Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full Time
We operate a flexible working policy and would be happy to discuss individual requests at interview.
Closing date: Sunday 17 October 2021
Interview date: To be held in November. Date to be confirmed.
For an informal discussion, please contact Sue McGlynn, Operations Manager or Dawn Price, Operations Manager, telephone number: 01323 466606.
Please be aware that a Market Supplement of 10% of (actual) salary will be applied to those posts where a Social Work Qualification is essential for a period of 3 years between 1 July 2021 and October 2024.
About the role
Independent Reviewing Officer / Child Protection Advisor
If you are a talented Children’s Services Manager, join our ‘Outstanding’ Children’s Social Care Team in the crucial role of Independent Reviewing Officer or Child Protection Advisor. You will discover a highly-supportive environment in one of the top performing authorities in the South; a service that has brought together a talented workforce and experienced Managers to create an enviably strong and effective department.
We expect you to be qualified, experienced and a creative Children’s Services Manager with the skills to Chair Child Protection Conferences and Statutory Review Meetings for Looked After Children. You will provide a high-level of quality assurance in the formulation and implementation of outcome-focussed children’s plans. You will be committed to promoting the participation of children, young people and their families in all aspects of the assessment, reviewing and planning process.
Because we know what it takes to do this job effectively, we have made significant investment in our Children’s Safeguarding Unit to ensure that you and your team can carry out a meaningful quality assurance role.
Motivated to improve outcomes for children
We need you to help us bring about change for children and families. So, we are looking for highly-motivated, qualified social work professionals who understand how to improve outcomes for children and have a proven track record in statutory children’s services.
You will need to have relevant experience as a Manager and be able to demonstrate strong management and leadership skills.
Your practice must be evidence-based and you should be up-to-date on current theories and research. You will receive individualised support through a range of training and development opportunities to enable you to succeed in this role and progress your career.
As a pioneer of multi-agency working, you’ll be working closely with a range of organisations.
We are making a difference
We know our approach is making a difference because that’s what children and young people tell us. We were judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in our July 2018 inspection. Our innovation has led to two awards from the Local Government Association Chronicle Awards for services to children and business transformation. We won the Silver Award for Best Social Work Employer at the Social Worker of the year Awards 2017. We have created a centre of excellence alongside our local Universities, resulting in the East Sussex County Council being awarded Government “Teaching Partnership” status.
Join us now
This is a great time to come on board, we offer a competitive package and if you’re coming from outside East Sussex – the chance to live in this beautiful county. If you think you would fit the bill, please apply to join us now.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.