Independent Reviewing Officer & Child Protection Chair

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£35,437 to £47,337 p.a.
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About Us

Swindon is bold and ambitious in its plans, with a clear vision and direction for the future. Our status as one of the UK’s fastest growing towns is driving transformational change led by our newly appointed Chief Executive Susie Kemp, through the Swindon Programme.

The IRO and CP Chair Service in Swindon is not afraid of having difficult conversations which challenge practice of professionals, families and young people. We are committed to achieving compliance with all of our regulatory obligations including the IRO Handbook.

We have developed a strong culture of talking to our young people. We started by setting up Young People’s Challenge Groups to inform us as to how to deliver our work in ways that make a real difference to children’s lives, their participation and to change what is unhelpful.

We are now entering the next exciting phase of our development which includes the role of Participation Officer and a Care Leavers Apprenticeship being based within our service.  This part of our service will be leading and moving forward the work with our Children in Care Council, Children in Care Awards Annual Ceremony and social events for young people in care and their carers.

We can offer you the opportunity of a well-paid return from management to creative practice. You will be working directly and innovatively with children and their families to make the changes that they say will make a real difference.

Good communication skills are essential as you use your skills to help children and their family’s to participate in meetings and achieve the best outcomes possible. Experience of chairing meetings is highly desirable.

This is a vital and important role and we are inviting applications from those who are HCPC registered, have a degree in social work (or equivalent), have relevant management experience in social work, and have excellent knowledge of relevant child care legislation and procedures.

Our new offer to you

We recognise that getting the best outcomes for our Children means getting the best from you and we have listened to what our Social Workers most value.

As a result, we are delighted to launch our revised offer, to include:

  • £3000 “golden hello” payment after 1 years’ service
  • Retention payments of £2000 after completing 2 years’ service and a further £2000 after 3 years’ service
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000 (eligibility criteria)
  • Competitive salaries
  • Free car parking at our central Swindon campus
  • A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service
  • Leisure and Legal Services discounts
  • Eating Out, Shopping and Entertainment discounts
  • Flexible working

Candidates must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act – for the effective performance of a customer-facing role).

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