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IFA Branch Manager
 
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Salary:  payscale SP 48-51 £45,645-£48,495 per annum
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full time
Hours: 36
Location: Kingston
Directorate: Providers Services
Service: Integrated Fostering Service

About the Role
We are looking for a dynamic team leader to work alongside our Head of Fostering as we develop Achieving for Children’s Independent Fostering Agency (IFA).

The successful candidate will:
  • act as the operational Leader for fostering services across Kingston and Richmond
  • be responsible for ensuring we are fully compliant with legislative and regulatory requirements and leading and supporting colleagues to deliver the best possible service for children and young people and for current and prospective foster carers. 
  • contribute the development of our IFA, aligning services and setting the strategic priorities for fostering across all three boroughs. 
Achieving for Children is committed to enabling social workers to develop their potential within an inspirational and supportive learning environment. New recruits receive a thorough induction programme, tailored to their role requirements. A new continuing professional development (CPD) framework for social workers has been established with a comprehensive development programme, including bite-size workshops, learning lunches, seminars, action learning sets CPD portfolio-building support. Continuing professional development social work qualifications, external training and conference attendance are fully funded, along with corporate membership of The College of Social Work and subscription to online research resources.

About us
We have been up and running for four years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

About you
As the IFA Branch Manager, you will:
  • be educated at degree level with a professional Social Work qualification and current HCPC registered.
  • have significant knowledge and experience in both a large Social Care department and the legislation and policies/ practises that underpin Social Care. 
  • have experience in using communication and influencing skills in making and leading of strategies to meet business objectives and to improve the services that provide. 
To find out more about this exciting role please see the job description and person specification.

If you would like to have an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Matthew Edwards, Associate Director for Provider Services on 07894 230769 or at matthew.edwards@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Benefits of working for Achieving for Children
As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more. 

The successful candidate will have access to;
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
  • A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
  • Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
  • A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
  • Tools and models to including Signs of Safety
  • Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
You will find out more about our organisation at https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk  

How to apply
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile. Some of our positions require CV only. 

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.

Closing date 2nd December 2018
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