Independent Reviewing Officer, Open to flexible working

London (North), London (Greater)
£42,651 - £48,234 p.a.
28 Sep 2017
15 Oct 2017
Contract Type

Independent Reviewing Officer, Open to flexible working

Islington is a lively, diverse area of London, offering an eclectic assortment of cultural activities, good transport services, and a vibrant feel. As a borough we are innovative, forward thinking, and committed to positive change.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service for a talented and enthusiastic Independent Reviewing Officer. As one of eight Departments for Education Partners in Practice sites across the country, we are looking for an Independent Reviewing Officer that can model and lead excellent practice.

The successful applicant will need extensive knowledge of The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations, 2010 and the IRO handbook and be expected to ensure that high quality services are being delivered to children, providing constructive challenge where needed. 

As an IRO you will need to possess excellent chairing skills to confidently manage difficult meetings whilst ensuring the participation of children and young people and their parents in the review process. The successful applicant will be able to ensure effective decisions are made for Children Looked After and monitor those decisions in line with Working Together and the Care Placement, Planning and Review Regulations.

Our Innovation Project – Islington listened to children, families and social worker staff in developing our vision for change. Our ‘Doing What Counts and Measuring What Matters’ Project is developing an evidence-based practice model which focuses on facilitating meaningful and sustainable change for families. Changes to the way we practice include:

  • The adoption of an organisation wide motivational social work model of practice, which is underpinned by 7 elements: purposefulness, collaboration, empathy, autonomy, clarity of concerns, evocation and focus on the child throughout levels of practice;
  • Protected caseloads in the frontline and reduced bureaucracy to allow intensive direct work with families in risk assessing and developing goal-based interventions;
  • Development of evidence-based model for supervisions that reflects a more emotionally-intelligent style of management;
  • Partnering with University of Bedfordshire to evaluate practice through impact (quality of practice delivered) and outcomes (difference it makes to the child and family);
  • Regular reflective supervision and practice development opportunities to lead in spreading innovations and practice improvement.

The successful applicant will become a member of a well-established Independent Reviewing Team. The post holder is subject to enhanced DBS checks.

The benefits to this post include: good pension scheme and generous holidays, flexible working arrangements, a supportive management team and a great location near Finsbury Park and Arsenal tube station and Upper Street in Islington.

The closing date for this post will be Sunday 15th October 2017 at 23:59. 

Interviews are being held on Tuesday 31st October 2017.