Purpose of the Role: To manage the processes, systems and staff of the IRM.

Reporting to: Head of National Programmes

The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) provides foster carers and adopters the opportunity to have the proposed decision of their agency reviewed by an Independent Panel before the final decision is made. As Contract Manager you will be responsible for the delivery of this important service. It will be your task to manage the process of the IRM, systems and the staff to ensure smooth efficient service is provided to both applicants and agencies.

The Contract Manager can, if required, have a flexible working arrangement agreed by their CCLC manager being primarily home based but with agreed days to be spent in the office when it reopens.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

• Responsibility for the operational management of the IRM Service
• To ensure adherence to regulatory requirements
• To ensure that panels and panel members follow the processes and procedures of the IRM
• Provide advice and information to potential applicants and agencies as required
• In conjunction with the IRM administrative team establish programme of virtual re-view panel meetings with appropriately balanced membership
• To provide a quarterly management report to the DFE and complete an Annual Re-port detailing the work of the IRM
• Comply with the IRM privacy notice and the requirements of the Genera Data Pro-tection Regulations (GDPR)
• To promote the work of the IRM
• To review all applications for an IRM review panel, setting up digital case files and processing prior to allocating to a caseworker
• To liaise with legal, medical and other professional advisors retained by the IRM to ensure review panels have access to high quality advice and guidance
• To manage, develop and appraise the work of IRM staff in accordance with super-vision, appraisal and related policies
• To have overall responsibility for the recording systems of the IRM
• To organise appropriate training for staff, panel members and advisers
• To take financial responsibility for approving expenditure in line with approved budgets
• To deal with all complaints in line with established procedures

Person Specification

• Educated to degree level
• Registered social worker
• Management qualification (desirable)

Skills & Abilities

• 5 years professional experience in delivering fostering and/or adoption services
• High level of interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
• Ability to decide on priorities and maintain focus
• Ability to work under pressure and to specific deadlines
• An appreciation of the placement needs of children in the public care system
• Proficient use of business IT systems
• Budgetary experience and ability to work within agreed budgets
• A commitment to equal opportunities and awareness of diversity issues
• Experience of social care management
• Proven ability to understand new complex issues/processes and make quickly sense of them
• Proven communications skills both written and verbal
• Commitment to provision of excellence in services for Looked After Children
• A flexible attitude and willingness to work collaboratively within a small team
• Detailed understanding of the Legislation, regulations and guidance relevant to fostering and adoption in England
• Knowledge and understanding of child care law and social work practice in England

To apply, please click on the 'apply now' to be redirected to the application form.

Please note CVs will not be accepted as we only accept completed application forms.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and will require the successful applicant to undertake an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Registered charity no. 281222.

To apply...


Human Resources


020 7520 0412


[email protected]