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Quarry Centre, Aberdeen, AB16 7AS
£23.25 - £26.57 per hour
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Part Time
18.5 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Description

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Location:  Quarry Centre

Duration:  Permanent, Part Time - 18.5 hours per week

An opportunity has arisen to join the Independent Review Team on a part-time, permanent basis, as in independent reviewing officer within Children's Services.

The post holder will use the autonomy contained within the role to manage and chair Looked After Reviews and Child Protection Case Conferences following National Child Protection Guidance, Looked After Children Regulations and recommendations from The Promise. The post holder will lead on multi-agency decision making, ensuring local partnerships between all service's meet the needs of looked after children, young people, and care leavers in line with statutory & local guidance for Corporate Parenting.

If you would like to gain experience in a role that supports practice and quality assurance across Children Services and relevant partners, we would like to hear from you.

For further information and informal enquiries about the role please contact Sarah Burnett, Lead Independent Review Officer, ( or Fiona Cameron, Service Manager (


The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

BA in Social Work or equivalent i.e. CQSW/DipSW

Systemic Practice Qualification or working towards as directed by the Council

Post qualifying experience working with children and families

Evidence of continuing professional development including systemic practice


SSSC registration


The post holder is expected to demonstrate:

A commitment to planning for looked after and accommodated children within the appropriate legislative and policy context

A high level of knowledge that is required to draw on up to date professional research to inform planning

The ability to assemble a strong professional evidence base on which decisions are made and which can with stand external and legal scrutiny

The depth of knowledge and understanding of the key tasks of a social worker to allow practice monitoring and improvement that is a key part of the role

The ability to constructively challenge practice when appropriate and demonstrate an ability to ensure plans for children are followed and that staff are accountable for ensuring plans are driven forward

A high level of professional knowledge that will allow the identification of practice trends that emerge and the strategic awareness and ability to contribute towards a service wide improvement agenda

A sound professional understanding of the principles of the Social Work Unit model
Maintain effective communication and working relationships with Social Work staff and staff from across a range of agencies

The ability to create a rapport and build relationships with children and families

A high level of consultative, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills including the ability to deal with complex issues

The ability to assimilate, analyse and evaluate complex information to produce well evidenced and high quality plans for children

A high level of consultative, interpersonal communication and negotiation skills to enable the taking of a lead role in driving forward multi agency plans, whilst ensuring that the participation of children and their families is an integral part of that process

The ability to negotiate, lead and influence appropriate multi agency decision making

The Individual

Please see Job Profile for further details


Aberdeen City Council is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Flexible Working

We are happy to talk flexible working and offer flexible working for most roles in the organisation meaning that many of our employees enjoy the freedom of choosing a working pattern that suits them as much as it suits the organisation.

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Employer.  If you consider yourself to have a disability and think you may require a reasonable adjustment to be made for this part of the selection process, or would like further information in relation to reasonable adjustments, please contact

Armed Forces

We are a forces-friendly employer, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a silver award recipient in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.  We have a specific email address for those in the forces, those who have left the forces, as well as their partners / spouses / families:  We are able to answer questions about jobs and our application / selection process, as well as about our employee support provisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

We have a number of guaranteed interview schemes available to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our roles and who:

  • have a disability
  • are care-experienced and aged 16-29
  • are aged 16-24 and live in Aberdeen City or have been to an Aberdeen City Council school and are applying for a Modern Apprenticeship (except Trades apprenticeships)
  • have done a Foundation Apprenticeship with Aberdeen City Council and are applying for any apprenticeships relevant to the area in which they did their Foundation Apprenticeship
  • are New Scots aged 16-24 and are applying for any apprenticeships

Further information can be found at

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