Start 2021 with an exciting new opportunity: Hammersmith & Fulham, Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) service

An exciting opportunity has arisen 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 an IRO you are critical in carrying out the quality assurance function for children, including chairing statutory reviews, supporting children’s participation and making sure their views are heard and remain 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.


You will be expected to maintain oversight between reviews to ensure care plans are being realised in a timely way. You will be proactive in promoting children’s physical health, emotional well-being, education, and help them to successfully transition into adulthood. On behalf of our children, you will also be expected to hold the Council to account as corporate parent.

Enjoy taking on new challenges? The successful candidate needs to be analytical, motivated, and have 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. 

This is an exciting opportunity to develop your career within a supportive and dynamic service, offering you comprehensive training and development opportunities.

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.    

For an informal discussion about this role or if you would like any further information please contact Tricia Hunte 07813146194 tricia.hunte@lbhf.gov.uk or Anna Carpenter 07775554389  anna.carpenter@lbhf.gov.uk

Please refer to the Job Description for more information and apply HERE

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