Fostering Independent Reviewing Officer

Fostering Independent Reviewing Officer

Posted 2 weeks ago


Fostering Independent Reviewing Officer
Location: Devon, countywide
Pay rate: £48.00 per hour (umb)
Contract: temp, 37 hours per week

Job purpose:
Contribute to high quality fostering services through reviewing foster carers suitability to foster and terms of approval annually as required by the fostering regulations and with mind to the national minimum standards.
The fostering independent reviewing officer will conduct foster carer annual reviews and high quality reports for Fostering Devon. Quality assurance of service provision, including case management records will be an intrinsic part of this role. Individuals will have the necessary understanding and experience of the role of fostering and the role of an independent reviewing officer.
Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Chair foster carer annual reviews as required by the fostering regulations.
  • Chair and minute annual reviews, ensuring all relevant information is shared and discussed. Information from a variety of sources should be incorporated, as stipulated by the fostering regulations and the organisation. Provide a clear summary of the meeting and recommended actions.
  • Highlight areas of good practice and areas for development for both the foster carer and the organisation.
  • Robustly review foster carers suitability to foster and capability to meet the needs of children, with consideration to their terms of approval. Provide a clear recommendation to the organisations decision makers and periodically to foster panel.
  • Provide quality assurance of regulatory requirements and report findings.
  • Provide analytical quarterly reports to the Agency decision maker identifying key findings and recommendations for service development.
  • Work within the organisations practice standards, policies, procedures and guidance and associated timescales to promote efficient running of the service.
  • Attend regular meetings with fostering managers to promote service development.
  • Evidence an ability to practice in an inclusive way that recognises the positive contributions of diversity. Actively promote equality of opportunity.
  • Prepare for and cooperate with internal quality assurance activity and regulatory inspections.
  • Evidence innovation and appropriate challenge in a way that enhances skills and promotes reflection and creates change.
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children, ensuring they are protected from the risk of harm and are central to everything we do.
  • Take appropriate and timely action to communicate any concerns about the care provided to children and report any immediate concerns about suitability to foster.
  • Undertake mandatory training relevant to the role and safeguarding children.
  • This post must be a qualified social worker who is registered with social work England.
  • This role involves high levels of direct work across the county and the individual will be required to be in Devon for a large part of the working week.

To be considered for this post you must be registered with Social Work England and at least 2 years post qualifying experience as a social worker. 
This is an agency post and Pertemps can offer you:-  

  • Friendly and dedicated consultant with expert knowledge  
  • Access to a wide variety of roles across England and Wales  
  • Access to roles exclusive to Pertemps  
  • Quick and simple online application process with **free DBS**  
  • Up to £250 Refer a Friend scheme   
  • £250 bonus if you find your own role  
  • Ongoing compliance managed for you  
  • Prompt and reliable weekly payroll  

Please contact Kaye Fleming 07435 787863 or email for more information.  
We recruit across all areas of Social Work. If you are a Social Worker and this isn’t the role for you, contact us about other roles including IRO, BIA, MASH, LAC, Children’s Social Work, Adult Social Work, Service Manager, Head of Service, Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager.