Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) Up to £48,474​per annum pro rata + relocation support - Scarborough Area
North Yorkshire
Up to £48,474​per annum pro rata + relocation support
24th Sep, 2023
Job description

Job Title: Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)

Salary: £44,428 to £48,474 per annum pro rata + relocation support
Grade: M
Location: Scarborough and countywide as required 

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time - We very much promote flexible working with the ability to work remotely from a variety of bases as well as from home, whatever makes sense and is suitable to provide the best service. However the post holders will be required to Chair complex meetings across North Yorkshire as required and as set out below.


North Yorkshire Council have a national reputation for excellence and we are looking for Independent Reviewing Officers with a variety of experience and skills. We also welcome those who are looking to relocate.

Are you looking for a challenging and exciting role in a dedicated team? Do you have a passion for ensuring that children and young people receive the best care and support possible? As an IRO in North Yorkshire you will have a key role in ensuring the safety and welfare of children and young people.

This is a great opportunity to become part of a well-established, very experienced team, who are determined to achieve the highest standards of care and safety for children and young people. The successful candidates will be required to work from other parts of North Yorkshire as required. The successful candidate may also be asked to support Regulation 44 Inspection work across North Yorkshire focussing on the children’s homes on a monthly basis and writing the requisite reports.

As a council we are lucky to benefit from access to modern technology enabling staff to work from multiple locations, including working from home. We very much promote flexible working, providing it meet our service needs.

In North Yorkshire IROs are expected to deliver on all aspects of the Independent Reviewing Officer guidance, chairing reviews for looked after children and young people, chairing Child Protection Conferences, undertaking regulation 44 visits to our children’s homes and also annual reviews for Foster Carers. You will have a crucial quality assurance role and will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people and promote high standards of care to those who are looked after by the Local Authority.

Applicants for this post must be a qualified Social Worker/ have a Diploma in Social Work (or equivalent) and be registered with Social Work England.


As an NYC employee, you will have access to our range of benefits. These include retail discounts, salary sacrifice schemes, generous annual leave entitlements – up to 34 days depending on length of continuous service and flexible working hours.


North Yorkshire as a county also benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access to bordering regions such as Yorkshire & Humber, Lincolnshire and East Riding, all of which are easily commutable to our great county, some members of our team travel from surrounding towns and cities including York, Beverley and Whitby.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Kate Reid Group Manager Effective Practice and QA on or Melanie Dadd IRO Manager on 

We welcome individuals looking to relocate, for further information please see our Relocation Policy 


Key dates


Close date: 24th September 2023

Shortlisting: Week of the 25th September 2023

Interview dates: 2nd October 2023 (Interviews will be offered to candidates as and when we receive applications) 


Key documents


 Job Description / Person Specification.pdf

Total Rewards Brochure.pdf


Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post.


NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.


We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

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