INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICER/CHILD PROTECTION CONFERENCE CHAIRS
2 x Full Time (36 hours) Permanent post
Salary - MM2 £48,078 - £61,496
The Enfield Safeguarding and Quality Service is looking to appoint 1.5 Independent Reviewing Officer/Child Protection Conference Chairs on a permanent basis. You will be responsible for chairing Child Protection Conferences, Looked After Reviews, as well as supporting the Lado in managing allegations against staff.
Your primary focus will be to quality assure the care planning and review process for each child. This involves fully considering the wishes and feelings of children and ensuring that planning for them is of the highest standard
You will need substantial management experience in statutory social work with children and families and of chairing complex meetings. You will have a thorough working knowledge of the legal framework relating to child protection and looked after children, including Care Planning Regulations and the duties and responsibilities of the IRO as set out in the IRO Handbook.
You will join a very busy but supportive and committed team and play a full part in its operation of ensuring the effective safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of vulnerable children and young people in Enfield. We are focussed on improving outcomes for children, developing ways to improve reviewing the plans for looked after children and managing child protection conferences. Commitment to helping maintain the existing excellent standards of the Service, and in meeting our statutory responsibilities around timescales and deadlines is essential.
We use the signs of safety tool to inform our care planning, the hybrid model for child protection conferences, face to face meetings for looked after reviews, and, Covid 19 permitting, are moving towards pre- Covid arrangements for both child protection conferences and looked after reviews. Most of the children services workforce will be based on one building in Enfield town towards the end of 2022.
In the OFSTED Inspection (2019), Inspectors “saw clear evidence of IROs intervening and advocating appropriately” for Looked After Children.
You are required to hold a relevant social work qualification and SW accreditation.
How to apply:
This role requires that you upload 2 documents - in the "Document upload" section of the online application form.
1. A supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of the job description and person specification. Your supporting statement should be around 2 pages in A4 format.
2. Full work history document completed since leaving full time education, as this is a safeguarding role and requires you to work with Children and/or vulnerable adults.
Why it's great to work for Enfield Council:
- An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
- Up to 31 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
- A blend of remote and office based working for most roles.
- Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
- Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
- Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
- Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.
We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you - and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working, click here to find out more.
Enfield’s Social Care Centre of Excellence confirms our commitment to creating and maintaining an environment for new and existing staff to be the best and deliver high quality social work to our most vulnerable children and young people. It brings our recruitment, professional development and support into the one portal for social care staff to see what we have to offer and how we are supporting them to continue to learn and develop on a professional basis. For more information please visit https://new.enfield.gov.uk/centreofexcellence/about-us/
Closing and Interview Dates
This post will remain open until it is filled or no longer available. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis. If you are interested, we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible as once a suitable candidate is sourced, the vacancy will be withdrawn.
For an informal discussion, please contact Andreas Kyriacou, Service Manager, Phone: (0)2081320369, Mobile: 07958 662072 or Maria Anastasi, Head of Service, on 020 8132 0373 or 07908139506.
If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact Farida Uddin on 0208 132 1027 or email@example.com.
"This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment”.