Independent Reviewing Officer

Job Details

Oxfordshire County Council are looking for an Independent Reviewing Officer who has the skillset to take on this role.


 To convene and chair Looked After Children reviews and to chair Child Protection Conferences as required by the demands of the service. To both review, and to monitor, a child’s case on an ongoing basis.

To ensure ‘best practice’, rigour and outstanding care and safety planning for Oxfordshire childrenTo assure the quality of practice within the department. To monitor the performance of the Local Authority’s function as a ‘corporate parent’ and identify and challenge areas of poor practice, and recognise and promote best practice.

To monitor, facilitate and promote strong inter-agency working, communication and multi-agency Care and Safety Planning.

To manage administrative and information processes and personnel as required. To carry out a range of quality assurance activities, including case auditing.

To investigate cases which are cause for concern, to include the chairing of disruption meetings, and to provide written reports on areas for concern, and guidance for future learning. To provide a specialist consultancy and advice service to staff of the department and other agencies.

To contribute and drive the development of policy and best practice to service planning and to service planning and development.

To contribute to, facilitate and deliver specialist departmental and inter-agency training programmes and tools.


 To chair Child Looked After Children reviews and Child Protection initial and review conferences. To act as an Independent Reviewing Officer, on behalf of the Directorate for Looked After Children  and to act as an Independent Chair of Child Protection Case Conferences and ensure:

That legal and procedural requirements are adhered to;

To ensure the voice of the child is promoted and ensure all plans are based on detailed and informed assessment, are up to date, effective and provide a real and genuine response to each child’s needs;

That the degree of risk and the relevant needs of the child and the family are identified and safeguarded;

That appropriate and high quality, cost effective and safe plans are developed using alternatives to the Child Protection and Looked After systems were possible;

That reviews and conferences are managed effectively, safely and efficiently allowing all participants, including children and family members, to contribute and be heard, holding the child at the centre of all care and safety planning…

37 hours a week

£40.98 TO £43.04 per hour Umbrella