Specialist Social Worker (Independent Reviewing Officer)
Warwickshire is famous the world over as Shakespeare's County - but that's only half the story. We're also vibrant and modern. One of the fastest growing commercial regions in the UK, we're home to many leading companies and developing exciting opportunities for everyone who lives ad works here.
The County Council is the largest employer in Warwickshire, employing some 18,000 people with a total spend of over £670million.
We pride ourselves on being an innovative employer that like to encourage new ways of working. Likewise, or ability to make decisions quickly is as important to us as it is to our customers.
37.0 Hours per Week
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Independent Reviewing Service in Warwickshire. 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.
Working closely within the Children and Families Business Unit, you'll strengthen our existing team of Independent Reviewing Officers by ensuring that care plans for children fully reflect each child's needs, that all planning processes meet regulatory requirements, reflect best practice and maintain a focus on achieving best outcomes for the child.
The principle responsibilities of the post will be to independently chair child protection conferences and the statutory reviews of looked after children ensuring that plans are in place that are robust, achievable and regularly reviewed. Where there are blocks to planning authoritative communication and escalation processes will be utilised to negotiate within the authority up to the highest level to seek resolution and outcomes required for the child.
We have a good retention rate for Independent Reviewing Officers and the reasons they would give for their loyalty to Warwickshire are:
- Working in a passionate and supportive team.
- A supportive and enabling manager.
- Encouragement for training and development.
- Independent working that is flexible and family friendly.
- An accepted approach to independent challenge.
- A good working environment and working conditions
The successful applicant will need a clear understanding of the current responsibilities and challenges within the role of Independent Reviewing officer and be able to evidence their ability to carry out the requirements of the post. 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 will also be key requirements of the post.
Additional Information & How to Apply
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.
For further information about the role please contact Mary Eccleston on 01926 742378 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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