Independent Reviewing Officer – Children’s Social Care

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Independent Reviewing Officer – Children’s Social Care
OXFORD, Oxfordshire
Interim Position

Oxfordshire 5239122

Posted: 27th October 2023 17:02
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £33.75 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • OXFORD, Oxfordshire,

    OX1 1ND

What's involved with this role:

Interim Independent Reviewing Officer – Children’s Social Care

Reference no: Oxfordshire 5239122  

Pay rate: Up to £33.75 per hour PAYE depending on experience

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

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

City: OXFORD, Oxfordshire

Enhanced DBS required for this role

An Independent Reviewing Officer is required to convene and chair Looked After Children reviews and to chair Child Protection Conferences as required by the demands of the service.  To both review and to monitor a child’s case on an ongoing basis.

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensure ‘best practice’, rigour and outstanding care and safety planning for Oxfordshire children. Monitor the performance of the Local Authority’s function as a ‘corporate parent’ and identify and challenge areas of poor practice, and recognise and promote best practice. Monitor, facilitate and promote strong inter-agency working, communication and multi-agency Care and Safety Planning.
  • Manage administrative and information processes and personnel as required. Carry out a range of quality assurance activities, including case auditing.
  • Chair Child Looked After Children reviews and Child Protection initial and review conferences. Act as an Independent Reviewing Officer, on behalf of the Directorate for Looked After Children and act as an Independent Chair of Child Protection Case Conferences ensuring: the degree of risk and the relevant needs of the child and the family are identified and safeguarded; that appropriate and high quality, cost effective and safe plans are developed using alternatives to the Child Protection and Looked After systems where possible.
  • Ensure that reviews and conferences are managed effectively, safely and efficiently allowing all participants, including children and family members, to contribute and be heard, holding the child at the centre of all care and safety planning. Ensure that Case Planning Processes (e.g. Integrated Children’s System, Assessment and Planning, Child Protection and Looked After Children procedures and documentation) are complied with.
  • Ensure that services are planned and delivered in a way that maximises participation and reflects children’s rights in relation to the services being provided, and act on views of children and young people and demonstrate children’s rights and the child’s voice are heard and reflected in all work with children and young people.
  • Assure the quality of professional practice within the Department with a particular reference to the DFE Safeguarding and Looked After Children regulations and guidance and local guidance and procedures.
  • Monitor, develop and promote safe inter-agency working and communication.
  • Manage administrative and management information processes and personnel as required.


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Experience & Skills:

  • Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  • Recent or current Conference/LAR chairing experience is essential.
  • Experience of planning and reviewing plans for children and young people.
  • ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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Independent Reviewing Officer – Children’s Social Care
Client Category: Local Authority

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