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Casework Manager

Employer
Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)
Location
Birmingham, Cardiff, Wakefield
Salary
£32600 - £32600
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

Job Details

As a Casework Manager, you will be welcomed into a dynamic and inclusive Operations Team. The IOPC is on a journey to develop its culture, perspectives and ethos to support the organisation’s core outcomes, and this is your opportunity to enter into the varied world of IOPC Operations, allowing you to develop your mindset and approaches to contribute to improving the police complaints system in England and Wales.  

Our Casework Managers assess, understand, evaluate and reach decisions on reviews regarding police investigations to serious complaints. In short, they evaluate the circumstances following complaints made by members of the public after interacting with the police; weighing the available evidence, considering the relevant legislation, reports and analysis to reach a conclusion, which can range from no fault, to learning recommendations for the force/officer training, or a recommendation that disciplinary proceedings should take place. 

As a Casework Manager, you will be accountable for your decisions as they affect the lives of both members of the public and police officers; the decisions you reach have the potential to make a difference to the public’s confidence in the police and policing in the UK. 

The role of Casework Manager is equally challenging as it is rewarding. It is important to remain impartial and unbiased when performing the role, and ensure that our decisions are fair, balanced and supported by the legislation and available evidence. The decisions made by IOPC Casework Managers are final and can only be challenged in the courts. Therefore, the cases you complete must be of a high quality and supported by a sound rationale.      

                                                                           

As a Casework Manager, you will be provided with in-depth bespoke and tailored training about a variety of subjects which will be relevant to your role. We invest significantly in our Casework Managers; closely supporting them to improve their knowledge and experience to effectively perform their role. The organisation has a variety of other departments, including Legal, Subject Matter Networks and an Oversight Team, who offer specialist support and guidance to Casework Manager’s when they are reaching their decisions.  

If you are looking for an unconventional ‘desk based’ role that offers you the opportunity to develop a strong and transferrable skill-set to build your career from be well-supported by the organisation, and have a tangible positive impact on policing and the public in the UK, please consider applying. 

This is a challenging, interesting position with a variety of work, which requires good judgement and an analytical, methodical mindset as well as the resilience to analyse the finer details of the circumstances of the complaint; which itself is often of a sensitive nature.  

 

You will be expected to handle a wide variety of cases and subject matters, ranging from reviews following police complaint investigations, to reviewing Death and Serious Injury reports completed by the police, before communicating your assessment to a variety of interested parties and stakeholders, tailoring your communication to the audience appropriately. You may also be required to communicate your decision to other stakeholders, both internal and external. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE & RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT 

  • Ensuring customer service principles are met when interacting with appellants, appropriate authorities and other interested parties and explaining the reasons for decisions taken by the organisation. 
  • Assess and make recommendations or decisions in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation on: investigation and other handling reviews, suspended complaint challenges, and death and serious injury local investigation reports. 
  • Conduct correspondence and communicate over the telephone, with members of the public and appropriate authorities. 
  • Ensure that each case is dealt with promptly, objectively, and in accordance with the relevant legislation.  
  • Critically analyse evidence and information provided to the organisation. 
  • Assess whether the level of information provided by Appropriate Authorities is adequate. 
  • Obtain further information as required to assist in analysis of the information. 
  • Exercise your considerable levels of discretion and autonomy in reaching clear decisions based on the evidence.  
  • Write clear concise reports containing analysis of the evidence, explain findings and conclusions, and recommend appropriate action. 
  • Make, or advise others to make, learning recommendations, recommendations for disciplinary action and directions to take disciplinary action. 
  • Prepare files for disclosure to the relevant parties when appropriate.  
  • Observe misconduct proceedings stemming from upheld reviews. 
  • Share learning acquired from your work with colleagues and stakeholders to improve the quality of decision making. 
  • Help the IOPC affect wider positive change by carrying out a range of activities such as training events and working with external stakeholders.  

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Experience 

  • Relevant experience, of complaints handling or of dealing with a direct service to the public where contentious and difficult issues have to be dealt with sensitively. 
  • Evidence of well-developed critical thinking skills; able to gather and use information to carry out enquiries and form sound judgements.  
  • Evidence of strong oral and particularly written communication skills, backed up with good computer literacy. 
  • Proven ability to show initiative and contribute in a changing environment. 
  • Successful candidates will be expected to undertake appropriate training and development leading to an accredited qualification.

Company

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales. We investigate the most serious matters, including deaths following police contact, and set the standards by which the police should handle complaints. We use learning from our work to influence changes in policing.

We are independent, and make our decisions entirely independently of the police and government.

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