Three miles from the City, in the heart of the East End and well connected to major transport links, the London Borough of Newham is an exciting place to work. Newham presents unique opportunities for both professionals and residents. It is an incredibly diverse borough with a very young population, and is experiencing considerable regeneration as part of the Olympic legacy. We are an innovative and forward thinking organisation dedicated to working systemically with children and their families.
We are committed to focusing on good outcomes for children and use the ‘strengthening families’ model of delivery in child protection conferences and the systemic approach is our single theory of practice. We have created an enabling culture through the delivery of a quality assurance framework that focuses on learning together and valuing staff.
About the Job
Independent Reviewing Officer
£47,511 - £50,448 p.a + £3,000 pa market supplement
This opportunity is within our experienced IRO team based within the Quality Assurance service.
The Quality Assurance service has been going through a service wide review as part of Newham’s improvement journey; putting people at the heart of everything we do. A key aspect of this is developing a permanent Independent Reviewing service to ensure a high quality and consistent workforce for children Looked After and those preparing to leaving care; as part of our statutory obligations as a Corporate Parent. We are therefore recruiting permanent full time highly experienced Independent Reviewing Officers.
In your role you will be required to chair Looked After Children's Review meetings, as well as disruption meetings. You will provide specialist consultation and support to colleagues and training on a range of issues relating to the care of Looked After Children as well as setting standards and challenging current practices where appropriate to raise the quality of service delivery.
Applicants must have;
- a Social Work Degree or equivalent and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Extensive post qualification experience of statutory child care work, including
experience at a management level and some experience in management of allegations (or willingness to train)
Within a supportive management structure, as an IRO you will need to possess excellent chairing and communication skills to confidently manage a variety of complex meetings whilst ensuring the active participation of children and young people as well as their parents/carers in the reviewing process.
We are looking for applicants that will be effective in building positive relationships with others, while ensuring prompt and clear decisions are made for Children Looked After, monitoring those decisions and providing appropriate challenge and oversight of children’s care plans towards permanency and stability.
The successful applicant will need extensive knowledge of safeguarding and childcare legislation and best practice, including Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations, 2010, Fostering Regulations, Working Together 2018 and a working knowledge of the IRO Handbook.
With the needs and voices of our children and young people high on the Council’s agenda, as corporate parent, there is a real opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of children and promote excellent outcomes.
For an informal discussion, please contact Aleasia Grant, IRO Service Manager on 02033731258.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
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