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Independent Review Officer
  • Employer: Richmond upon Thames & Wandsworth Borough Council
  • Reference: randw/TP/17401/1420
  • Published: Tue 26/11/2019, 11:14 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 08/12/2019, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £42,656 to £51,690 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU

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Independent Review Officer

Job Description

Are you passionate about getting the best outcomes for children in Wandsworth?

Are you are committed to making a real difference for children and young people?

Do you have innovation and ideas to ensure children are engaged and involved in planning for their future?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

Wandsworth Children’s Service is seeking to recruit a part-time Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) to join the Children’s Planning & Review Team and play a central role in achieving positive outcomes for children and young people!

OFSTED (2018) reported that our ‘reviews of children in care are timely and child focused. Children and young people are supported to attend their reviews. They are also seen between reviews, and children spoken to said that they knew how to contact their IRO. Progress against plans is monitored’.

What a young person (aged 15) said about her Independent Reviewing Officer in Wandsworth:

 ‘Very considerate towards my feelings. He follows things through and doesn’t just leave them or forgets. He always listens to my views’. 

What will your role will be?

As an IRO you are critical in carrying out the quality assurance function for children including chairing statutory reviews, supporting children’s participation and making sure their views are heard and that they impact upon plans. You will be expected to maintain oversight and contact with children between reviews to ensure their plans are being realised in a timely way. You will be proactive in promoting children’s physical health, emotional well-being, education and help them successfully transition as to adulthood. On behalf of our children you will also carry out the statutory function of holding the Council to account role as corporate parent.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:

  • You are a qualified Social Worker with at least five years’ post qualifying experience and registered with the HCPC

  • Have a thorough working knowledge of the legal framework relating to Children Looked After including Children Act 1989, the Care Planning Regulations and the duties and responsibilities of the IRO as set out in the IRO Handbook (DfE 2010).

  • Detailed working knowledge of best practice in relation to adoption and permanent foster care

  • Extensive experience as a Children’s Social Worker within a statutory setting and have  previous management experience at Assistant Team Manager or above level.

  • An ability to effectively challenge to ensure best outcomes for children, including effective escalation and dispute resolution. 

  • Effectively contribute in training forums and other meetings and providing quality assurance leadership across Childrens Services.

How to apply?

To be considered for interview, please complete all the sections of the application form.

For an informal discussion contact Angela Fergus-Stallard on 0208 871 7226 or 07966 426 354 or by email:  


In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.  In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: Tuesday 17th December 2019

  • Shortlisting Date: Wednesday 18th December 2019

  • Interview Dates: 7th and 8th January 2020

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.