Independent Reviewing Officer / Conference Chair (2 posts)
£46,549 - £49,590 pro rata
25th Nov, 2022
Job description

1x37 hours

1x30 hours

This is an exciting opportunity to join Barnsley Children’s Safeguarding Service and have a key role in driving planning and promoting positive outcomes for our children and young people. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed and experienced social workers who are passionate about the wellbeing of our vulnerable children to join our well established team of IRO/CP Chairs.

You will be responsible for chairing Child Protection Conferences and Looked After Reviews. Your primary focus will be to oversee and quality assure the care planning and review process for each child. This involves understanding and promoting the child’s voice and driving plans that are aspirational for children. ensuring that planning for each child is of the highest standard

You will need substantial experience in statutory social work with children and families, of chairing complex meetings and of working within a multi agency framework. You will have a thorough working knowledge of the legal framework relating to child protection and looked after children, including Care Planning Regulations and the duties and responsibilities of the IRO as set out in the IRO Handbook.

You will join a very busy but supportive and committed team and play a full part in its operation of ensuring the effective safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of vulnerable children and young people in Barnsley. We are focussed on improving outcomes for children, developing ways to improve reviewing the plans for looked after children and managing child protection conferences.

We are an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ authority, committed to the support and development of our social workers. You will receive regular supervision, appraisal, training and development opportunities, all aimed at promoting positive outcomes for children and supporting your career development and progression.

Here at Barnsley, we live and work by four important values: honesty, teamwork, excellent service, and taking pride in what we do. As part of our team, you can be assured we will support you in striving for excellence in your work. We prioritise learning and enabling you to achieve your potential. So we’ve created a development process that lets you grow in the way that suits you - whether that’s training to be a leader, or learning flexibly online. That’s one of the reasons why we achieved IIP Gold, and why you’ll find your career here inspiring and rewarding.

For further information please contact Louise Danks, Service Manager Safeguarding   [email protected]

Please ensure you view the job profile for this role, as you will need to demonstrate in your application form how you meet the required criteria. 

We welcome the opportunity to have a chat about the role and are happy to address any questions you may have about flexible working arrangements, including as a result of caring responsibilities.

Barnsley Council is passionate about Equal Opportunities and Flexible Working. We're committed to equality and diversity in all aspects of our work and welcome candidates with a broad diversity of talent. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Click here for more information.

CVs will not be accepted.

The successful candidate will be required to speak English to an appropriate standard.

This post requires an Enhanced DBS Check 

 If you are currently living overseas or have lived overseas in the last five years please be aware, if you are the preferred candidate for the post, you will be required to apply for an overseas criminal records check from the country/countries you have resided in.  If you experience difficulty in obtaining an overseas criminal record check please email [email protected]

Pensions Regulations have provisions to reduce pension payments in certain circumstances of those who return to work within local government service.  If you are in receipt of a pension upon commencing employment with the authority, this may affect your pension entitlements and you should therefore seek advice from the relevant Pensions Authority.

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