Our clients in York are seeking an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) for a temporary assignment in their Children’s team.

The role is to :-

  • Chair Child Protection conferences, Child Care reviews and Child In Need meetings;
  • Quality assure the planning and review process in respect of Child in Need Plans, Child Protection Plans and Care Plans for Children and Young People in Care;
  • Monitor the performance of local authority functions in relation to these cases in accordance with statutory regulation, guidance, and procedures;
  • Ensure that local authority interventions safeguard and promote the welfare of the child, are proportionate to and reflect the child’s assessed needs, take into account the child’s ascertainable wishes and feelings and ensure that the actions set out in the plan are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-limited) and consistent with the local authority’s statutory responsibilities towards the child;
  • Provide an independent review of those involved in the operational delivery of services, monitor the progress of plans, make decisions to amend plans as necessary and resolve any disputes arising out of the care planning process;

You should have:-

  • A qualification in Social Work: CQSW, DipSW or equivalent and HCPC (Health and Care Professionals Council) registration;
  • Substantial post qualification experience of working in statutory Children’s Services Social Work, and good knowledge of the law relating to Child in Need, Children in Need of Protection and Children and Young People in Care, Care Leavers and Fostering and Adoption;
  • Confidence and ability to work constructively with senior managers, offering a critical perspective and appropriate challenge;
  • Experience of chairing meetings to a high standard, including the management and resolution of conflict;
  • An ability to communicate effectively and constructively with children and their parents/carers, often in hostile situations, using a solution focussed approach;
  • A good understanding of the personal and social circumstances that lead families to need support services including an understanding of alcohol, drug and substance abuse, neglect, domestic abuse and adult mental health;
  • A strong commitment to delivering anti-discriminatory non-oppressive services.


This temporary role is for upto 3 months in the first instance. Pay will depend on experience, in the range £20 to £35 an hour.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all WorkwithYork staff to share this commitment. Ideally you should therefore have a current valid DBS registered with the Update Service, otherwise we will require successful applicants to undertake an online Enhanced Criminal Records check via DBS.

Please apply using our application form or upload your CV (with full employment history and contact details of at least two referees – one of whom should be your current or more recent employer).

For an informal discussion about this roles please call Karen Bull at WorkwithYork on 01904 554675.



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