The Role: Interim Independent Chair

About You: 

To chair Child Protection conferences and statutory reviews for Looked After Children in accordance with the Children Act 1989, Independent Reviewing Officer Guidance, requirements of the Children and Adoption Act 2002, Care Planning Regulations, Independent Reviewing Officer Handbook 2010, Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, Children Act 2004, Working Together 2013; and to develop outcome focused plans.
This role will be predominantly focused on Child in Care reviews but may also entail some Child Protection chairing.
To ensure that the quality of casework presented to the service is monitored and that managers at all levels within Childrens Social Care are made aware of any cases that do not meet professional standards.
To maintain effective administrative systems within timescales and to ensure that the records of meetings are of a high standard and accurately reflect the discussion and decision making at those meetings.
To assist in the delivery of Peterborough’s Quality Assurance Framework using performance indicators and management targets to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for children.
To manage the Child Protection Conference decision-making process and in the absence of a majority decision, take the decision regarding the need for children and young people to be made the subject of Child Protection Plans.
To implement the guidance from the IRO Handbook statutory guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and Local Authorities in relation to case management and review for children in care.
To undertake a quality assurance role in relation to children in need of protection or in care, by actively monitoring practice standards, systems and processes and identifying any practice deficits in order to improve service delivery for children, young people and their families.
To ensure that the quality of casework presented to the service is monitored and that managers at all levels within Childrens Social Care are made aware of any cases that do not meet professional standards.
To actively engage in discussion with Senior and Operational Managers identifying areas of good practice and challenging poor practice where necessary.
To ensure that practice is person-centred, and to ensure that children’s views and wishes are sought and appropriately represented within all decision- making meetings.
To contribute as required to the work of the Local Safeguarding Board.
To be actively involved in working groups and panels where required. To monitor thresholds in relation to the safeguarding of children.
To maintain effective administrative systems within timescales and to ensure that the records of meetings are of a high standard and accurately reflect the discussion and decision making at those meetings.
To ensure that the records and plans arising from all meetings are produced and distributed within statutory timescales.
To identify any shortfalls in practice standards, corporate parent responsibilities or in the provision of resources for Children in Care, according with the requirements of the Adoption Act 2002.
To robustly monitor the effectiveness of multi-agency arrangements to implement safeguarding arrangements.
To ensure that all children/young people are enabled to make a meaningful contribution to their meetings.
To audit cases on themes identified locally to ensure safety of practice.
To undertake presentations of the outcomes of audits or individual Management Reviews to a variety of audiences.
To be an active member of the Safeguarding and Quality Assurance and Safeguarding service and to contribute to strategic policy and procedural developments.
To carry out peer supervision
To represent the Local Authority at Multi Agency Public Protection (MAPPA) meetings as required and any other meetings identified.
To complete the functions of this role across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as part of a shared Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service.
To demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
To independently chair other relevant meetings such as Secure Accommodation Reviews or Placement Breakdown Meetings, as required.

What's On Offer: A rate of up to £45 per hour on an initial 3 month contract.

About The Client: The client is based in Peterborough 

Recruitment Timeline: Applications close on Wednesday 5th July at 5.00pm with interviews conducted via MS Teams. The client requires an ASAP start date.

To apply, please complete the below form and include an up to date CV.
Or for a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Marcus Hall on marcus@hamptonsresourcing.com
or 01926 695224

Hamptons is passionate about equality, and is committed to developing an inclusive workforce. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant regardless of your individual needs. Any reasonable adjustments will be fully supported during the application and hiring process

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Role Details

Type:
Interim
Sector:
Salary:
£42 - £45 Per Hour

Lead Consultant

Marcus Hall
Associate Director / Team Manager

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