcomes for adults with care and support needs who are at risk of abuse or neglect.

The appointment will be for 2 years, with potential to extend on mutual agreement going forward. The appointment will be subject to review at 6 months by either side and by appraisal prior to agreement of any extensions.

Working hours will be approximately 30 days per year, average of 2.5 days per month.

If you are interested in knowing more about this role please contact Helen Jones the SSASPB business manager: 



About Staffordshire County Council

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Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

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Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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