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Independent Reviewing Officer (Children Looked After)

Social Care

Children's Services

Oldham Council

Independent Reviewing Officer for Children Looked After

People and Place

Ref: G9/OL-68564

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £40,578 - £44,524 per annum (Grade 9)

Hours: 36.66 per week

Based: Oldham Safeguarding Unit, Rock Street Centre, Oldham, OL1 3UJ

Closing Date: Sunday 2nd October 2022

Interview Dates: Thursday 20th October 2022

Job Description & Person Specification.doc

Service Overview:

In Oldham we have high aspirations to achieve the very best outcomes for children and their families and to sustain them in their communities to live their best lives. We aim to ensure that all children and young people grow up in a safe and secure environment which meets their diverse needs and in which they can thrive. Our approach is to develop children and families’ strengths and resilience, and we put them at the heart of everything we do, both as a Council and as an inter-agency partnership.

We are looking for a skilled and motivated individual to join our Team of Independent Reviewing Officers located within Oldham’s Safeguarding Unit. The Team has a critical role in ensuring that care planning for Children Looked After and Care Leavers is effective, delivers high quality support and permanency and that children and young people achieve their full potential.

In the role you will build a strong, supportive relationship with the Children Looked After and Care Leavers on your caseload and chair their statutory reviews, including children placed for adoption, ensuring the swift preparation of minutes. You will develop respectful and constructive working relationships with the child’s social worker or personal adviser and all partners and be able to challenge drift and delay where this occurs. We expect the postholder to promote the voice of the child and support active participation.

On occasion, you may be asked to chair Initial Child Protection Conference and Reviews taking the lead role in conference management and establishing the plan for any actions needed by all relevant agencies, where service demand requires this.

Key Responsibilities:

Chairing multi agency CLA review meetings and child protection conferences (as required)

Maintain oversight of children and young people’s care plans to ensure progression of plans and impact for children and young people.

Ensure that the child’s voice is heard in care planning and that plans are reflective of this.

Our Offer to You:

We want the very best professionals who share our determination to make a real

difference to children’s lives and you will be rewarded for your expertise. Our range of benefits includes:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  •  Employee Assistance Scheme
  • Flexible and agile working arrangements
  • A bespoke workplace designed for social workers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Fit for Oldham Scheme which offers free health and fitness opportunities
  • Employee discount card
  • Essential Car User Allowance for designated posts with fully subsidised parking
  • An Employment Assistance Scheme that provides 24 hours access to advice and support
  • Paid leave (up to 31 days excluding bank holidays dependent on length of service and opportunity to buy extra leave through the council’s purchase scheme)

Key Requirements

In order to apply for this exciting position, we need you to have:

  • A DIPSW or degree level social work.
  • Social Work England Registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Ability to use IT equipment and application
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Willingness to improve practice of self and others
  • An enhanced DBS checks
  • Full Driving license

About Us:

For more information about the Oldham Council, please visit:  

Working with Oldham

Leading Oldham

Oldham - A great place to live

Staff Benefits

Oldham 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.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS and Requires Registration to the DBS Update Service.  If successful, you will be required to register to the DBS Update Service to enable the Council to undertake rechecks throughout your employment.  The cost to register is £13 and can be claimed back upon commencement to the role but will not be refunded if you do not accept the offer of employment. 

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