Be a part of our safeguarding panel

Join our group of volunteers who use their experience and knowledge to review safeguarding cases

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do in Girlguiding, and it’s the responsibility of all of us

The safeguarding panel are a group of volunteers who use their Girlguiding and safeguarding experience to independently review safeguarding cases.

The group meet virtually as and when required to consider specific appeals. There’s also an annual meeting for continued professional development and meet once a year for continued professional development.

Join the panel

We are currently recruiting new members of the safeguarding panel, including a new chair.

If you’re a current volunteer with an interest in safeguarding and a desire to collaborate with other volunteers, we would like to hear from you

Read our full role description to learn more about what's involved.

Please note; As required and requested by the Audit and Risk committee as a part of succession planning for panel membership.

Remit

To be a volunteer panel member for safeguarding and independently consider safeguarding cases where:

  • an appeal has been requested.
  • a country/region chief commissioner disagrees with the decision of the HQ Safeguarding team.
  • the HQ Safeguarding team disagrees with a recommendation from the country/region chief commissioner.

The above list is not exhaustive.

Due to the sensitive nature of this role, your appointment to this role will not be shared with the wider membership.

Roles and responsibilities of all panel members

  • To review safeguarding cases and the sanctions applied. This may include cases where an appeal is requested by the volunteer involved or where there is disagreement between a country/region chief commissioner and HQ Safeguarding team.
  • To use professional and Girlguiding experience to reach agreement on recommendations and communicate this in writing within 3 working days after the panel meeting has come to a ‘majority’ decision to the chief guide, operations director or other appointed individual who will make the final decision.
  • To meet once a year in person, if practicable, for continuing professional development and to review how the panel is working. Otherwise, work virtually as and when required. 
  • To consider appeals within 7-14 working days of the request from the HQ Safeguarding team.
  • To take part in discussions and give recommendations based on the evidence during the appeal review.
  • To declare any conflicts of interest before the start of each case review.   
  • To receive confidential and password=protected electronic information on the issue. This must be stored and accessed in line with the Girlguiding Data protection policy.

Additional roles and responsibilities of panel chair

  • To manage and facilitate fair discussion and review of safeguarding cases.
  • To reach an agreement on recommendations and communicate them in writing to the chief guide, operations director, or appointed individual within three working days of the panel meeting.
  • Ensure that cases are reviewed by at least 3 panel members, but no more than 5 (including the chair) to aid decision making.
  • To work with the head of safe practice to define the scope of the review in advance of the panel meeting, to make sure the review is focussed and structured.
  • To undertake the responsibilities of the role of panel member as outlined in the panel member role description

Essential skills, knowledge and experience needed for the roles

  • A professional qualification, expertise or significant experience in safeguarding or child/adult protection practice. Preferably with a background in education, justice, health, social care, youth work, faith and outdoor/activities. 
  • Active current Girlguiding volunteer.
  • Willingness to undertake training and development (CPD) as provided to members by HQ, at an annual event.  
  • Evidence of recent practical application of safeguarding practice.
  • Have held a role in Girlguiding beyond unit level or have the ability to demonstrate knowledge of Girlguiding volunteer structures.
  • Understanding of confidentiality, GDPR, consent, mental capacity, and other relevant legislation
  • Willingness to collaborate with Girlguiding staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to build and strengthen relationships with a diverse range of people.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Access and proficient ability in use of IT and video/telephone conferencing.
  • Mandatory completion of Levels 1-4 A Safe Space training.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form (Word doc) and send it to [email protected].

The deadline is midnight, 16 September 2020.

We will invite shortlisted applicants to a virtual interview, likely to be held week fo 5 October.

If you have any questions please contact us on [email protected]