Independent Reviewing Officer/Conference Chair

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Independent Reviewing Officer/Conference Chair
BARNSLEY, South Yorkshire
Interim Position

Barnsley 0008 DDFE / 1

Posted: 13th May 2024 14:39
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  • Pay Rate:

    £35.80 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-4 months

  • BARNSLEY, South Yorkshire,

    S70 2DR

What's involved with this role:

Interim Independent Reviewing Officer/Conference Chair

Reference no:  Barnsley 0008 DDFE / 1

Pay rate: £35.80 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3-4 months  

City: BARNSLEY, South Yorkshire

Hybrid working

Enhanced DBS required for this role

An Independent Reviewing Officer/Conference Chair is required to ensure that Looked After Children (lac) Reviews and Child Protection case conferences are managed effectively ensuring all participants have opportunity to contribute to the process. To ensure and contribute to the Quality Assurance function and learning for the organisation. Liaise with key agencies and workers ensuring that plans for the child are fully implemented.

Key responsibilities:

  • Chair and take responsibility for the conduct of all conferences /reviews ensuring that each meeting is held in accordance with Legislation, Associated regulations and guidance and departmental processes.
  • Monitor the Care plan, ensuring that actions are carried out within timescales and outcomes are monitored and ensure the review takes place within statutory timescales.
  • Advocate on behalf of the child where the child or chair perceives an inadequacy of service provision or where the child’s legitimate wishes and feelings conflict with the views or others who have responsibility for the child.
  • Ensure the appropriate arrangements are made for the child to be informed about the meeting. To promote the engagement and participation of children and their families.
  • Responsible for the overall management of the service in relation to LAC and Child Protection (CP) Plan and contribute to the development of Council Policy, practice and services, efficiency and effectiveness by developing working groups and training forums as required.
  • Monitor and evaluate the standards and effectiveness of service delivery and to provide regular reports and feedback.
  • Provide professional advice, guidance and information.
  • Undertake visits to children’s Residential homes in line with relevant regulations as required.
  • Monitor the care plan/protection plan, ensuring that actions are carried out within timescales and outcomes are monitored and ensure the review takes place within statutory timescales.
  • Liaise, negotiate, and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders including managers, employees, and councillors, members of the public and partnership agencies.
  • Undertake/contribute to performance management and complex data analysis and interpretation, promoting quality practice and service delivery, ensuring continuous improvement.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of local and national regulations, policies and procedures which have implications for service delivery, to satisfy internal and external demands.


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Professional SW qualification.
  • Current registration with the Health Care Professional council.
  • Post Qualification in Child care /child protection.



  • Significant post qualification experience, equivalent to that required of a Social Work Team Manager of work with Children and their Families, which must have included extensive involvement as lead Practitioner, in child Protection within a multi-agency framework.
  • Experience of providing professional advice and guidance to practitioners at all levels of seniority, external agencies and other forums.
  • Experience of policy and procedure formulation and implementation desirable.
  • Direct work with children and their families which evidences an ability to ensure participation and engagement.



  • Knowledge of local and national strategies, policies and legislation relevant to the area of work.
  • Demonstrate an advanced theoretical practical and procedural knowledge of all issues relation to safeguarding and Looked After children.
  • Knowledge of the pressures facing local government.
  • Demonstrate an expert knowledge of the legislative framework.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work at senior levels within an organisation and partnership agreements, sometimes in areas of tension and conflict.
  • Strong organisation and time management skills with the ability to work under pressure, being self-motivated and able to use own initiative under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to produce quality documentation including reports, ensuring they are suitable for particular audiences.
  • Ability to carry out research and develop policies and procedures.
  • Willing to work flexibly in accordance with policies and procedures to meet the operational needs of the council.
  • Able to undertake any travel in connection with the post.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.



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Independent Reviewing Officer/Conference Chair
Client Category: Local Authority

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