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Independent Reviewing Officer
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The London borough of Sutton “is uncompromising in its focus on improving the quality of frontline social work” – Ofsted

Ofsted  announced in February 2017 that the provision of children’s services in Sutton is rated as ‘Good’. 

About the Job:

Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)

Salary – (Grade 9): £39,774 - £47,511 (£49,464 unconsolidated maximum through performance related progression) Plus annual retention payment of £1000 in the first year, £2000 in the second year and £3000 a year thereafter

Sutton’s IRO service is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic IRO who is passionate about achieving the best outcomes for children and young people in our care.  We have recently implemented a new approach to looked after reviews (“All About Me Reviews”) which involves IROs doing direct work within the reviews and writing their reports and letters to children and young people, using child-focused language.  As well as chairing reviews you will also be involved in other quality assurance activities such as undertaking audits and delivering training.  

About You:

We welcome applications from individuals with a recognised Social Work qualification and management experience in a children’s social care setting.  Candidates will need to have a thorough knowledge of child development, legislation and best practice. We are also seeking someone who is child centred in their approach, can be creative in the role and has excellent organisational skills.

The offer:

A modern and flexible working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly from multiple locations, remotely from your Chromebook using Google Mail and Apps which are a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working. All our employees also benefit from manageable caseloads and a culture of strong supportive management and autonomy. 

Other flexible working options include time off in lieu (TOIL) and working from home to write reports and to meet tight timescales. We can also offer a 9 day fortnight flexible working pattern equivalent to an extra 26 days off a year.

The offer includes:

  • A competitive salary 

  • Retention payments up to £3000

  • An annual leave entitlement of 27 days

  • Free car parking pass

  • Fuel allowance

  • Use of Zip car scheme

  • Subsidised gym memberships

  • Discounts in local shops

  • Season ticket loan

  • Introduce a friend scheme

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(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:

· increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

· the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

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.

Revised Closing date: 22nd April 2020
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