The role of the Independent Chair is to hold the partners agencies to account and guide the work of the Boards. In Manchester the Boards share an Independent Chair, Julia Stephens-Row, allowing for more effective working and a ‘think family’ approach.
Julia Stephens-Row – About Me
I was born and brought up, and trained to be a social worker in South Manchester. I initially worked as a Probation Officer in Suffolk before gaining promotion and going on to have a career that spanned over 20 years within the Probation Service. Consequently I have extensive knowledge and experience of the Criminal Justice System.
More recently, I have worked for over 13 years as an Assistant Director in a County Council. As a senior manager I have considerable experience of partnership working, strategic planning, performance management and change management. My areas of expertise include community safety, drugs and alcohol, youth offending, sexual exploitation and equality and inclusion. I am also an Institute of Leadership and Management Executive coach.
I have been involved in safeguarding partnerships and multi agency public protection arrangements in relation to children and adults all my working life; and I was delighted to become the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board chair in May 2015. Taking on the chair of the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board in July 2016 has strengthened the synergies across the two boards and the importance of ensuring good early intervention and prevention. The two Boards have similar visions and I will continue to develop integrated working as appropriate.
Children and adults need to be at the heart of the work that is planned and delivered. It is vital to ensure that safeguarding is everyone’s business; and that individuals, families, communities and all agencies across Manchester are actively encouraged to take responsibility to keep children, young people and those adults in need of care and support safe, free from abuse, neglect or harm and encouraged to fulfill their potential.
Julia can be contact through the MSB Business Unit at email@example.com