Independent Chair

in Birmingham, West Midlands

The contract holder will be accountable to the Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council and report also to the Chair of the Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Board.

To lead and chair quarterly meetings of BSAB to ensure that these are effectively chaired within a culture of shared accountability so that all partners are equally held to account, whilst ensuring that the right issues and themes are discussed and that actions are identified and followed through. This will include working with the Board Business Manager on the setting of agendas, reading papers in preparation for meetings, approval, and distribution of minutes, and follow-up of Board decisions as required


  • To provide effective leadership of Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB), ensuring regular evaluation of its effectiveness in scrutinizing safeguarding activities across all partner agencies.
  • To champion the prevention of harm to adults with care and support needs and the building of community resilience in Birmingham.
  • To champion and lead the cultural shift to establish and sustain a safeguarding community approach, building a network of partners willing to take responsibility for their contribution to the prevention of and response to harm, neglect, and abuse.
  • To actively seek out, listen to, and act upon the voice of Birmingham citizens, so that it is effectively heard and that it critically impacts the work of the Board and the safeguarding practices of its partner agencies.
  • To ensure BSAB members and partner agencies work effectively together and responsibly so that adults with care and support needs in Birmingham are appropriately safeguarded and that the principles of Making Safeguarding Personal are fully embedded.
  • To be an advocate for adult safeguarding across all partner agencies and communities in Birmingham.
  • To provide an independent and impartial perspective and voice for BSAB.
  • To ensure that BSAB meets its statutory responsibilities and complies with the Care Act 2014, its Statutory Guidance, and any other current or future government or legislative requirements for Safeguarding Adult Boards.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Significant experience in working within the statutory, voluntary, or community sector at a senior level, including governance and performance management.
  • Experience of working within an agency with operational responsibility for the safeguarding of adults with care and support needs and the promotion of their welfare.
  • Extensive knowledge of legislation and guidance relating to the establishment and responsibilities of Safeguarding Adults Boards.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of wider issues/recent developments in safeguarding adults with care and support needs.
  • Experience in leading developments/initiatives at a senior strategic level.
  • Experience in chairing complex meetings at a senior strategic level.
  • Knowledge of responsibilities and structure of key partner agencies.
  • Experience in dealing with the media.
  • Proven experience in promoting and implementing equality and diversity.
  • Knowledge of governance requirements and budget control and management in a public sector agency (Statutory/voluntary/not for profit)


Other Details

  1. Salary £600 per day
  2. Job Type Contractual
  3. Map Location Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB
  4. Category Admin & Office,Social Services & Nonprofit
  5. Posted 4 months ago