We are recruiting for Independent Reviewing Officers to be responsible for a high quality professional and efficient service to children and young people in need of protection and children and young people looked after by Medway Council.
You will be required to promote and support effective and efficient inter-agency working in respect of children subject to child protection plans and children who are looked after by Medway Council, promoting and encouraging others to contribute to collaborative working.
The successful applicant will independently chair child protection conferences and looked after children reviews in line with statutory requirements and contribute to quality assurance measures and performance management systems aimed at service improvement and development.
You will be required to undertake the statutory duties of an IRO, namely, monitor the performance by the LA of their functions in relation to the child’s case; participate in any review of the child, ensure that any ascertained wishes and feelings of the child concerning the case are given due consideration by the appropriate authority; and perform any other function which is prescribed in regulations.
Applicants will be responsible for providing consultation to social workers, managers and senior managers within the authority
You will independently chair child protection conferences and looked after children reviews through the Strengthening Families model and in line with statutory requirements.
To contribute to the performance management targets and quality assure standards, making recommendations to improve and develop the service.
Applicants will promote full and active participation of children and their families in review meetings and child protection conferences including in meeting children on their own, ensuring a consultative approach seeking out views and opinions of others who are affected by issues.
To promote anti discriminatory practice, equal access to resources; the understanding of difference and address equality issues for children looked after and children at risk of significant harm.
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
A recognised professional Social Work Qualification eg DipSW, CQSW or equivalent, recognised by the HCPC
Hold a Full Practice Educator qualification at stage two, or demonstrate willingness to achieve this.
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- Assisted car purchase scheme
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Sue Dunkin 01634 332114
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.