Independent Reviewing Officer

Location North Yorkshire
Salary £24.67 - £27.70 per hour
The Children and Young People’s Service provide services which follow from specific legislation, including the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004 as well as other Government guidance and policy. We are committed to providing good quality services to support children young people and their families. The post holder will operate in an environment of transformational change and innovation, be able to manage change in a time of financial constraints and have the confidence to promote the voice of children and young people in both the delivery and development of services. Other key requirements are: -  To have a commitment to shared values and the common purpose of developing a culture of interagency working; including statutory bodies, third and private sector organisations.  To ensure that strategic visions are translated into local plans in collaboration with professionals, partners and service users.  To be able to undertake the duties of the role within a very rural environment which will include regular travelling to meeting venues some of which may be in isolated rural settings  To be able to provide the service in accordance with the needs of children and young people which may involve working outside normal office hours.  Enhanced DBS and registration with the HCPC required. Job specifics The core and focus of the IRO role is to ensure that timely and effective plans are made to meet the needs of children and young people with regard to their care and protection and to ensure that their wishes and feelings are taken account in planning and decision making as well as with regard to the development and improvement of services. The post holder will chair looked after children’s meetings and act as independent chairperson for child protection conferences as well as undertaking more complex reviews of Foster Carers. A key function of the role is to drive change and improve outcomes for children and young people through challenge and through recognising and promoting effective practice. The post holder will monitor the performance of the local authority in relation to the child’s case, ensuring the quality and timeliness of assessments and plans are appropriate to the needs and wishes of the child and that the delivery of plans is on track. Where this is deemed not to be the case, the post holder will ensure that a robust, detailed and Service and job specific context statement Directorate: Children and Young People's Service Service: IRO Service Post title: Independent Reviewing Officer Grade: Band 15 Responsible to: IRO Manager Staff managed: None Date of issue: November 2016 Job family: P&T - Professional & Technical evidenced level of challenge is provided which holds practitioners, operational managers and strategic managers to account across the local authority and partner agencies. The post holder will contribute to the improvement of outcomes for Looked After Children by undertaking reviews of Foster Carers and contributing to monitoring and reporting with regard to the quality of the North Yorkshire County Council placement provision to ensure that services inspected comply with relevant regulations and National Minimum Standards.