Independent Reviewing Officer
Location: We very much promote flexible working with the ability to work remotely from a variety of bases as well as from home, whatever makes sense and is suitable to provide the best service. However the post holders will be required to Chair complex meetings or Inspections across North Yorkshire as required and as set out below.
Hours: We are looking for a full time (37 hours) IRO to work in our Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas and a part time IRO (18.5 hours) to work in our Hambleton and Richmondshire areas, and a part time IRO (18.5 hours) to undertake the Regulation 44, Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015 inspections. Consideration may be given to combining the Regulation 44 hours with the other available IRO hours on request of the successful candidates.
North Yorkshire County Council have a national reputation for excellence and we are looking for Independent Reviewing Officers with a variety of experience and skills. We also welcome those who are looking to relocate.
Are you looking for a challenging and exciting role in a dedicated team? Do you have a passion for ensuring that children and young people receive the best care and support possible? As an IRO in North Yorkshire you will have a key role in ensuring the safety and welfare of children and young people.
This is a great opportunity to become part of a well-established, very experienced team, who are determined to achieve the highest standards of care and safety for children and young people. The successful candidates will be required to work from either the Scarborough base covering the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas or the Northallerton base, covering the Hambleton and Richmondshire areas and also other parts of North Yorkshire as needed. The Regulation 44 Inspection post will work across North Yorkshire and will be responsible for inspecting 2 children’s homes and 3 Children’s Resource Centre’s on a monthly basis and writing the requisite reports.
As a council we are lucky to benefit from access to modern technology enabling staff to work from multiple locations, including working from home. We very much promote flexible working, providing it meet our service needs.
In North Yorkshire IROs are expected to deliver on all aspects of the Independent Reviewing Officer guidance, chairing reviews for looked after children and young people, chairing Child Protection Conferences, undertaking regulation 44 visits to our children’s homes and also annual reviews for Foster Carers. You will have a crucial quality assurance role and will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people and promote high standards of care to those who are looked after by the Local Authority.
The IRO's in North Yorkshire are well known for their friendly and supportive culture. The majority of employees have been part of the service for several years and continue to thrive in their roles. One of our current IRO’s has explained their love for their position in the following words:
“The great thing about being an IRO in North Yorkshire is that I can still use my skills gained as a manager but work directly with children and young people and their families which is why I came into the profession in the first place – perfect!”
Applicants for this post must be a qualified Social Worker, have a Diploma in Social Work (or equivalent) and be registered with Social Work England.
You must also have supervisory experience of supervising professionally qualified staff within a relevant professional setting.
We are seeking applicants with a good understanding of planning for children and excellent communication skills with children, families and professionals. You should have post-qualifying experience of children and family social work including substantial experience in child protection and planning for looked after children. Experience in chairing complex meetings and a good working knowledge of childcare legislation is also required.
As an NYCC employee, you will have access to our range of benefits. These include retail discounts, salary sacrifice schemes, generous annual leave entitlements – up to 33 days depending on length of continuous service and flexible working hours.
North Yorkshire as a county also benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access to bordering regions such as Yorkshire & Humber, Lincolnshire and East Riding, all of which are easily commutable to our great county, some members of our team travel from surrounding towns and cities including York, Beverley and Whitby.
We can also offer a comprehensive relocation scheme that aims to support those relocating to join our service. More details surrounding this can be found on our ‘relocation package’ document.
If you have the necessary skills and experience for this post, we look forward to hearing from you.
For an informal discussion about this post, please contact the IRO Team managers:
Dave Taylor - 07815576139
Angela Murray – 07814016089
We welcome individuals looking to relocate, for further information please see our Relocation Policy
Visit our dedicated campaign site for further information on our Children & Families Service.
Close date: Midnight Sunday 19th September 2021
Shortlisting: Week commencing 20th September 2021
Interview date: TBC
We look forward to exploring your interest and receiving your application.
Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post.
NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.
We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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