This role is open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We’re less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. We care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we’d welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.
The starting salary for this role is £24,780 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week.
We are looking for an experienced note taker to join our team of record takers for child protection conferences. In this role, you will make detailed notes of these meetings, chaired by Independent Chairs, at a variety of locations throughout Surrey.
The Children, Schools and Families Directorate provides a range of specialist services to children and young people. Much of this work requires close working with key stakeholders (parents/carers, schools, health services, police & voluntary organisations).
Your primary focus as a Child Protection Administrator will be to provide clear, concise and timely records at various Child Protection conferences and other highly confidential meetings across Surrey, within the timelines set by the Surrey Safeguarding Board.
You will prepare for meetings by reading background information to accurately interpret events, whilst sending follow up correspondence and collating all contributions for the conference outcome report.
Alongside minute-taking responsibilities, you will take on a range of administrative tasks, using your knowledge of general office routines and procedures, whilst displaying a broad understanding of the department and how tasks directly support the service/ teams.
You will be expected to use your initiative, prioritising workloads on both a day-to-day and week-by-week basis, responding to clear deadlines or processes. Although a background in Child Protection is not essential, we would definitely be looking for you to be able to prove your ability in note-taking and maintaining composure whilst recording details in difficult meetings.
As the Child Protection meetings are based across Surrey, it is necessary that you have a full driving licence and use of a car. We are currently holding virtual conferences via MS Teams due to COVID, but will be returning to office bases over the coming months.
You will be given a comprehensive induction to introduce you to this specialised and highly confidential area of work. Equipment is provided, and travel costs reimbursed, as you'll need to travel to venues throughout the county.
To be shortlisted for this position, you must clearly evidence the following in your application:
- Experience in minute taking
- Competency with Microsoft Office Packages (Word, Excel, Outlook etc.)
- Ability to work with others to improve customer service
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Excellent administrative/ organisational skills
- Ability to prioritise and plan own workload
- A methodical approach to information gathering, recording and reporting
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 21.09.2021
Interview dates to be confirmed.
For an informal discussion please contact either Katherine Evans by e-mail at or Kate Penfold firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your application.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from generous annual leave entitlement, a local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.