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Independent Reviewing Officer
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Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)
Grade N £42,683 to £46,503 pro rata.
Part-time position: 25.5 hrs 
Permanent Contract
Location: White Rose House, Northallerton

Are you looking for a challenging and exciting role in a dedicated team? Do you have a passion for ensuring that children and young people receive the best care and support possible? As an IRO in North Yorkshire you will have a key role in ensuring the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Due to the retirement of a long serving member of the team we are now recruiting to a 25.5 hour post which provides a great opportunity for someone who is seeking to combine a fulfilling and demanding role with a good work/home life balance.


This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a well-established, very experienced team, who are determined to achieve the highest standards of care and safety for children and young people. The successful candidate will be required to work from the Northallerton base covering the Hambleton/ Richmond area. The area is diverse covering the towns of Northallerton and Richmond, the Armed Forces base at Catterick and the rural villages of the Yorkshire Dales and Moors.


As a council we are lucky to benefit from access to modern technology enabling staff to work from multiple locations, including working from home. We very much promote flexible working, providing it meets the service needs.

In North Yorkshire IROs are expected to deliver on all aspects of the Independent Reviewing Officer Handbook, chairing reviews for looked after children and young people, chairing Child Protection Conferences and also annual reviews for Foster Carers. You will have a crucial quality assurance role to play and the opportunity to significantly contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people, promoting high standards of care to those who are looked after by the Local Authority.


The North Yorkshire IRO team is well known for their friendly and supportive culture. The majority of employees have been part of the service for several years and continue to enjoy their roles. One of the current IRO’s had the following to say:  “The great thing about being an IRO in North Yorkshire is that I can still use my skills gained as a manager but work directly with children and young people and their families which is why I came into the profession in the first place – perfect!”

We are seeking someone with a good understanding of planning for children and excellent communication skills with children, families and professionals. You should have post-qualifying experience of children and family social work including substantial experience in child protection and planning for looked after children. Experience in chairing complex meetings and a good working knowledge of child care legislation is also required.


Applicants for this post must be a qualified Social Worker, have a Diploma in Social Work (or equivalent) and be registered with Social Work England (HCPC). You must also have supervisory experience of professionally qualified staff within a relevant professional setting.

If you have the necessary skills and experience for this post we look forward to hearing from you.

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact the IRO team managers:

Dave Taylor - 07815576139
Angela Murray - 07814016089


Key Dates


Closing Date:  14th September 2020

Interview Date: 23rd September 2020
Interviews will take place by Skype

Job Description.pdf

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As an NYCC employee, you will have access to our range of benefits. These include retail discounts, salary sacrifice schemes, generous annual leave entitlements – up to 33 days depending on length of continuous service and flexible working hours.

Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post. 

NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies. 

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 


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