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Safeguarding & Quality Assurance Service

The Safeguarding & Quality Assurance Service has a number of different statutory social work functions including:

a) Independent Reviewing Officers chair statutory reviews of arrangements for looked after children and acts as a 'critical friend' bringing challenge and support to social work teams responsible for providing support to looked after children.

b) Child Protection Advisors chair initial and review Child Protection Conferences and acts as a 'critical friend' bringing challenge and support to social work teams responsible for providing support and intervention for children in need of protection.

c) Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – the LADO is responsible for managing allegations or concerns where any person who works with children, in connection with their employment or voluntary activity, has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

d) Quality Assurance & Beyond Auditing – Rotherham has a team of five Auditors engaged with a programme of 'deep dives' across all social work teams and services. The Beyond Auditing approach involves the Auditor working with allocated social workers and team managers in real time to complete an audit and provide coaching as part of a reflective conversation to bring about immediate impact and change to address identified practice issues. Across a year the Beyond Auditing Auditors will complete at least two cycles of auditing to ensure that any remedial action is completed without delay and so that key themes and issues are fed back to team and services so that there is s culture of continual learning which can be evaluated in subsequent 'deep dives' to improve overall practice.

e) Principal Social Worker holds a key role to champion the voice of frontline social work practitioners and managers to senior officers and political leaders as well as supporting and advising on the quality of practice.

f) Consultant Practitioners provide support to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) in the Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

g) Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children's Board (RLSCB) Business Unit which supports the independent RLSCB chairperson and the activity of the Board and its sub groups. The overall role of the LSCB is to coordinate local work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to ensure the effectiveness of what the member organisations do individually and together.

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