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Children’s Family Finding Manager

Rustington

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Location: Rustington

Salary: Up to £47,000 (D.O.E)

Hours: 37.5 Per week

Supervisory Responsibility: Yes

Travel Required: Yes

This is a new and exciting opportunity to join one of the most successful child care and education providers.  As Children’s Family Finding Manager, you will hold line management responsibility for a large team of Family Finding Placement Officers, Duty Social Workers and work in close liaison with a team of regional Duty Social Workers, with a primary aim of delivering excellent customer service by ensuring that all referrals of children are responded to efficiently, with a strong drive for maximizing safe placement options and producing robust matching and risk assessments in respect of family finding for children who are unable to live at home.

The role is beyond busy, extremely rewarding and varied which will mean you will be managing a wide range of tasks including; producing safe and robust matching and risk assessments, data inputting and updating systems, liaising with local authorities, identifying and placing children with foster carers (with the support of your Family Finding Officers), planning the working day for the team, providing business information, attending meetings, monitoring / reporting on performance, daily administrative tasks and be in daily contact with many different stakeholders both internally and externally to the organisation.

Main Duties

  • You will produce robust matching and risk assessments for child admissions to foster families across designated offices.  Additionally, you will ensure that regional Duty Social Workers also deliver the same matching service in regional offices.
  • You must have the ability to work on own initiative, aptitude to motivate staff and possess strong line management, coaching and supervisory experience.
  • Liaise with the commercial team and external commissioning teams in respect of negotiating and influencing funding and individual placement contract agreements.
  • Data inputting skills are required as is the ability to audit and maintain quality data.
  • To provide clear statistical information and reports as required.
  • Attendance and participation at meetings, both internal and external.

Skills and experience required:

  • Current Social Work England registration.
  • Experience and understanding of children’s social care regulation framework and a thorough working knowledge of children’s social care best practice.
  • Previous line management experience.
  • A successful track record and background consistent as a senior manager in a large, complex, comparable organisation.
  • Experience of utilising a range of IT package, programmes and database systems.

Previous experience of working in a similar sector / environment is essential. This position may require the post-holder to occasionally work beyond office hours when the demands of the service require it and occasional travel.

The Compass Community values equality and diversity across our workforce and aims to ensure our staff community is reflective of the diversity of the children and young people within our care. In support of this commitment we welcome applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Benefits include:

  • Generous Annual Leave entitlement: Up to 28 days annual leave, in addition to Statutory Bank Holidays
  • Birthday Leave plus Health and Wellbeing Day
  • Length of Service Award
  • Group Life Assurance Scheme
  • Paternity / Maternity Pay
  • Enhance Sickness Scheme
  • Access to Perkbox – Employee Benefits and Rewards
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Competitive business mileage rates
  • Introduce a friend / foster carer schemes

 

The Compass Community values equality and diversity across our workforce and aims to ensure our staff community is reflective of the diversity of the children and young people within our care. In support of this commitment we welcome applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

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