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Independent Reviewing & Child Protection Officer

Company: Liverpool City Council UK    Location: Liverpool
Main Purpose

Liverpool City Council is looking to recruit an Independent Reviewing & Child Protection Ofifcer within Children and Young Peoples Services.

This is an opportunity to join a strong team of seventeen Independent Reviewing Officers and Child Protection Conference Chairs. You will need experience and knowledge in relation to the joint role including chairing reviews for Looked After Children, Secure Accommodation Reviews, Child Protection conferences, specialist meetings and occasionally covering for the Local Authority Designated Officer. You should be committed to driving forward improvements in services for children and young people and raising standards while valuing diversity and challenging inequality. The posts are based in the Quality Assurance & Safeguarding Service with a responsibility for audit and escalation to improve safeguarding and good outcomes for children.

The successful post holder will require an Enhanced DBS.

Key Accountabilities

To independently chair Safeguarding Children (Children Protection) Conferences, Strategy meetings, Looked After Children Reviews, Secure Accommodation Reviews, Child Sexual Exploitation meetings and Missing from Care meetings in line with statutory requirements and guidance.

To produce robust outcome focused Child Protection plans and ensure they are monitored and that any failure to deliver the necessary outcomes are challenged appropriately.

To co-ordinate investigations into allegations of abuse against people working with children

To ensure the provision of efficient and effective services to children and young people in need of protection and children and young people looked after by Liverpool Council.

To quality assure the outcomes for Looked after Children placed in foster care or residential care.

To quality assure the effectiveness of the care plan and to challenge the quality of provision specifically linked to the cost of the placement and the purchase of any additional packages of support.

To ensure the voice of the child is heard, recorded and fully considered in decision making.

To ensure efficient and effective inter-agency working in respect of the safeguarding system and of services to Looked After Children.

To be responsible for the decision making at conferences and reviews and ensuring that there is a framework for reviewing compliance with plans.

To constructively challenge service decisions where necessary to fulfil an agreed care plan and to use statutory powers to escalate to senior management and external bodies where appropriate.

To review, audit and quality assure social work files as required.

To ensure that meetings are chaired and conducted to established service standards and conform to relevant regulations, policies, procedures and guidance.

To ensure that effective records are created of meetings or reviews and that those records are circulated within established timescales.

To identify deficits in social work practice and to raise and challenge those deficits with social workers and social work line managers as appropriate.

To provide operational cover for colleagues in the unit.

Please refer to the Job Description for further details.

Skills and Experience

The essential criteria are marked with *, all other criteria are desirable

Please refer to the attached Person Specification.