Independent Reviewing Officer
City of York Council is seeking a suitably experienced candidate, with social work qualification, to join an established team working alongside multi agency colleagues to help achieve best outcomes for children in care and subject to safeguarding interventions.
The successful candidate will have experience working as both an Independent Reviewing Officer and chair of Child Protection Conferences.
You will be an authoritative, self-motivated, conscientious and innovative worker, with excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work flexibly to tight deadlines.
You will be able to quickly analyse complex information, promote reflective discussion, formulate hypothesis and working collaboratively with others to facilitating SMART, outcome focused planning.
You will be skilled at engaging in direct work with children of all ages and passionate about promoting children’s voice and choice in planning for their future. You will be equally skilled at working with families and professionals, gaining their confidence and trust, managing highly sensitive and confidential issues and overcoming potential minimisation, denial, passivity, resistance and challenge – whist always showing the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.
You will be able to negotiate and influence people, with ability to communicate persuasively at all levels. You will have the skills and confidence to sensitively and appropriately challenge poor or dangerous practice and the ability to work well with managers to constructively help resolve issues raised.
You will be aware of your own strengths and limitations, with a high level of resilience and emotional competence.
The Council is highly committed to investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and can offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, comprehensive Health & Wellbeing initiatives and a reward package which recognises your contribution. We can offer flexible working practices, community engagement and volunteer activities and, as part of our commitment to you, promote continuous Learning & Development. In addition we also offer a growing range of discounts, rewards and savings.
For further information or an informal discussion please contact Sarah.email@example.com
As this role is public facing, applicants will need to demonstrate, at interview, their competency to converse and provide advice and guidance to members of the public, in spoken English to CEFR level C1: Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly. Only a conceptually difficult subject can hinder a natural, smooth flow of language.
City of York Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We require the successful candidate to undertake an enhanced Criminal Record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Closing date: Thursday 25 February 2021 at 12 midnight
Interview date: Friday 5 March 2021