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Independent Reviewing Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.

In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes.  

Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to safeguarding children, children who are looked after, are leaving care or adopted.  

The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families.  It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on strengthening and keeping families together. 

Coventry Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does.  We will provide you with an environment where practice with children and families can flourish and make the most difference, with high support and high challenge at the forefront.

Coventry is passionate about creating something special, where families are valued, where risks can be safely managed within the family and their network, and where families are empowered and enabled to do it differently.

We believe that families are the experts in their own lives, and we want to embrace this and create change through this; by working with them to take the lead in their plans, in their support package and in decision making.

We are building a service based on relationship and restorative based practice in line with our Signs of Safety methodology and the family valued model enables children services to only intervene when it has to, enabling the opportunity for the family to have more control.

What is the job role?


If you are passionate about making a difference for children, then we want to hear from you.

We are looking to recruit suitably qualified and experienced professionals to join our Quality Assurance Service as either Child Protection Conference Chairs or Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs), with responsibility for overseeing safeguarding arrangements for children and young people subject to Child Protection Plans, or care planning for those in the care of Coventry City Council, Children’s Services.

You will have a Dip in SW, CQSW or a Social Work England validated equivalent from another country and be registered with SWE.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

Child Protection Conference Chairs and Independent Reviewing Officers in Coventry, are committed to ensuring that plans and services for all children and young people, are of the highest quality and duly implemented without any drift or delay, and play a critical role in ensuring best outcomes and opportunities for children and young people.

 To be successful in your application, you will need to be able to:

  • Show demonstrable post qualification social work and management/supervisory experience in a related field;
  • Provide tenacious oversight and scrutiny;
  • Communicate clear and SMART expectations;
  • Monitor and track progress for children, with varying plans, needs and timescales;
  • Be confident to raise robust and effective challenge, including to senior leaders.

Signs of Safety methodology and relational practice are central to the approach used within the Service and this ensures that our focus rightly remains firmly child centred, with children at the heart of our practice and their voice heard loud and clear.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Kerry Bowden - or Sam Sharkey –

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview Dates: 2nd May 2023 and 3rd May 2023

About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit

Coventry City Council

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