Independent Reviewing Officer

Date:  04-Aug-2022
Job Location: 


This is a Gloucestershire County Council job.

  • Job Title:                            Independent Reviewing Officer
  • Job Location:                     Jordan's Brook House 
  • Salary:                               £44,863 - £46,845 per annum 
  • Hours per Week:               37.00 
  • Contract Type:                   Permanent 
  • Closing Date:                     21/08/2022 
  • Job Requisition Number:   3513 
  • This post is open to job share 


Our Vision: Gloucestershire’s vision is “to give every child the best possible chance of a remarkable life, especially those children who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.”



We are a local authority adopting and training all colleagues in systemic social work practice. If you would like to join an authority that takes a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive, then consider a role with GCC.


•Fundamentally repositions the relationship between the Local Authority in the form of the allocated social worker, and the family: families are worked with rather than done to

•Has a liberating effect for families and practitioners: families are no longer pathologised, and practitioners are free from the burden of trying to urge a family to change,

•It supports the idea that there are multiple ways of working with families to make change, and the theory of change is explicit and articulated.


We have ambitious improvement and transformation plans to create the optimum conditions within which our staff can make a real difference and improve outcomes for children.


Reward & Support: A generous pay and reward programme including:

  • £5,000 Welcome Payment*
  • £2,000 Retention Payment*
  • Up to £8,000 Relocation Package
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Annual Leave entitlement of 24.5 days rising to 29.5 days after 5 years continuous service
  • Access to the Social Work Academy for training and development opportunities.


Your Role: We are looking to appoint an Independent Reviewing Officer who is committed to making a real difference for children and young people in the care of Gloucestershire County Council.


You will be responsible for preparing for and chairing reviews for children aged 0 – 18 and for identifying any issues that may be impacting on the welfare of the children or preventing them from achieving permanence in a timely manner.


You will need to have excellent communication skills, be highly motivated, flexible, innovative and strong enough to challenge others when the needs of children are not being met or when practice is poor. Pursuing resolution of concerns is a significant part of the job, so you need to be persistent and courageous.


Applicants must have at least five years post qualifying relevant experience. Management experience is desirable. A full driving licence and access to a car is essential as reviews are held all over the county. 

Alongside this there are some things we will require of you to be successfully appointed to this post, as well as your experience as a frontline social worker:


  • Social Work England registration
  • A recognised qualification in Social Work
  • To have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) 
  • A full driving licence and willingness to drive
  • DBS clearance


About our Social Work Academy: The Gloucestershire Children’s Services Social Work Academy offers leadership of practice to develop outstanding Social Workers and Social Work leaders who affect positive change for children, young people and families in Gloucestershire.  The aim of our Academy is to support workers at all levels, from students and newly qualified Social Workers to our senior Leaders with their professional accreditation responsibilities and career progression options, as well as ensuring that our Children’s Services workforce receive the highest quality Continuing Professional Development to make sure we are the best at what we do. For more information on our Social Work Academy, please click here.


For an informal chat about this role, please get in touch with Vanessa Catterall on

Additional Information

To access the Job Profile for this role, please follow the link below:-

IRO Role Profile

This Position is subject to a DBS check. 

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining excellent people to work for us, so that we can best serve all of Gloucestershire’s diverse communities.  Our promise to you is that we will provide an inclusive and supportive working environment that enables you to bring your whole self to work and realise your full potential.

It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.