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Northumberland, North East
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27 September 2019
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If your passion is in social care don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to work within this outstanding authority. Northumberland County Council is currently looking for an Independent Reviewing Officer to join team for three month contract with the view to extend.. The post holder will act as an IRO ensuring high quality performance through reviewing and planning systems that safeguard Children and Young people most at risk and within the Looked after system.

As well as being a supportive authority Northumberland offers:
* Clear progression routes
* Easy transport links
* Located in the Town Centre
* Easy access to local amenities
* Provided with a work phone & tablet from the outset of contract
* Access to all training course available to permanent staff members

Benefits of Randstad
* An unlimited referral incentive, £300 voucher for anyone you refer to us
* Full range of training available
* Support & training in line with HCPC
* A committed & dedicated consultant

This full time position offers an attractive hourly rate of up to £231.50 a day (Umbrella)


* To chair inter-agency child protection conferences, strategy meetings and reviews in accordance with 'Working Together' guidance and procedure.
* To chair reviews of arrangements for looked after Children in accordance with the IRO regulations, to review Pathway Plans of eligible young people as appropriate.
* To chair Foster Care Reviews in accordance with the Fostering regulations.
* To promote the involvement and participation of children and young people, parents and carers in planning and decision making.
* To ensure well crafted and accurate records of meetings are produced and distributed efficiently and in timescale.
* To carry out monthly visits to Children's Homes in accordance with Regulation 33 of the Children's Homes Regulations 2001.
* To contribute to the work of the Local Safeguarding Children's Board and its sub groups and provide reports.
* To assist in the development of quality assurance and performance management arrangements within the Children's Services Directorate.
* To carry out audit and reviews of practice and outcomes for service users and contribute to service development.
* To provide advice and consultation for staff in Northumberland working with children and young people.
* To contribute to the training and staff development programme as required.
* To provide supervision and support of administrative staff.
* To act as Local Authority Designated Officer as required, chairing strategy meetings, making appropriate records of discussions and following cases through when appropriate.
* To carry out reviews of children and young people who are the responsibility of Northumberland and are held in Secure Accommodation.
* Promote and safeguard the welfare and wellbeing of clients in accordance with service systems, procedures and standards.
* To develop and maintain systems and reviewing practices designed to ensure safeguarding is of the highest standard and capable of withstanding external scrutiny.
* To address directly and decisively any safeguarding or planning/ performance issues that raise concern in accordance with the organisations policies and procedures.
* Responsibility for peer evaluation of effectiveness of service provision and quality standards.
* To undertake independent quality assurance programmes of front line Social Work practice and residential care
* To produce reports for internal requirements and external scrutiny at FACT Board and LSCB level.
* Develop integrated approaches with partner agencies in meeting the safeguarding needs of children subject to CP plans or looked after in accordance with statutory requirements and corporate directives.
* To assist in the formulation, monitoring and development of policies and guidance relating to services.

The successful candidate must

* Degree or equivalent relevant professional qualification.
* Recognised and appropriate professional qualification in Social Work e.g. CQSW/Dip SW
* Current GSCC registration.
* Strong working knowledge of Legislative frameworks and statutory guidance relevant to Children's services
* Solid understanding of Government drivers including Working Together etc.
* Extensive knowledge of Child protection work, causal factors and Social Work methodologies
* Knowledge of Risk assessment models and processes
* Knowledge of Quality assurance methodologies
* Knowledge of current research and academic theory relating to Child protection and looked after children
* Extensive understanding of child care and development.

If you wish to apply for this role or would like to discuss other opportunities available within social care please contact Ethan Proud on 01912331381 or email

Randstad Care acts as an employment business when supplying temporary staff and as an employment agency when introducing candidates for permanent employment with a client. Randstad Care is an equal opportunities employer and decisions are made on merits alone.

Did you know that Randstad Care have been awarded a place on the National Clinical Staffing Framework for the NHS? This means we will be able to bring you more opportunities within nursing & midwifery and clinical staffing.