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Lay Members

The ESSCP has three Lay Members: Harriet Martin, Nick Porter and Anne Moynihan.

The Lay Members act as independent insight, on behalf of the public, into the work of agencies and of the partnership. As well as acting as critical friends at Board meetings, providing additional challenge and scrutiny, one Lay Member is a standing member of the SCP Case Review Group (CRG), and Lay Members are involved in the panel meetings for all LCSPRs. Their role has been critical at CRG, via the rapid review process and subsequent LCSPR process, in advocating the voice of the child.

“I have now been a lay member of the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership for five years. During that time I have learned much and been consistently impressed by the dedication of staff from all agencies and organisations involved, particularly given the difficult circumstances of the last few years. There is excellent collaboration and no sign of a destructive cycle of defensiveness. People challenge and take challenge with respect and openness while remaining focused on children and their families.” 

“Although I have only been a Lay Member of the ESSCP for a short time, during this time I have witnessed some great examples of partnership working and found all partners to be truly dedicated to safeguarding children” 

“I joined the ESSCP as a lay member because I wanted to make a contribution to safeguarding children across the county. What I have found is a partnership full of highly specialised, committed professionals  from a range of backgrounds who collaborate with care to promote good practice in safeguarding children against a very difficult backdrop”

We always welcome expressions of interest in becoming an ESSCP Lay Member. If you are interested in the role please review the East Sussex ESSCP Lay Member Job Description to see if you meet the essential criteria. Please contact us on 01273 481544 or to discuss further.