NEW: Independent Reviewing Officer opportunities!

Independent Reviewing Officer – Hammersmith and Fulham

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An exciting opportunity has arisen in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham as a full time, permanent Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) in our Safeguarding, Review and Quality Assurance Service.

Hammersmith & Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, we never stop moving forward. Our ambition is to focus even more on increasing the quality of our practice and the work with children, young people, and families to sustain positive change. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision.

Requirements of you as an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO):
A recognised Social Work qualification (Degree/DipSW/CQSW)
A valid Social Work England registration
Have competent knowledge and experience of Quality Assurance work and the IRO handbook

We are looking for an experienced Independent Reviewing Officer or a highly skilled child and family social worker with management or supervisory experience.

As well as chairing review meetings the role involves ensuring that the review process conforms to relevant legislation, statutory guidance, policies and procedures, and that the child is an active participant and remains at the centre of all decision making. 

A key focus of the role is driving forward permanency planning for children in care and ensuring that high quality care plans are in place that meet the child’s needs.

The role has key quality assurance functions which include; monitoring and tracking care plans, maintaining an independent overview of planning and decision making and contributing to the raising of practice standards and achieving positive outcomes for children. As part of the quality assurance function you will also be required to undertake case or themed audits, as required.

In order to successfully fulfil and manage this contrasting and exciting position, the successful candidate needs to be motivated, enjoy taking on new challenges, and possess the confidence to remain independent and effectively challenge decision making and care planning at all levels. 

The position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to evidence your intervention and oversight on the child’s file. The role also requires the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to work independently and autonomously. 

You will join a highly motivated and dynamic service and be well supported by the SRQA management team.

Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you’re looking to develop your career in a fast-paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, then we look forward to hearing from you.

More information including how to apply: HERE


Independent Reviewing Officer – Middlesbrough

Contractual Status: Permanent

The Review and Development Unit (IRO Service) is looking for experienced Social Work practitioners who are committed to providing an excellent service to vulnerable children and their families.

We have recently restructured the unit to include a Team Manager to strengthen the management support for IROs. We are now looking to complete the team with a permanent full-time IRO and 1 fixed term IRO for 1-year.

By increasing the capacity within the team we aim to ensure our most vulnerable children receive the best possible service to improve their outcomes. The successful candidates will ensure the provision of an effective reviewing system aimed at improving life chances for Middlesbrough children.

The successful candidate will be responsible for chairing reviews for young people and children who are Looked After, including adoptive placements, they will also have a key role in monitoring the effectiveness and implementation of plans.

As an Independent Reviewing Officer you will also be required to assist with other daily functions of the Review and Development Unit which includes chairing child protection conferences, chairing Secure Accommodation Reviews and Disruption Meetings.

You will need to adhere to timescales, practice guidance and policies. The role requires you to undertake audits and provide a quality assurance role for social work practice.

More information including how to apply: HERE

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