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Child Protection Advisor/Independent Reviewing Officer

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 20/10/2020 23:59
£42,821 - £46,845
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
County Hall

Job details 

Closing date:
20 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Independent Reviewing Officer/Child Protection Advisor

The Council
Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.
For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service
Children’s Services/Children’s Social Care / Safeguarding Unit is based a County Hall in Morpeth and cover the whole of Northumberland we operate an Agile Working Policy. The team consists of 10 FTE IRO/Conference Chairs and admin support. You report to the IRO Safeguarding Manager. The post is full time 37 hours per week.

The role
To chair Child Protection Conferences and Looked After Reviews for those children who have been identified, or those children who are likely to be identified as being in need of a permanent family placement other than with their birth parents, supporting children whose future is likely to be secured by Adoption or long term fostering.

To provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations. Liaise with the police and other agencies to ensure the safe management of allegations made about adults that support the child.

To contribute to the development of planning, review and monitoring processes aimed at tracking and securing timely permanence for children. To assist in developing and contributing to the quality assurance of all aspects of practice, planning, policy and procedural processes in relation to child protection, adoption and permanence. To take a lead role for promoting links with key teams, managers and professionals directly responsible for making decisions and progressing planning for permanence.

Ensuring high quality performance through reviewing and planning systems that safeguard children and young people within the Looked After system. To provide safeguarding advice and consultation to staff in complex Looked After Children and Child Protection cases.

We are offering:
- A starting salary of £42,821 (Band 10)
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
- Flexible working arrangements

Essential requirements:
- A professional social work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW, CSS
- Valid HCPC registration.
- Evidence of CPD.
- Knowledge of child development and issues around work with families and children.
- including safeguarding and child protection.
- Detailed knowledge of Children’s legislation.
- Up to date understanding of the key issues and relevant theoretical background facing
professional child care social workers, particularly related to children’s safeguarding and
looked after children.

More details can be found in the attached job description and person specification.

For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see attached notes

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk

The closing date is 20 October 2020 at midnight

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