Independent Reviewing Officer

Bosworth House

Job Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 16th September 2019

Salary: £38813 - £41675

Total salary package*: £52924

Job Reference: LCC00622


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Job purpose

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated staff to join our team of Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO).

Based within our Children and Young People’s Safeguarding Unit, you will have responsibility for chairing safeguarding meetings that relate, to, but not limited to meetings such as;

- Looked After Children Reviews
- Other at-risk strategy meetings

In addition, the role is to quality assure the care planning for looked after children to ensure their outcomes are improving to the highest standards. Training and an induction period available to support the post holder.

The successful candidate will work within the IRO service for Looked After Children.

You will

Manage a case load of looked after children’s cases, chair a range of Looked After Children Reviews and take part in a rota system of chairing child protection meetings & support the LADO process (about allegations of harm against adults who work with children).

Demonstrate consistent, high quality, standards of assessment, planning and decision making are maintained, which accord with legislative and regulatory frameworks ie IRO Handbook, Children Act and LSCB and agreed departmental policies and procedures.

Provide independent overview and tracking of children's cases sufficient to ensure good outcomes and safeguards are in place.

Undertake monitoring of meetings and specific audits to contribute to the Department's Quality Assurance programme and assist in analysing data produced.

Requirements of post

Substantial post qualifying experience of working with children and families who are deemed to require statutory social care services.

Experience of chairing complex professional meetings e.g. multi-agency meetings, safeguarding meetings, core group meetings.

Experience of working in a multi-agency environment.

Experience of chairing LAC Reviews, Child Protection Conferences /Core Groups and/or Child in Need meetings

Experience of working to a Signs of Safety /Strengthening Families framework.

CQSW/DipSW qualification (including childcare modules) or equivalent Social Work qualification.

Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Additional information

The salary for this post is £38,813 - £41,675 per annum.

For an informal discussion please contact Julie Jordan on 0116 454 2421 or email

There will be an opportunity to meet with Julie and to find out further information regarding the post on Thursday 12th September 2019 between 5.00pm and 6.30pm at Bosworth House, 9 - 15 Princess Road West, Leicester, LE1 6TH. Please contact Julie in advance to book your slot.

Interview/Assessment Date: 7th October 2019

Post Number: LCC00622

What we can offer you

As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy balance between you work life and your personal life. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave entitlement, membership of the excellent Local Government Pension Scheme and the option of flexible working. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities and career pathways. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including our fantastic salary sacrifice car scheme, big discounts at high-street outlets, childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains, we may also be able help with relocation expenses if you are moving to the City, or need help with commuting costs.


* Please note that the total package number includes pension contribution and full holiday entitlement, including bank holidays.

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Bosworth House

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9-15 Princess Road West


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