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Children in Need Reviewing Officer

Advertiser: London Borough of Hounslow

  • Reference: LBH/17/38946
  • Published on: Thu 13/07/2017 15:25 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 23/07/2017 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Contract
  • Hours: 1 hours per week.
  • Salary: £46,608 - £49,452
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Hounslow

Would you like to be a part of The London Borough of Hounslow, whose diverse workforce are committed to making a positive difference for our residents and visitors by ensuring the quality of our services are maintained to a high standard?

The Council is embarking upon a major programme of change to modernise the way we work and reduce our carbon footprint. We will be moving to a new landmark building in 2019 located in Hounslow town centre, and our new technology will enable staff to work remotely and flexibly to improve the service we provide to residents and to help our staff achieve a better work/life balance.

About The Team

The London Borough of Hounslow is dedicated to becoming a more dynamic, integrated, efficient and responsive Borough that delivers the Council's expressed ambitions for its' young residents. This vision for a high performing, cost effective Children's Service that delivers demonstrable improvements to the lives of vulnerable children, young people and their families is at the heart of what we do. To promote this vision, the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance team seeks to appoint an Child in Need Reviewing Officer to play a key role in managing the multi professional work with our vulnerable children to improve outcomes and make a real difference. This is an interesting and innovative role, particularly for professionals interested in working as an Independent Reviewing Officer in the future.

Key duties include:-

* Chairing CIN Review Meetings and other multi-agency meetings in complex cases
* Auditing and general quality assurance of CIN cases to scrutinize thresholds, drift and planning
* Challenging specific cases of complexity for escalation and de-escalation where appropriate

You will challenge and support those people and processes involved in the delivery of services to vulnerable children ensuring clear planning and achieving good outcomes for children. You will be working closely with children, young people and their families and as well as building sound partnerships with other key agencies to achieve this. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, enjoy managing and chairing complex meetings, and know how to assist the children/young people to be the centre of the planning process. You will ensure and promote participation and inclusion so that the wishes and feelings of children are given proper consideration as part of their child in need plan.

  • To chair and be accountable for decision making in child in need reviews for ensuring that requirements are met arising from statute, government regulation and guidance, departmental policy, regional and local procedure and guidance held within the appropriate time scales.
  • To provide a timely written record of the discussion and decisions made in a Child in Need review meeting. To provide a timely written record of the decisions made in a child in Need review meeting.
  • To promote and model practice that is respectful of parents and children, and takes account of their views, rights and responsibilities. To facilitate the participation of children, young people and their families in the statutory review process for children in need, being mindful of individual needs and the relevant risk assessments.

To contribute to quality assurance monitoring systems in order to raise concerns as to practice, adherence to procedure or resource provision with the appropriate managers. To contribute to divisional audits or management reports as required.

Essential for The Role

Social Work qualified

Social work Management experience preferred

FLUENCY DUTY

This post is considered by the authority to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers. The council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the employee specification.

If you would like an informal conversation regarding the position please contact melissa.goodman@hounslow.gov.uk

Interviews will be held on: 31 July 2017

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