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Independent Reviewing Officer & Child Protection Conference Chair HCC53550

Job Details:


Salary Range: £41,562 - £46,776 per annum
Work location: Havant Plaza, Havant 
Hours per week: 37 
Contract type: Permanent or Temporary for 1 year
Closing date:  31 January 2021 
Interview date: February 2021, date to be confirmed 
Contact details for an informal discussion: Please contact Karen Cairns, Lead Independent Reviewing Officer on 07721127869

“My IRO makes sure what’s said is done.” … Could you be that IRO?


(Quote from a report from the Children’s Rights Director for England entitled, ‘Children on Independent Reviewing Officers’)


As an IRO you will carry out statutory reviews for children in care and chair Child Protection Conferences (CPCs). You'll take the lead in promoting and further developing high standards in review processes and CPCs through quality assurance monitoring and training within Children's Services and with partner agencies. You will need to have good knowledge of Care Planning and Reviewing regulations and the IRO handbook as well as a good understanding of current safeguarding and child protection issues, underpinning guidance and legislation.


You must be a Social Work England Registered Social Worker, with significant experience in children's settings. Above all, you must be able to demonstrate your passion and commitment to improving outcomes for the children and young people who are in Hampshire's care or subject of a Child Protection Plan.


Please note that as part of your role, you will be expected to attend ‘Child Looked After’ (CLA) reviews across the whole of Hampshire and other areas where children are placed.


For further information about the role responsibilities and selection criteria, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.


Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such and as per safer recruitment requirements for Children's Services, please note we will take up references prior to interview.


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.


We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.



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