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Independent Reviewing Officer - Children's Services - Permanent

Job Type:
Social Work
Children and Families Services, Child Protection, Looked After Children
South East
£47,631 to £52,871 per annum
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Independent Reviewing Officer - Children's Services - Permanent - Buckinghamshire - £47,631 - £52,871p/a

A vacancy has become available in Buckinghamshire County Council for an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO). If you have experience of working with Looked after Children and Child Protection at a Senior Practitioner level, this is the perfect opportunity to springboard your career.

Your main task will be to review and monitor care plans and to tackle delays in care planning. You’ll chair statutory reviews and alert managers to any issues. Though rigour is vital, it’s also important that you can work collaboratively, offering a constructive critical perspective. 

Offices are based in Aylesbury (North), Amersham & High Wycombe (South), with the south offices only a 25 minute train journey from Central London (Marylebone Station).

Benefits of working for Buckinghamshire council include:

  • £2,125 bonus payment
  • Up to £8,000 Relocation Package
  • Up to £600 paid towards Car Allowance
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Discounts on O2 phone contracts
  • Flexible working arrangements - different work patterns, sabbatical's & job sharing
  • Generous annual leave (22 - 27 days with 5 extra days after 5 years’ service)
  • You can apply to buy up to 2 weeks’ additional leave per year
  • 5 days' dedicated development & training days a year
  • High performance and our Contribution Based Pay scheme means that those who demonstrate exceeding or outstanding performance may also be eligible for a bonus payment

Duties of an IRO include:

  • Being the allocated IRO for Looked after Children, chairing all their statutory reviews
  • Monitoring effectiveness of Care Plans for children by inspecting them at regular intervals and bringing to the notice of the relevant manager any shortfalls in practice or resources
  • Providing appropriate challenge to local authority planning for individual children according to the requirements of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review regulations 2011 and relevant government guidance
  • Being a member of relevant multi-agency and internal Children's Services working groups, as required, chairing such groups where appropriate
  • Contributing to training both for Children's Social Care staff and staff from other agencies as well as the voluntary sector as required

Essential requirements:

  • A social work degree or equivalent 
  • HCPC registration
  • Previous experience working as an IRO in a children's social work setting
  • Eligibility to work in the UK

For more information please email

Contact Details:
Tel: 0161 974 1673
Contact: Zoe Davenport

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