- Pay Rate:
£196.09 per day PAYE
- Hours per Week:
35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 3 months
- DURHAM, County Durham,
Interim Independent Reviewing Officer x2 - Children & Young Peoples Services
Reference no: Durham 1003339914594639
Pay rate: £196.09 per day PAYE
Hours per week: 35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 3 months
City: DURHAM, County Durham
Enhanced DBS required for this role
An Independent Reviewing Officer is required to act as an Independent Chairperson in Looked After Reviews, and chair Child Protection Conferences, private fostering reviews, secure accommodation reviews, foster carer reviews, disruption meetings and complex planning meetings. To develop and maintain a range of quality assurance systems in relation to departmental policies and procedures, government guidance and Department of Education and Health P.A.F. requirements. To play a key role, linking with managers and staff in Children and Young People’s Services and other agencies, in the development of best practice in care planning and service provision for children and young people.
- Act as an independent Chairperson in Looked after Reviews, and chair Child Protection Conferences, Private Fostering Reviews, Secure Accommodation Reviews, Foster Carer Reviews, disruption meetings and complex planning meetings.
- Develop effective quality assurance mechanisms in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of Children and Young People’s Services, Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Procedures, and Department of Education requirements.
- Link with social workers and team managers across the Children and Young People’s Services in order to ensure effective care planning, development of good practice and positive outcomes for children and young people.
- Play an active role in Local Safeguarding Children’s Board processes and ensure effective working relationships are established with colleagues in other agencies involved in provision of services for children.
- Participate in a range of audit and other monitoring activity as part of the wider service development function.
- Put effective systems in place, which will ensure that all children within the Looked After System have an appropriate Permanency Plan.
- Offer specialist advice, information and guidance about policy, procedures, legislation, guidance and local processes.
- Participate in a range of corporate and Children and Young People’s Services activities as determined by the Head of Service.
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Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:
- Social Work England registered.
- Final professional Social Care qualification to diploma level - Diploma in Social Work or equivalent.
- 5 years post-qualifying experience as a social work practitioner in relation to Children and Families in relation to children looked after and children subject to child protection plans, including legal proceedings (in accordance with the Independent Review Officer Handbook).
- Experience of managing and supervising social workers.
- Significant experience of partnership and multi-agency working.
- Experience of development and maintenance of quality assurance systems.
- Have the sufficient relevant social work experience in children’s social care to undertake the required functions.
- Experience of chairing complex multi-agency meetings.
- Have a thorough understanding of the Care Planning Regulations and legal framework relating to looked after children and care leavers, including knowledge of National Minimum Standards and Fostering Regulations, and the Adoption Agencies Regulations.
- Have a thorough understanding of the legal process and the issues involved when a local authority makes an application for a care order.
- A thorough knowledge of ‘Working Together’ and quality practice in working with children and families to safeguard children and promote their welfare.
- A thorough working understanding of the legal process and the issues involved when a local authority makes an application for a care order.
Skills & Abilities:
- Ability to communicate with children, young people, and their families. To ensure the child’s views are considered by the local authority.
- Have the confidence and ability to work constructively with senior managers, offering a critical perspective and appropriate challenge.
- Ability to assimilate information, summarise and prioritise key actions required.
- Ability to establish constructive working relationships with staff and other agencies.
- Highly developed written and verbal communication skills.
- Organisational skills related to the effective running of the Child Care planning systems.
- Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of agencies and stakeholders.
- Capable of independent travel to meet the requirements of the post.
- Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).
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