Specialist Practitioner Independent Reviewing Officer

Warwickshire County Wide
£43,380 - £49,163
14 Jan 2022
02 Feb 2022
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“I have been an IRO for Warwickshire for 5 years, having previous been a Safeguarding Team Manager for some years and I absolutely love my job! It’s a real privilege to do what I do. I get to build relationships with children, families, carers, social workers and a wide range of other professionals. I get to be there providing oversight, advice and guidance through the highs and the lows; I get to contribute to improving social work practice and the outcomes for each child and most importantly be the child’s champion.


On a personal level, the biggest change for me has been the huge positive difference to my work-life balance; I manage my own time and can work from home whilst always having access to the unfailing support of a wonderful team of colleagues and managers.”


About Us and The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Independent Reviewing Service as a Specialist Practitioner full-time permanent member.  The Team comprises of a group of skilled and experienced workers who are committed to contributing to improved outcomes for all children subject to child protection or care plans and, their families.

You will have responsibilities for chairing Child Protection Conferences and carrying out Statutory Reviews of children’s Care Plans.  Managers will also value your ability to contribute significantly to quality assurance measures. We’ll look to you to promote service improvements and you will have a crucial role in ensuring that practice standards are maintained for children and young people.

We pride ourselves on being a team that encourages new ways of working to achieve best outcomes by foremost, listening to children, their families and those who care for our children.

Your knowledge and experience will be a key factor in supporting Social Workers and Children Service Managers in their decision making. Likewise, your ability to, review information, ask the right questions, make decisions quickly and ensure decisions are carried out is as important to us as it is to our young people.

You will be working in a passionate and supportive team, that encourages an accepted approach to independent challenge whilst remaining firmly within the Local Authority where children remain at the heart of what we do and Restorative Practice is our action. We are a supportive and enabling team where professional development is highly encouraged and supported by your managers and peers. You will be working within an environment that embraces your ability to manage your workload, your ability to make clear constructive decisions, offers you opportunity to work independently within a flexible structure and where, you know you give your best.


 Key Requirements 

The successful applicant will need to show:

A clear understanding of the current responsibilities and challenges within the role of Independent Reviewing Officer and Child Protection Conference Chair;

Evidence their ability to carry out the requirements of the post having preferably had experience at Team Manager level or experience of supervising/supporting staff;

Experience of managing complex cases, effectively communicating with young people and their families and the confidence and ability to work constructively with senior managers offering a critical perspective and appropriate challenge;

Good knowledge of legislation and guidance pertaining to the Local Authority's responsibilities for Looked After Children and those requiring services and support.

The successful applicant will hold a relevant Social Work qualification and be registered with Social Work England.

The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required. You must be able to speak and provide advice in accurate spoken English to the public.

For further information please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

Additional Information

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure. 

There will be an assessment and selection process for this post.


For further information about the role please contact Julie Smith Juliesmith@warwickshire.gov.uk   or Judith Newell  judithnewellrollins@warwickshire.gov.uk



Closing Date: 3rd Feburary 2022 

Interview Date: 15th February 2022


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As part of being a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each competence, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the person specification.

Should you require application forms in an alternative format / language or any adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contact hrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.uk  and we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.