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Independent Reviewing Officer/Child Protection Chair OCC263990

Job details


Salary range: £51,774 - £54,880 pro-rata, per annum
Work location: Abbey House, Abingdon - with agile working 
Hours per week: Full time or part time - we are open to discussions about flexible working  
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: Sunday 3rd July 2022

Interview date: TBC


Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check



We have successfully recruited to the Oxfordshire IRO/CP Chair Team and now need just one more successful applicant, interested?

We are looking for experienced, efficient and enthusiastic Independent Reviewing Officers/Child Protection Chairs to join our busy Quality Assurance Service, made up of 18 FTE experienced CP Chairs and IROs working across the county in three bases.


About us


We are proud of our “Good” Ofsted rating in Oxfordshire. This is a fantastic time to join us, as Oxfordshire County Council is transforming the way it helps frontline social workers support children and families by implementing a new model of practice. The Quality Assurance service is excited to be part of this innovation as it strives to improve the quality of service we deliver to Children We Care For and who are subject to child protection plans.


About you


To be successful in the role, you will be able to demonstrate experience of having successfully managed a workload of complex children and families, preferably in a management role, through times of change, achieving good outcomes for children and young people. 


A professional social work qualification and current Social Work England registration is essential as is a thorough understanding of the legal framework underpinning statutory social work with children, and significant related work experience in this field. Specific knowledge of the legal and practice responsibilities of IROs will be needed, along with experience of driving improvements in practice.  


You will be well organised, conscientious, and able to demonstrate good ICT skills and understanding of data which contributes to delivery of our statutory service. You will show you can balance this with the ability to communicate positively with colleagues and multi-agency partners whilst delivering a high-quality service.


In return we can offer you


  • A supportive and inclusive team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions supported by regular supervision.
  • An agile working environment with a tailored induction plan. 
  • A wide variety of learning & development, coaching & mentoring and career development opportunities through our learning zone.
  • A staff discount scheme for a range of retailers; holidays; insurance; eating out; health & leisure activities and rail travel. 
  • 24 – 32 days  annual leave each year and an excellent pension scheme including up to 19% employer contributions. 


Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role please contact David Taylor, Service Manager on 07912 474 393 or



Application Procedure


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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation 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 these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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