Child Protection Chair / Independent Reviewing Officer Coordinator
About the role
Surrey County Council has a fantastic opportunity for experienced social work managers to join our quality and performance division. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed and passionate workers who are interested in the challenges of working in a busy, professional environment. We are driving forward improvements in practice across Surrey and our CPCs & IROs will play a key role in improving outcomes for Surrey's most vulnerable children.
You will offer the management oversight and supervision for a team of approximately seven Independent Reviewing Officers with a mixed workload of Child Protection and Looked After Children.
The Child Protection and Independent Reviewing service are a team of approximately 30 within the Quality and Performance Division of Children Services.
Consistency of practice will be managed within a team of four Service Coordinators based at locations across surrey with an overall team of 30 IROs & CPCs ensuring that all aspects of Child Protection/IRO statutory guidance is well implemented across the department and amongst partner agencies.
You will have oversight for ensuring that each child has a comprehensive care plan that meets their needs in line with an agreed timescale and within relevant statutory and departmental policies.
The role will also carry various quality assurance functions in relation to departmental and interagency casework practice with the aim of ensuring consistency of practice.
The Council is invested in training staff in the 'family safeguarding model', motivational interviewing as well as investing in support to develop systems thinking in practice in Surrey. Your development will be supported by regular supervision as well as a range of coaching, e-learning and other reflection and learning opportunities.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Experience of strategic management with an in-depth knowledge of national legislation and policy agenda for children services
- An ability to provide operational guidance and decision making with a knowledge and experience of child protection and Looked After processes
- HCPC registered
- A social Work degree
For more information, please find the full job description attached at the bottom of this advert.
For an informal discussion please contact Senay Nidai on .
We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28th February 2020 with interviews to follow.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.