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Team Manager - Placements, Contact and Support

The role

The post-holder will:

  • develop and provide a flexible and high quality Placement, Contact & Support Service with the purpose of: improving placement choice and stability for children in care; improving the experience of social workers, foster carers and children in identifying suitable placements; delivering the best possible value to the Council in terms of cost and quality of placements

The post holder will ensure the Placement, Contact & Support Service:

  • provides high quality supervised contact between children in care and their parents, as well as all the arrangements to make such contact happen;
  • provides bespoke packages of practical support to foster carers, young people and families in the community to maximise placement viability and stability, prevent placement breakdown and retain foster carers
  • identifies matches between children and suitable foster carers who can meet their emotional, educational, cultural and health needs, and who can provide stability and a sense of belonging;
  • manages the systems for recording and tracking referrals, making and ending placements, carer availability, and notifying other local authorities, ensuring they are all fit for purpose;
  • provides high quality management information for a day to day overview of placement capacity and need as well as to assist in the ongoing planning and review of the Fostering Service, Placement, Contact & Support Service and use of placements in Independent Fostering Agencies;
  • ensures the best use is made of Southwark's fostering resources, keeping use of external placements to a minimum and promoting the use of Friends and Family Placements as far as possible;
  • run the emergency foster carers scheme and the fostering out of hours service including coordinating with Southwark Emergency Duty Team in order to avoid the use of external agency placements wherever possible;

Recruitment timetable

Advert Closes: 27/10/2019
Interview and Assessment: Week Commencing 04/11/2019

Additional salary details

GBP44,373 - GBP51,162


Team Manager - Placements, Contact and Support

London, UK

Published on 30 Nov 2019