Interim Independent Reviewing Officer P/T –Child Social Care

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Interim Independent Reviewing Officer P/T –Child Social Care
Interim Position
SHC-Darlington 6373711600555
Posted: 22nd May 2020 16:04
  • Pay Rate: £196.09 per day PAYE
  • Hours per Week: 3 days Monday – Friday, normal working hours
  • This opening assignment is for 3 months
  • Darlington, DL3 6JX
What's involved with this role:

Enhanced DBS disclosure required

HCPC/SWE registered

A part-time Independent Reviewing Officer is required to assess the quality and effectiveness of local authority planning and support for children.

Key responsibilities:

  • Chair multi agency child protection conferences and reviews in accordance with ’Working Together’ guidance and procedures and to ensure clear and measurable outcomes are in place
  • Chair the reviews of arrangements for Looked after Children in accordance with the IRO regulations
  • Chair Foster Care Reviews in accordance with the Fostering Regulations
  • Ensure the focus of all meetings is the improved outcomes for the child/children or young person
  • Ensure clear plans are in place for children and their families which minimise levels of risk, comply with safeguarding procedures and promote improved outcomes
  • Promote the involvement and participation of children and young people, parents and carers in planning and decision making and to ensure information is shared and understood
  • Ensure that the child’s current wishes and feelings have been established and taken into account, where appropriate


  • Ensure professional and accurate records of meetings are produced and distributed efficiently and in timescale
  • Carry out audit and reviews of practice and outcomes for service users and contribute to service development
  • Undertake independent quality assurance reviews of front line social work practice and other local authority establishments as requested by the Directorate
  • Monitor the activity of the Council as corporate parent in ensuring that care plans have given proper consideration and weight to the child’s wishes and feelings and that, where appropriate, the child fully understands the implications of any changes made to his/her care plan
  • Participate in the resolution of complaints and where appropriate undertake the role of independent investigating officer
  • Address directly and decisively, through the Dispute Resolution process, any safeguarding or planning issues that raise concern to avoid drift and delay for the child

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.

“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. 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.
  5. Qualifications/Professional membership:
    1. Professional Social Work qualification (DIP SW, CQSW, CSS) or other Social Work Qualification where certified by the HCPC.
    2. Registration with the HCPC.
    3. Post-qualification training relevant to specialism or Certificate in Advanced Professional Development in specialist social work.
    4. Management Qualification (desirable).
    5. Practice Educator (desirable).
  6. Knowledge & Experience:
    1. Approx. 5 years relevant post qualification experience in Children's Statutory Services.
    2. Approx. 2 years' experience of giving recommendations and advice to other care teams or similar settings.
    3. Approx. 3 years' experience of effectively reviewing the most complex cases with little requirement for support.
    4. Working knowledge of Children Act 1989 and current child care legislation including the Adoption and Children Act 2002; NHS and Community Care Act 1990 and other pertinent legislation.
    5. Working Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act & Mental Health Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
    6. Working knowledge of Person Centred Approaches.
    7. Working Knowledge of Safeguarding.
    8. Working knowledge of the Care Act 2014.
    9. Working knowledge of Children's & Families Act 2014.
    10. Experience of chairing meetings, child protection conferences and panels.
    11. Approx. 3 years' experience and working knowledge of assessment procedures (including Child Protection).
    12. Approx. 2 years' experience in working with Safeguarding Children.
    13.  Awareness of the single assessment process.
    14. Experience of developing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing policies, practice, plans and procedures.
    15. Experience of developing and delivering training.
    16. Experience of undertaking quality assurance and audit activity using performance frameworks.
    17. Experience of working in partnership with other agencies.
    18. Knowledge of a range of childcare service interventions.
  7. Good IT skills including Microsoft packages.


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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Job Ref: SHC-Darlington 6373711600555
Interim Independent Reviewing Officer P/T –Child Social Care
Client Category: Local Authority

Anticipated Length of Assignment: Unless otherwise stated (we do carry the occasional permanent vacancy) all of our roles are technically temporary, though opening assignments can be and often are, extended by clients on a longer term basis and can sometimes become permanent.

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