Criminal Justice

Independent Reviewing Officer

Job description

Job purpose:

  • To assure the quality of work with Looked After Children in Lewisham Children’s Social Care, and to ensure performance is maintained
  • To chair statutory reviews of Children Looked After in accordance with legislation, and to ensure plans for children progress appropriately.
  • To contribute to the development of practice in relation to Looked after Children in Lewisham.
  • To provide advice and consultation to social workers and team managers on specific issues of complexity.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • To be accountable for decision making in looked after reviews and other multi agency.
  • To convene and record review outcomes in LCS within timescales.
  • To provide a key role in problem resolution.
  • To work with complaints officers, and advocates, where necessary, for the resolution of a problem.
  • To promote practice that acknowledges that becoming looked after is a final option for children and that the majority of children do best supported within their family of origin.
  • To promote and model practice that is respectful of children and of parents, and takes full account of their views, rights and responsibilities.
  • To identify, record and escalate any concerns in relation to planning and achieving outcomes for children looked after.
  • To be responsible for monitoring, developing, maintaining and improving local quality assurance systems.
  • To undertake audits and evaluation of looked after children work, contributing to cross cutting audits as appropriate.


  • Previous experience working as an Independent Reviewing Officer.
  • Excellent communication ability.
  • Enhanced DBS dated within the last 12 months. On the update service? You could be fast tracked through our recruitment process today.
  • Willingness to complete an enhanced DBS if you do not currently hold one

Working with Archer Resourcing

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We operate across the UK, and, with amazing relationships with the biggest employers in UK social care, we give you the best chance of landing your next role.

Due the high demand of CV's received we are unable to respond to all applications. However, we may hold your CV on file and contact you for future suitable roles.

We also offer a £250 referral bonus should you know of anyone who may be interested.

Must be eligible to work in the U.K

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