Independent Reviewing Officer - Merton - £48,819 - £51,837 per annum
We are currently looking for an experienced Independent Reviewing Officer (social work qualified) to join a fantastic team in Merton. This is an excellent opportunity for a Social Worker to take on a non-case holding position. This is an exciting opportunity to work in an exciting, motivated, and experienced team. Merton's children's services are judged to be Good by Ofsted.
The successful IRO will be joining an expanding service to chair child protection case conferences, children in care reviews and complex child in need meetings.
The benefits of this Consultant Social Worker role:
* Excellent learning and development programme - with a genuine commitment to your progression, with a structured career progression scheme
* Manageable caseloads
* Appreciation and recognition
* Car allowance
* Golden hello - for new starters within eligible teams in Children's services, they offer a £1500 welcome payment, with half payable on arrival and the other half payable after successful completion of probationary period.
* Pension - all employees are automatically entered into the Local Government Pension Scheme from their first day.
* Annual Leave - entitlement starts at 26 days annual leave per annum, which rises to 31 days after 5 years continuous local government service. Bank holidays are on top of this.
* Relocation package - they offer a relocation package for those who may be relocating in order to join us. If eligible, you may be reimbursed up to £12,000.
* Staff recognition - annual staff excellence awards programme, where staff are invited to nominate colleagues who regularly provide excellent service. The winners are invited to attend an awards evening for dinner and to collect their award. A great night is always had by all!
* Anyone for tennis? - being the host borough to the Wimbledon tennis championships each year, staff are invited to enter an annual ballot for the opportunity to get tickets. The money raised by the nominal entrance fee goes to the Mayor's charity.
Key job duties as a Consultant Social Worker:
* Chairing independently initial and review child protection conferences, children looked after reviews, Child Sexual Exploitation Conferences, and disruption meetings.
* Provision of professional consultancy, guidance and expert professional advice to managers and practitioners.
* Monitoring, developing, and promoting consistently high practice standards in the implementation and interpretation of child protection; looked after children and child in need, statutory policy, guidance, and procedures.
* Ensuring that all child protection/contextual safeguarding initial and review conferences and looked after reviews are within the statutory time limits and conform to statutory guidelines.
* Responsible for ensuring the continuous improvement in standards of practice in relation to child protection, child in need and looked after children.
* In line with the IRO Handbook and through the local dispute resolution process, ensure that children's plans are timely, of the highest quality and in the best interests of children and young people. (This includes, when required, entering into the Dispute Resolution Process (DRP) and resolving and/or escalating concerns about the quality of services provided to children and young people to the highest level including the Children's Director, the Chief Executive of the Local Authority and to CAFCASS in line with the chapter 6 of the IRO Handbook).
Essential requirements of this Consultant Social Worker role:
* Social Work Qualification (master's in social work or Social Work BA/BSc, Diploma in Social Work, CQSW)
* Registered as a social worker with Social Work England (SWE) and compliant with the regulators professional standards.
* Holds a Post Qualifying award in social work or systemic social work practice with Children, Young people, Families and Carers (specialist post qualifying award in social work)
* Experience of chairing meetings and quality assuring the delivery of services to children in care, child protection and complex child in need
* You need to be highly organised
* A sound knowledge of local and national policies and procedures
* The legal right to work in the UK