Independent Reviewing Officer / CP Chair
Salary - MM2 - £46,791-£59,850
If you are a dynamic and passionate person committed to working with and supporting children, this is your chance to join us at Enfield Council. We offer a high quality and innovative service for children in Enfield. Our children and family services were judged as Good in all areas by OFSTED in March 2019 and we want you to join us on our journey to Outstanding.
The Enfield Safeguarding and Quality Service is looking to appoint a full time Independent Reviewing Officer/Child Protection Conference Chair on a permanent basis. You will be responsible for chairing Child Protection Conferences of children subject to Child Protection Plans, statutory reviews of children who are Looked After. You will also be required to chair some complex meetings,
Your primary focus is to quality assure the care planning and review process for each child and to ensure that their wishes and feelings are given full consideration. You will be responsible for Chairing Child Protection conferences and statutory reviews. You will ensure that plans for these children meet the highest standards and are implemented appropriately.
Commitment to helping maintain the existing excellent standards of the Service, and in meeting our statutory responsibilities around timescales and deadlines is essential.
Our practice is underpinned by professional standards and promises to our children and young people. Our chosen model across the safeguarding partnership is Signs of Safety.
You will need substantial management experience in statutory social work with children and families and of chairing complex meetings. You will have a thorough working knowledge of the legal framework relating to child protection and looked after children, including Care Planning Regulations and the duties and responsibilities of the IRO as set out in the IRO Handbook.
You will join a very busy but supportive and committed team and play a full part in its operation of ensuring the effective safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of vulnerable children and young people in Enfield. We are focussed on improving outcomes for children, developing ways to improve reviewing the plans for looked after children and managing child protection conferences.
In the recent OFSTED Inspection (2019), Inspectors “saw clear evidence of IROs intervening and advocating appropriately” for Looked After Children.
You are required to hold a relevant social work qualification and Social Work accreditation.
Why it's great to work for Enfield Council:
- An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
- Up to 31 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service.
- Additional Annual Leave can be bought
- A Sabbatical scheme – allowing social workers to claim one month off after completing three years of service.
- Relocation package – Up to £8000
- Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months
- Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
- Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.
- Foster Carer Policy – Allows an employee to attend essential meetings and training to support their role as a foster carer.
We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn.
Please note if you have previosuly applied for this post in the last 6 months a second application unfortunately, will not be considered.
How to apply:
This role requires that you upload 2 documents - in the "Document upload" section of the online application form.
1. a supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of the job description and person specification.
2. your CV which includes your full work history since leaving full time education.
Your supporting statement should be around 2 pages in A4 format.
Closing and Interview Dates
Please note this recruitment is ongoing and we reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications have been received. The recruiting managers will review applications on a weekly basis and will be inviting candidates to an interview as an when the shortlisting takes place. Therefore, we advise that you complete fully and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Maria Anastasi for an informal discussion on 0208 132 0373 or 07908139506 or to arrange a visit to the team.
If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact Elizabeth Anastasi on 0208 132 1615. A textphone (minicom) is provided for those with a hearing or speech impairment on 020 8379 4419.
“This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment”.