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East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership - Lay Member

Hours of work: Lay Members will be required to attend a Board meeting every three months, and read background material between meetings. Lay Members may also attend subgroups and be involved in projects or initiatives as required/desired.
Working pattern: Meetings take place within normal working hours and are generally held during term time. 
Fixed term for: Lay Members are appointed for a term of two years, with an annual review. After this period further work will be considered. 

Closing date: Wednesday 04 January 2023
Interview date: Tuesday 17 January 2023 

For an informal discussion, please contact Victoria Jones - East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager on 01273 481544

Do you want to help keep children safe in East Sussex?

East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership (ESSCP) wants to recruit a new Lay Member. Could you?

  • Act as an independent, informed observer; able to ask questions others might not think of asking?
  • Provide constructive challenge to the ESSCP on its work?
  • Help the ESSCP link with our local community and voluntary groups?
  • Encourage our community to become involved in child safety issues?

The safeguarding of children is everyone's business, everyone's responsibility. If you would like to learn more, hear the facts from all sides, question the professionals, help shape policy and reflect your community in East Sussex, why not consider applying to be a Lay Member on the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership?

The Safeguarding Children Partnership coordinates the work of local agencies to help protect children. This requires proactive intervention for children who are abused; targeted work with children at risk of harm; and preventative work within the community. Members include senior representatives from East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police and local Health services.

Lay Members will be expected to attend all Board meetings, and you may also attend other ESSCP meetings or being involved in specific safeguarding projects. 

Further information about the ESSCP and the Lay Member role can be found at our website: https://www.esscp.org.uk/about-us/lay-members/.

Candidate criteria

We are looking for candidates who: 

  • Are committed to improving safeguarding outcomes for children and young people
  • Have confidence to ask questions and constructively challenge the views and assumptions of senior professionals
  • Are able to communicate effectively within meetings
  • Live within East Sussex 

Application process

Please download and complete the Lay Member application form. We will also accept CVs and cover letters, which explains how you have the skills and experience to meet the requirements of the job description and person specification.  

Lay Members should be independent of local agencies in order to be able to scrutinise and challenge practice. You should not have been an employee of any agency represented on the Board for at least 2 years.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday 17 January 2023. The interview panel will include members of the ESSCP, including a Health and Police representative. 


The role is a voluntary one, with expenses such as travel costs and subsistence             reimbursed if required.

Lay members will be supported by the ESSCP Business Managers and Independent Chair. We will also offer opportunities to meet with other Board members, attend a wide range of safeguarding children training, and participate in development sessions with the other ESSCP Lay Members.          


Additional Information

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.

Equal Opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

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  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/1078/28946

  • Number of positions
  • 2

  • Location
  • Eastbourne

  • Salary

  • Closing date
  • 03/01/2023

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council

  • Department
  • Children Services

  • Contract type
  • Term Time - Fixed Term

  • Work pattern
  • Casual

  • Hours
  • Minimum commitment to attend a three-hour Board meeting four times a year

  • Job type
  • Volunteers