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£39,782 - £43,662
7.5% Recruitment and Retention Payment
Social Care - Children Service
The Civic Centre
IRO PRACTICE SUPERVISOR (Grade L plus 1 INCREMENT PLUS 7.5% recruitment and retention allowance)
We are able to offer an exciting opportunity to join our team at the Safeguarding Children Unit as an IRO Practice Supervisor. You will be responsible for the clinical supervision of a small team of IROs as well as holding a half caseload. The Safeguarding Children
unit is responsible for the chairing of Child Protection Conferences, Looked After Children Reviews including those children with disabilities who have periods away from home, Foster Carer reviews, Pre-Adoption reviews and Secure Reviews.
We are committed to ensuring best practice through the engagement of children and their families and effective partnership working. This includes promoting the involvement of children and families in the conference and review process making sure their views are fully represented in planning and decision making. We are committed to a systemic strengths based approach which values the importance of relationships within social work practice. Quality standards and auditing are important components of the role including advising on planning and decision making. Support is provided by the Service Manager SCU, a further Practice Supervisor currently in post, an experienced team of Independent Reviewing Officers and Business Support through regular supervision and Appraisal & Development which is part of the Council's annual cycle of planning and performance management.
You will need to have an appropriate professional social work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work or CQSW, Diploma Social Work and HCPC registration and must be 5 years post qualified with managerial/supervisory experience.
You should have substantial and demonstrable experience as a Senior Practitioner or Team Manager in Children and Families work including undertaking interagency work and chairing meetings of a challenging nature. You should have a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the IRO and SCU service, ideally having experience as an IRO. You must have experience of undertaking risk assessments, core assessments and care planning processes. Experience of communicating effectively with children and young people is essential as is having the confidence and ability to work constructively with senior managers by offering critical perspective and appropriate challenge.
In addition you will have an in depth knowledge of current legislation, current practice issues, policies, procedures and guidance relating to children, their families and the safeguarding and looked after processes.
This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service