Independent Reviewing Officer/Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
28/06/2021 12:00
£45,849 pa
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Learning and Early Help, Children’s Standard Unit, South Tyneside
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Closing date:
28 Jun
Further Information

Independent Reviewing Officer/Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
(Learning and Early Help, Children’s Standard Unit, South Tyneside)
£45,859 pa

Come and join a “good” and “outstanding” Children’s and Families Service.
“Workforce development is a significant strength, and there is a very strong commitment to continuing professional development. South Tyneside appropriately prioritises recruitment and retention of high-quality professionals.” (OFSTED 2017).

Covid 19 has had an impact in the way we are working, but not in our core values and our safeguarding of children. We continue to offer support and safeguarding to those children that need it the most.

To do this we need the best professionals, who are motivated and determined to drive an already successful and effective service further.

“Senior leaders have ensured that staff development and support have been effectively prioritised, and staff morale is good. The workforce is stable, motivated and child focused.” (OFSTED 2017)

Following staff retirement and a renewed focus on the LADO role we want to recruit to the following vacancy.

Independent Reviewing Officer/LADO

Children’s Standards Unit

It is an exciting time in the IRO service in South Tyneside as we continue to develop the service to meet the needs of children and families. You will be joining a committed team focused on the highest standards of practice.

The suitable candidate will need to hold a social work qualification, be registered with Social Work England and have significant post qualifying experience. Experience of chairing multi agency meetings, managing complex dynamics, conflict and challenge is a requirement. The ability to quickly analyse information and support a strength based approach in our work with families is essential.

Developing effective relationships with children, young people, their families and multi-agency partners to achieve sustainable outcomes is at the very heart of what we do. If you hold the same values, believe you can make the difference and are looking to join a team who will deliver and support then look no further.

What Do We Offer

Being an Independent Reviewing Officer is a rewarding and tough role. We have high expectations to get it right for children and will support our staff.
• We have introduced a new supervision policy to enhance our planning for children and the
support of staff.
• A visible senior management team.
• Time and space to think and create the right CPD offer.
• A wide range of employee benefits, including;
o A flexible working hour's scheme, where employees may vary their start and finish
times, subject to operational needs, providing up to 2 days flexi leave per month.
o We recognise that some of our employees will have caring responsibilities for children
or seriously ill or disabled dependent relatives, partners or close friends. South
Tyneside Council will give sympathetic consideration to requests for support from those
who have caring responsibilities and provide a range of policies to support you, such as
parental leave, leave of absence or special leave and compassionate leave.

And Finally
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced practitioner wishing to make the step into the children’s standards unit, to be involved in ensuring sound and timely decision making for children, supporting social work practice using a strengths based approach and the continuing professional development of the team.

South Tyneside Council is a Partner in Practice offering support to other local authorities.

South Tyneside are committed to developing and creating experiences and opportunity for managers to developed, progress and enhance their management skills. The role of Independent Reviewing Officer and LADO will allow the post holder to develop skills and experience of working within a supportive team to ensure we continue to improve and produce good outcomes for children and young people in South Tyneside.

If you wish to discuss this vacancy further, please contact Russell Pilling, Service Manager on (0191) 424 6302 or by email Russell.pilling@southtyneside.gov.uk

South Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be sought along with other relevant pre-employment checks.

Closing date: Noon, 28 June 2021.