Independent Reviewing Officer CSC

Independent Reviewing Officer CSC

Posted 4 weeks ago


Independent Reviewing Officer 
Location: East London
Pay rate: £42.50 ph
Contract: Temporary, 36 hours per week 

This is a role for an Independent Reviewing Officer supporting with Children in Care Reviews.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Chair Child Protection conferences, identify risk and decide upon the need for a child to be subject to child protection plan, to ensure effective decision making about thresholds for child protection and child in need plans
  • Chair and minute Statutory Reviews for Looked After Children within agreed timescales so a care plan and permanency plan for each child is implemented without drift or delay
  • Provide professional consultation, advice support and challenge to social work practitioners/ managers on critical child protection decisions, and on care planning for children in care (looked after per Children Act 1989)
  • Develop SMART Plans which are outcomes focussed for children in need / in need of protection and children in care
  • Monitor progress of planning between reviews identify any barriers within the wider multi-agency system to the implementation of children’s plans
  • Chair complex strategy meetings as identified by Service Manager to ensure that timely and appropriate action is taken to investigate specific child protection concerns
  • Contribute to the response to placement disruption for children in care, including chairing Disruption Meetings as appropriate, to avoid breakdown of living arrangements and instability for children
  • Ensure that all Looked After Children and children subject to child protection plans fully participate in decision making that affects them relevant to their age and understanding, so they are fully engaged in decisions about them through a variety of methods including direct feedback advocacy and attendance at meetings
  • Lead on critical quality assurance activity to promote improvement in practice standards by monitoring and reporting on local examples of good practice by individuals and teams and any national examples identified by research or experience
  • Undertake Learning Together Reviews as directed by the service manager, and contribute to the case review process so as to implement sustained learning
  • To ensure the local authority exercises its statutory duties in relation to children in need of support, children in need of protection or children in care
  • Identify and provide challenge to practitioners and managers across the service in relation to practice improvement
  • Escalate concerns through activating the dispute resolution process, in accordance with the best interest and welfare of the child, as well as his/her human rights’. (Section 6.4 IRO Handbook )  Promote equality, diversity and inclusion within the organisation in line with council policy and iCARE values
  • The duties and responsibilities outlined in this job profile are indicative of the role, however they are not exhaustive and may be subject to change. In addition, you will be required to undertake other reasonable duties as directed by your manager.

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.