Interim Independent Reviewing Officer

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Interim Independent Reviewing Officer
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Interim Position

Oxford 5224339

Posted: 21st February 2023 17:10
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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 6 months

  • Oxford, Oxfordshire,

    OX4 3LX

What's involved with this role:

Full Job Title: Interim Independent Reviewing Officer

Reference no: Oxford 5224339

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

Role Length: This opening assignment is for 6 months


An Enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this role.


Experienced interim IRO/CP Chairs required to join an established and friendly team.   

The role will involve holding a caseload made up of looked after children (children we care for) and children subject to Child Protection planning and the successful applicant will be delivering Child We Care For Reviews and overseeing Care Planning for children, and Chairing Child Protection Conferences. 

The organisation is committed to Reviews and Conferences for children taking place in-person and applicants should be open to undertaking Reviews both in an office base and at children’s placements, some of which may be out of County.


Duties to include:

  • 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.
  • To ensure ‘best practice’, rigour and outstanding care and safety planning for Oxfordshire children.
  • To assure the quality of practice within the department. To 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.
  • To monitor, facilitate and promote strong inter-agency working, communication and multi-agency Care and Safety Planning.
  • To manage administrative and information processes and personnel as required.
  • To carry out a range of quality assurance activities, including case auditing. To investigate cases which are cause for concern, to include the chairing of disruption meetings, and to provide written reports on areas for concern, and guidance for future learning.
  • To provide a specialist consultancy and advice service to staff of the department and other agencies.
  • To contribute and drive the development of policy and best practice to service planning and to service planning and development.
  • To contribute to, facilitate and deliver specialist departmental and inter-agency training programmes and tools.
  • To drive and facilitate the department in developing strong, safe, effective and transparent relationships with other agencies and wider community networks.
  • To 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 to 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.


“Specific Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


  • Any qualifications to support your application
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • Knowledge of Child Protection legislation
  • Experience of chairing reviews and conferences
  • Experience of case auditing
  • Knowledge of policy and best practise
  • Strong IT skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF.

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.

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:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above – your CV must address the requirements listed

Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for


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Interim Independent Reviewing Officer
Client Category: Local Authority

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