Independent Reviewing Officer

Favourite Aberdeen City Council
Ref no: ABC03891
Closes: Wednesday, 24th January 2018
Published: Wednesday, 10th January 2018
Location: Quarry Centre, Aberdeen
Salary: £40,731 - £46,561 per year
Hours: 37.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time & Part Time
Organisation: Aberdeen City Council
Category: Social Services / Housing / Childcare
Sub-category: Children's Social Work

Job Description


Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for.

Independent Reviewing Officers

2.5 posts (Full time & part time)
Based at the Quarry Centre

Job Purpose :
The post holder will use the autonomy and authority contained within the role to manage and chair Looked After Reviews for children who are looked after and accommodated by Aberdeen City Council, fulfilling the legislative requirements of the role. The post holder will lead on multi agency decision making, challenging multi agency partners to ensure that planning and decisions are compliant with legislative, procedural and policy frameworks.

These posts are for chairing Looked After Children's Reviews and Child Protection Case Conferences.


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 will be expected to:
Work flexible hours to fit with the needs of young people and families
Travel as required in relation to the needs of the service
Work at alternative locations as required
Work in accordance with Adult, Child and Public Protection principles and procedures
Maintain SSSC registration
Adhere to the requirements of the SSSC Code of Practice, council Policy and Procedures and all relevant Legislation


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

See also:

2. Job Profile.pdf

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