The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse is seeking expressions of interest from practitioners and subject matter experts to fill three new places on our Advisory Board. This is an opportunity to help guide and develop the CSA Centre’s current and future work, supporting us to ensure that our activities are informed by a wide range of voices representing diverse experiences and perspectives of work to tackle child sexual abuse in England and Wales.
We are particularly interested to hear from people with current or recent experience of working in or with child safeguarding arrangements, including
- Practitioners currently working as children’s social workers or social work managers, with particular experience of working with child sexual abuse;
- Teachers, or other education professionals with experience of work to tackle and respond to child sexual abuse concerns;
- Healthcare professionals, including but not limited to those with experience of children’s mental health services;
- Practitioners, researchers, policy makers, commissioners or other subject matter experts with experience of working with under-represented groups, particularly disabled children and Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and families.
Appointments will be agreed for a fixed term until 31 March 2022, in line with our current grant funding arrangements, and members will be asked to attend quarterly meetings (usually midweek, 10.30am – 1pm) via video conference throughout the year. This is a voluntary position, however members will be reimbursed for their time should they be attending in a personal or self-employed capacity. Please note: The deadline for applications is Friday 2 July.
Board meetings are relatively informal and we are a friendly group, so there’s no requirement for you to have had previous experience of board membership to undertake this role. Please do send us a message if you’d like a chat before deciding whether to apply, and one of the team will be happy to give you a call back and answer any questions you might have about the Board, the workplan for this year or the CSA Centre more broadly.
We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and minority ethnic and male candidates, as they are currently under-represented within our existing membership