IRO-CONFERENCE AND REVIEW MANAGER

Location Staffordshire
Salary £37.00 - £39.50 per hour
Discipline
IRO - CONFERENCE AND REVIEW MANAGER
Objectives of the Post


 To act as one of the lead managers for the Child Protection and for children looked after Conference and Reviewing system.  To develop and ensure good, consistent and effective practice for children looked after or children requiring child protection plans. To Chair Child Protection Conferences, Strategy Meetings following allegations against professional carers, LAC Reviews, Foster Carer and Adopters’ Reviews and to contribute to the development of policy and practice. To monitor and review practice within Children’s Services and to provide professional advice and guidance to senior managers, senior officers, elected members and partner agencies on child protection procedures, legislation and good practice in relation to Looked After Children.

Key Tasks:

  • To act as an independent Chair for relevant meetings in respect of the Child Protection and Looked After Children systems. These include Looked After Children reviews, foster carer and adopters’ reviews, child protection conferences and professional carer’s strategy meetings
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  • To promote full participation of children and their families in the child protection and Looked After Children processes.
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  • To ensure high quality practice, sensitive to the needs of looked after children and children requiring child protection plans.
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  • To ensure that diversity is valued and promoted.
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  • To ensure all work undertaken is in accordance with statutory requirements, Directorate and Local Safeguarding Children Board policy and guidelines.
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  • To contribute to the work of inter-agency forums including the Safeguarding Children Board
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  • To facilitate problem resolution concerning a child’s Care or Protection Plan. This can involve complex and contentious childcare issues that can lead to reviews of policies and procedures within the Directorate.
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  • To be responsible for ensuring that relevant advice and guidance in the Directorate, Council and from external agencies and organisations is effectively implemented.
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  • To ensure that Child Care and Protection Plans are reviewed regularly, and in accordance with Policy and guide lines, and to use information and experience gained to develop good practice.
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  • To ensure that case recording complies with Directorate policy and national guidance.
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  • To establish quality assurance systems and carry out an auditing role to ensure compliance with service standards in relation to child protection and looked after children. This involves presenting regular monitoring reports to senior managers in the Directorate.
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  • To develop and maintain systems to ensure statistical returns and reports are produced as required, and to make use of Management Information systems, including information technology and to undertake training as necessary.
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  • To represent or deputise for the Service Manager Safeguarding & Review.
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  • In conjunction with other child care colleagues and with Training to identify training needs and facilitate or participate in the development and delivery of training programmes.
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  • To ensure that children and their families are informed of their right to advocacy and to complain about or compliment the service they receive.
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  • To assist Looked After Children to seek legal advice regarding applications for contact or discharge of Care Orders in conjunction with the Social Worker.
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  • To develop and maintain effective partnership working across the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors so that appropriate resources may be identified and mobilised for the benefit of individuals.
  • To work in a flexible manner in carrying out any other appropriate duties.