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Independent Reviewing Officer

Role Responsibility

Kent’s Independent Reviewing Service is seeking to recruit a full-time permanent Independent Reviewing Officer.  This post provides an exciting opportunity to influence the delivery of good social work practice and promote positive outcomes for children and young people in our care.  Successful applicants will be part of a large and supportive team.


In order to apply for this post, you must have a recognised Social Work qualification, be Registered with Social Work England and have extensive experience of working within Children’s Services, with previous LAC experience and a Team Leader/Manager with supervisory experience.


You will have proven skills in chairing complex multi-agency meetings and a knowledge of current children’s legislation and practice.


You will have excellent written and verbal communication, IT skills and the ability to prioritise your own work and respond to tight deadlines. You will remain objective whilst developing effective working relationships with Social Workers, their managers and other professionals involved in promoting the safety and welfare of children in care.


Kent is a large authority, and it will be necessary in your role as IRO to travel across a relatively wide geographical area, although caseload allocation for each IRO is generally managed around one of 4 areas and wherever possible on a district basis.


This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and registration as a qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.


This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.


The closing date of this advert is Sunday 17th July 2022, with interviews to hopefully take place on 1 August 2022.



Contact Details

Please contact Leemya McKeown at

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.


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