The Children's Planning & Review Team is seeking an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO).
This is a key quality assurance role. You will need to advocate and champion our Children Looked After (CLA) and ensure care planning promotes early permanence planning. You will need to be skilled in engaging and supporting the participation of children in the review and planning process.
As an IRO you are crucial in ensuring that CLA voices are at the core of our work as corporate parents; ensuring our children have opportunities to fully participate in making decisions with other agencies and their Social Worker. You will need to be proactive in promoting the physical health, emotional well-being and education of all children looked after.
OFSTED (2018) report states that our 'reviews of children in care are timely and child focused. Children and young people are supported to attend their reviews. They are also seen between reviews, and children spoken to said that they knew how to contact their IRO. Progress against plans is monitored'. There is scope for improvement and we would like you to be a part of this journey, foster best practice and enhance our impact and challenge as a service.
To be able to do this effectively you will need to be a Qualified Social Worker with at least five years' post qualifying experience, be registered with the HCPC and have the following experience and skills:
* A thorough working knowledge of the legal framework relating to Children Looked After including Children Act 1989, the Care Planning Regulations and the duties and responsibilities of the IRO as set out in the IRO Handbook (DfE 2010);
* Extensive experience as a children's Social Worker and preferably with management experience at Assistant Team Manager or above level.
* Having the ability and experience to effectively challenge to ensure best outcomes for children, including effective escalation.
* Effectively contributing in training forums and other meetings and acting as an expert in the wider department;
To apply provide a one page (A4) expression of interest outlining how you meet the specific requirements of the role and an up to date CV.
Please refer to attached full Job Description.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Angela Fergus-Stallard - Safeguarding Children's Service Manager on 0208 871 7226 or 0208 871 7117
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include home working and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as Performance Related Pay, membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered by our Children's Social Care Academy and other partners.
Closing Date: Friday 21September 2018
Shortlisting Date: Monday 24 September 2018
Interview Date(s): 26th September 2018, 27th September 2018 and 28th September 2018
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change
This post is subject to a DBS check