Reports to: Directors Group
Responsible for: The overall management of our fostering agency as defined in the contract of employment and this job description
Experience: Must have significant experience of working within the field of fostering services and hold current qualification, holder of clean driving license
Location: West Midlands
- Foster a culture of continuous improvement within the agency.
- Drive forward necessary change and development in line with the business plan.
- Ensure a minimum growth in the undertakings of the company by at least 7% annually.
- Manage the staff team effectively within company guidelines to ensure maximum individual effort, personal development and team performance.
- Responsible for the financial performance of the agency, including delivering the service within the funding available and reporting financial information appropriately to the directors group when requested.
- To develop and maintain successful relationships with commissioners and potential commissioners of agency services which contribute to the success of the business.
- Develop and maintain successful relationships with other partners and participate fully in joint work where appropriate
- Develop and maintain a culture of continual customer service improvement, overseeing services delivered to customers and being responsible for ensuring that these services are delivered in an appropriate manner.
- To ensure that the Agency achieves and maintains accreditation from appropriate awarding organisations
- Set challenging agency performance objectives in partnership with the Directors group and ensure objectives are met.
- Undertake business planning processes which use best practice to review the viability of the business, analyse the external operating environment, predict the needs of the business and its customers and use this information to plan appropriately.
- Provide reports to the standard and in the time scales expected by the company or Directors group
- Provide comprehensive and accurate information to the Directors for agency and individual performance assessment
- To continuously improve personal knowledge and awareness of issues relating to agency work and use it to the benefit of the agency
- To provide professional supervision and appraisal to others within your staff team.
- To inform the directors of any changes to personal information, including address, contact details, visa expiry, etc.
- To assist in the development of other offices within the organisation and market their services accordingly
- To attend meetings including child protection, fostering panel or team meetings as required.
- To participate fully in the inspection and monitoring process of the organisation.
- Such other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be required within the level of the post.
PERSON REPORTS TO: Registered Manager
LOCATION: London OR West Midlands
PURPOSE OF JOB:
To supervise, support, train and review approved foster carers/connected carers within Family First Fostering Agency. To work in partnership with other professionals in order to provide placements that keep children safe and enable children and young people to thrive and reach their potential.
- Be responsible for all functions allocated by senior staff in relation to fostering.
- Provide support and supervision to carers in accordance with statutory regulations, national minimum standards and Family First Fostering requirements.
- Assist, develop and attend the foster carer support group.
- Actively participate in foster care training pre and post approval.
- Review foster carer approval as required and present to Fostering panel as required
- Contribute to the development of the fostering service to meet unmet need and the demands faced by new legislation.
- Actively recruit and assess applicants offering to care for children on behalf of the department, as required.
- Assess applicants who have entered into private fostering arrangements.
- Demonstrate knowledge and experience of working within a statutory Child Care Team.
- Participate appropriately in Looked After Children planning meetings and reviews.
- Undertake office duty, placement searches and matching and respond to crises, as and when required.
- Develop positive and professional working relationships with colleagues within Children’s Services and with other agencies.
- Any other duties as may be reasonably requested by the manager
- Supervise and provide support to Social Work students.
- Maintain accurate and up to date records on relevant electronic and manual systems.
- Develop own professional skills through supervision sessions and through undertaking appropriate training.
- Maintain awareness of changes in legislation, related policies and practices and implement these within own professional practice.
- Participate and actively engage with supervision.
- Participate in an annual appraisal.
- Work as part of the team to assist in developing and improving the existing service.
- Be willing to work flexibly (including evening and weekend work) if required. If the need arises to undertake tasks not specifically covered in the job description.
- Be registered as a Social Worker with the HCPC.
- Maintain safe working practices for self and others, in accordance with the authority’s policy statement on Health and Safety at Work.
- Actively support and implement the principles and practice of equality of opportunity as laid down in the Agencies Equal Opportunities policy.
- The post holder may be reasonably expected to undertake other duties commensurate with the level of responsibility that may be allocated from time to time