About us Jobs Chair – Regional Advisory Group Responsible to: Contracts Delivery ManagerHours of work: A minimum of 8 per monthDuration: For a fixed term April 2020 to 31 MarchLocation: Home based, in or near Together 4 ChildrenSalary: Sessional pay Together 4 Children are a regional partnership made up of Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Stafford, Telford and Wrekin. Adoption UK are working with them to ensure that as the partnership grows the experience of adopters is gathered to improve practice and services. Together 4 Children have commissioned Adopter Voice services to independently create opportunities for you to get involved. To do this we are recruiting adopters to form a Regional Advisory Group who will network and Champion adopters from across the whole region who can collate your views and share them with Together 4 Children leaders and wider staff. If you have leadership skills, ability to network, can collate and summarise views, enjoys debate and discussion then this might be the perfect volunteer role for you. MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE To manage and coordinate the Regional Advisory Group (RAB) and monitor local engagement his/her allocated region. To represent Adopter Voice and the Regional Advisory Group at management boards within the RAA To Chair the meetings of the RAB and wider Network Champions To collate the Summaries of RAB and Network Champions and produce a written report with agreed recommendations to the LA or RAA To monitor the development of engagement from adoptive parents Attend quarterly meetings at the Department of Education to represent his/her region and adopters, to feed into the national view of current issues for adopters at the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES To Chair quarterly meetings of the Regional Advisory Group and produce a written report of prevalent issues adoptive families face around a specified topic within set timescales To Chair 2 meetings a year via video link of the Regional Advisory Group to monitor the development and delivery of the engagement plan To attend management/governance boards to represent Adopter Voice and share the activities of the Regional Advisory Group and engagement To record summary reports from Champions, numbers of adopters engaging, areas and activities To seek views from the Champions and adopters for a view on the national agenda to represent the region at quarterly meetings at the Department of Education quarterly To promote partnership and collaborative working with the Adopter Voice Champions, the Regional Adoption Agency leaders and other Voluntary Adoption Agencies To communicate effectively and clearly with staff at Adoption UK’s and promote our services when the opportunity arises. To provide feedback and evaluation on the delivery of the contract to the Contracts Delivery Manager for the purpose of reporting to the RAA/LA To comply with Adoption UK’s health and safety, equal opportunities, child/vulnerable adult protection, data protection, confidentiality and other policies. To promote equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory practices. Skills and knowledge This role will be suited to an adoptive parent who has: Leadership skills Experience of Chairing meetings Communication skills A strategic view Report writing skills Able to work in partnership Leading projects Knowledge of modern adoption issues Understanding of how a Regional Adoption Agency operates Familiar with the intention of the Regional Adoption Agency agenda Closing date: 19 MarchShortlisting: 23 MarchInterviews: 26 and 30 MarchTraining and first meeting: 8 April – location tbc, likely to be Stafford How to apply? If you are interested in becoming an Adopter Advisory Board Champion, please complete the short application and Equal Opportunities Monitoring forms below and email to [email protected] Volunteer role application form Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form This job is subject to two references, a DBS check and completion of Safeguarding training.