Child Protection Coordinator / IRO - Milton Keynes

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Child Protection Coordinator / Independent Reviewing Officer 3 Month Contract Milton Keynes. £40.00 - £42.00 per hour.

Your new company
You will be working for a Council based in Milton Keynes, whose focus is to provide the best service possible. We are excited to work in partnership with this fantastic council and are recruiting for a Child Protection Coordinator / Independent Reviewing Officer to work on an initial 3 month contract in Milton Keynes.

Your new role
The Safeguarding Team provides independent off-line specialist consultation and statutory services in respect of children in care and child protection. The role holder reports to the Head of Safeguarding and is statutorily responsible for a case load of named children subject to child protection plans and/or children in the care of the Local Authority and all associated processes. In Milton Keynes, the roles of Child Protection Coordinator and Independent Reviewing Officer are normally separate; however post holders may be required to cover each other’s responsibilities, plus other specialist statutory roles within the Safeguarding Team including the LADO (Allegations Management) according to need. Specific responsibilities: The Child Protection Coordinator role You will be responsible for LA function and performance in relation to the Child Protection Conference process, ensuring that all children in need of protection are safeguarded and their well-being is promoted effectively, in line with national legislation and policy. This includes:

  • Managing and chairing Initial and Review Child Protection Conferences, ensuring that children are made subject to Child Protection Plans, or that these plans are discontinued, as appropriate and that decision-making is based upon evidence and analysis;
  • Operating a consultation service providing advice, guidance and information to staff regarding specialist aspects of the child protection process including risk management.
  • Ensuring that the child’s voice is at the centre of care planning and that children and families are fully participant in the child protection process.
  • Monitoring casework and decision making to ensure high quality child protection plans are implemented and that the child’s interests are protected throughout the family support and care planning process.
  • Offering support and challenge to operational social work staff and managers as appropriate;
  • Scrutinising and ensuring the quality of risk management and that social work practice is delivered in accordance with statutory requirements, reporting to the Senior Management Team as appropriate.
  • Supporting the LA function and performance in relation to the management of allegations against staff and volunteers.
  • Providing specialist training, advice, information and guidance to internal and external colleagues including a range of voluntary organisations.
  • Ensuring that agreed regular quality assurance functions are undertaken and participate in audits of work on a regular basis.

Specific responsibilities: The IRO role The IRO leads on the monitoring of the Council’s Corporate Parenting function and performance.

The role holder is statutorily responsible for monitoring the function and performance of the Local Authority in relation to planning for children in care, ensuring they are safeguarded and their well-being is promoted effectively in line with national legislation and local policy. The IRO ensures that high quality care plans are implemented and that the child’s interests are protected throughout the care planning process. The post holder is responsible for the statutory duty of the IRO in relation to each Looked After Child for whom they are the nominated IRO, undertaking regular statutory reviewing of care planning for looked after children. This includes:

  • Organising and chairing Child Care Reviews and ensuring that there are robust care plans in place for children in care.
  • Exercising effective independent oversight of the child’s case and ensuring that the child’s voice is at the centre of care planning and the children & family are fully participant in the care planning process.
  • Offering support and challenge to operational social work staff as appropriate
  • Consulting with the child in relation to the care plan at each review and at any time that there is a significant change
  • Ensuring that the LA is consulting with the IRO in all areas of care planning
  • Where the LA is failing to comply with the regulations or is in breach of its duties to the child, then to take the necessary action within the Dispute Protocol and to make a referral to CAFCASS where necessary
  • Ensuring that care planning and reviews are conducted in line with agreed national standards and to ensure that local performance targets are met and conform to the required professional and performance standards, including full electronic recording of work.
  • Working in partnership with key agencies, ensuring collaboration and information sharing for the benefit of the child to enable high quality care plans are implemented.
  • Liaising with national and regional IRO networks to facilitate consistency and improvement.

What you'll need to succeed This is a qualified and very experienced social worker role and we are looking for someone with proven experience in the child protection conference Chair and Independent reviewing officer roles.

You will have:

  • Social work qualification (DipSW, CQSW, Degree in social work or equivalent). Registered with the GSCC and meets the needs of ongoing registration
  • Management qualification or equivalent
  • Post qualification award in subjects related to child or family work
  • Significant childcare experience post qualification undertaken in a statutory setting, sufficient to demonstrate a thorough working understanding of the Children’s Social Care agenda.
  • Ability to chair complex meetings, analyse, summarise and write/ record relevant information clearly and concisely so that it is easily understood by users and colleagues
  • Experience of developing policy and procedure
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to monitor performance by the LA of their functions in relation to a child’s case, ensuring that agreed plans are implemented within available resources in a timely and effective manner to achieve best outcomes for the child.
  • Ability to develop and sustain partnership with other professionals and agencies through trust and credibility
  • Proven success in developing and delivering training and awareness-raising activities
  • Able to chair complex inter agency meetings
  • Able to analyse complex information and make decisions including in high risk situations
  • Ability to question, challenge, solve problems and complete tasks
  • Assessment skills – ability to demonstrate understanding of process and evidence of ability to apply skills
  • Able to drive forward improvements in Safeguarding service functions to ensure the service plan is delivered and performance targets met
  • Must be confident and skilled sufficiently to monitor the function and performance of the LA care planning process ensuring that the child’s interests are protected throughout the care planning process and their wellbeing improved.
  • Demonstrates leadership in a complex organisational environment. This includes providing supervision, co-ordination, training and development, allocation of work, quality assurance and providing direction.
  • Able to focus on the identified needs of children and young people whilst advising, planning and prioritising in the context of ensuring the best use of available resources
What you'll get in return

You will get the chance to experience a rewarding, interesting environment alongside an attractive hourly rate.

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