Children, Education and Skills

Newcastle upon Tyne

Independent Reviewing Officer

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time

£45,495 - £49,590 per annum

Do you have a passion for social work? Are you an experienced and inspiring social work practitioner with managerial experience? Are you committed to working with children and families and providing excellent services? Do you want an employer who will support you to have the career that is right for you?

If this is you - then Newcastle City Council is the place for you!

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic children’s social work practitioner with managerial experience to join our Children’s Safeguarding Standards Unit as an Independent Reviewing Officer. In this role you will champion the rights of our children and young people by overseeing and reviewing children’s plans (child protection and looked after children). You will be a vital enabler of our Quality Assurance Framework.

We are a cosmopolitan city, and our children and families reflect the diversity and vibrancy of our city. We are city that embraces innovation and change, and we can offer you exciting and rewarding practice opportunities. We are part of the Department of Education’s Strengthening Families Programme and through this we are developing a relational / restorative approach to our work with children and families.

We want IROs that bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to their work with children, young people and families. You must be driven and ambitious, both for yourself and for children, young people and families. You must also be an enthusiastic team player who understands the vital role of supportive teams.

As an IRO you will help us ensure that the right children and families receive the right care and support and you will contribute to the wider work of the service in improving outcomes for children and young people. You will be responsible for chairing children in care reviews and child protection meetings and provide continuous oversight of the plans for the children concerned. You will also undertake foster carer reviews and take part in other work designed to ensure children receive the right support at the right time.

In return we will support you to succeed. As an organisation we are committed to providing our staff with the opportunities they need to develop and progress at all stages of their career. At Newcastle we offer a comprehensive range of training opportunities and professional development through professional supervision, mentoring and a strong management programme to grow and enhance your skills.

In addition, you will receive:

• A dedicated 5-day induction

• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually

• A range of flexible working options

• A generous Flexi Scheme

• Access to Mindfulness sessions and other wellbeing initiatives

• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme

• Access to home electronics and car leasing schemes

• Generous relocation package

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Stafford Devine, Service Manager, Children’s Safeguarding Standards Unit (CSSU) on 0191 2774636. You can hear more about how we work at Newcastle at

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. If you are successful, we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.

Do you think you have what it takes to join our team and contribute to improving outcomes for children? Apply today.

Previous applicants need not re-apply and will be considered when this re-advertisement closes.

Applicants seeking part time or job share are welcomed.

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Closing date:

5 February 2023

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