Conferencing and Reviewing Officer
At West Sussex County Council, we are ambitious for our children and our workforce. We are committed to supporting children, families, and young people to achieve their full potential. You will join an experienced Conferencing and Reviewing team within Safeguarding, Quality, and Practice at a key time when we are undergoing a major transformation.
We don't underestimate the work that still needs to be undertaken and the challenge ahead, we are confident in our approach and excited about the changes occurring. That's why we need professionals, like you, who really want to be part of the positive change that is happening for children. Be part of an ambitious improvement plan and make a significant difference to children and families in West Sussex. There has never been a more rewarding time to join.
For further information about us and about working in Children's Social Care at West Sussex County Council, please visit Careers in children's social work in West Sussex.
About The Job
Salary: £50,105 to £53,538 (plus market supplement of 10%)
Working Pattern: Full-time
Location: Countywide - base to be negotiated
As part of our on-going positive transformation and improvement work, we're now recruiting for permanent Conference and Reviewing Officers in a new dual role which combines the role of the Child Protection Conference Chair and Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO). Our ambition and desire is to provide a continuity of relationship for our children throughout their journey with Children's Social Care.
As a Conference and Reviewing Officer in the Conferencing and Reviewing Service, you will work with children who are subject to Child Protection plans and with the children that we care for. You will chair conferences and review meetings, ensuring that all of our children have plans that are outcome focused and are achieving positive impact. You will provide ongoing oversight, leadership and assurance, driving aspirational practice and improvements across the system. You will have the opportunity to develop an area of specialist practice knowledge and will be a leader and advocate to enable us to drive enhanced assurance for our children to improve their outcomes.
The role of the Conference and Reviewing Officer is stimulating, varied and highly rewarding. You will need to possess the skills and ability to work inclusively with all relevant family members, carers and professionals and understand the skilful and sensitive use of authority as well as demonstrate excellent chairing skills, together with the ability and confidence to effectively scrutinise and challenge practice where needed. This role requires the ability to travel both county wide and country wide as required, to chair Conferences and Reviews.
Experience and Skills
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence the actions of others and communicate wide ranging information which may be complex and contentious.
- The ability to negotiate solutions across wide areas of the business and successfully convince other of the need to take a specific course of action, or adopt a specific approach for the safety and protection of children.
- The ability to formulate and oversee plans within which child safety is promoted, risk is sufficiently managed, permanence is progressed, and aspects of care, development and protection are thoroughly considered.
- Able to formulate accurate, accessible, and comprehensive reports.
- The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with children of all ages, capturing and responding to their wishes, feelings and lived experiences.
- Excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to manage competing need, in a fast-paced environment.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Professional social work qualification and registered with SWE.
- Extensive working knowledge of Child Protection Procedures, the IRO handbook, relevant legislation, regulations and guidance, including Working Together to Safeguard Children.
- Knowledge of Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Legislative Frameworks.
- Previous leadership experience within a children's Social Care Environment.
- Comprehensive knowledge of roles and responsibilities of all other agencies involved with children.
- Significant understanding of relevant research, particularly that concerning child development, the effects of separation and loss and attachment theory.
- Detailed experience of child's journey through social care.
Rewards and Benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, you can find this at our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role isCAFHE04352.
For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, please contact Petra Kitchman at or for general queries please reach out to our resourcing team at .