Job details

Reference number - 1560-1862

Location - Portsmouth

Salary - Band 12: £41,966 to £45,719 p.a.

Job type/hours - Temporary/Permanent, full-time (37 hours per week)

Closing time/date - 4.00pm on Friday 16 March 2018

1 x 37 hours per week perm post and 1 x 29.60 (0.8) secondment/temporary opportunity for up to 6 months.
Please indicate on your application which post you are interested in.

Portsmouth Local Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

The Independent Reviewing Officer is a key role in quality assuring the care plans and interventions for children looked after. The role offers independent oversight of cases to ensure there is high quality, timely and effective multi agency work being undertaken that will address the needs of children and young people and secure positive outcomes. The Independent Reviewing Officer should be confident to provide constructive professional criticism to promote good practice and to ensure that plans are progressed in a timely way. 

The Independent Reviewing Officer adheres to the guidance outlined in the IRO Handbook. There is a requirement that children are consulted prior to reviews as well as being supported to attend the review. The dispute resolution process is used to effectively challenge concerns over practice and care planning. 

The Independent Reviewing Officers use restorative practice to work in a positive way with children, families and carers to ensure that they are able to fully contribute to the development of the Care Planning. 

What would you be doing?

Your case load will predominantly be acting as an IRO for children who are looked after. Subject to operational requirements there may be a need for you to chair some child protection conferences or LADO meetings. These are for a range of children and young people. 

You will need to be responsible for the overall process of chairing meetings and ensuring that you use a restorative practice approach, that there is sound risk analysis and that plans and decisions are robust, made in the child’s best interests and clear to all those involved.

You will be responsible for monitoring the progression of plans and highlighting and addressing drift in planning through Portsmouth's dispute resolution process.

There are at present 5.5 Independent Reviewing Officers and this role is a temporary role to support the team through a period of IRO's being on secondment to other posts within the Service. 

The team has been consistently staffed for a number of years and we would welcome a temporary member of staff to join us. 

The IRO's work as a team to manage the workload and provide professional support and advice to operational teams and multi-agency partners. For each aspect of the role it will be important to fulfil the requirements of the role professionally and objectively when acting on behalf of the authority, in conjunction with a range of other agencies. 

As part of the Children & Families Social Care and Safeguarding management team you will be involved in business planning and working with other agencies in the city. 

Working in partnership with service users, carers and a wide range of staff from our own and other organisations is key to all of our work and an essential role in this post. 

If applying as a secondment you will need permission from your current line manager releasing you for this secondment. Please state you have this on your application form.

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How to apply

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