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IFA Senior Practitioner (Placement Matching)
 
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IFA Senior Practitioner (Placement Matching) 
Salary £40,869 - £43,860 per annum | Based in Kingston | 12 Months Fixed Term| Full time

About the role
This role will be responsible to the Head of Fostering Service but working closely with the Heads of Placement
Commissioning in both branches. This role will enable AfC’s IFA to maximise the use of our in house foster carers and have an effective placement matching process in both branches.

The postholder will have responsibility for all in house placement finding and matching. They will work to maximise fostering capacity by reducing the number of in house carers who are either on hold or have less children placed than they are approved for. The post will lead on developing reciprocal arrangements with neighbouring local authorities where in house carers have vacancies that cannot be filled with children from Richmond, Kingston or Windsor and Maidenhead. They will develop and oversee a step down programme where we identify children in residential that could be placed with in house foster carers.

 The postholder will be supervised by the Head of the Fostering Service but work closely with the Heads of Placement Commissioning and their teams. They will oversee that placement searches and matching considers both in house and external IFA carers simultaneously to achieve the best match whilst maximising the use of AfC’s in house foster carers. They will supervise up to two Placements Officers focusing on in house placement finding and matching in the two operational areas.

They will support the Fostering Branch Managers to ensure all placement matching is fully compliant with legislative and regulatory requirements and support colleagues to deliver the best possible service for children and young people and for current and prospective foster carers.

About AfC
We are a not-for-profit 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. To find out more about us click here

About you

  • Educated to degree level with appropriate professional Social Work qualification (CSS/CQSW or
  • DipSw, MA SW,BA Hons SW)
  • Experience of applying in practice, the principles of child care legislation in relation to children
  • looked after and fostering.
  • Demonstrable negotiating and project management skills.
  • Experience of placement finding , matching and monitoring.
  • Strong analytical, and planning skills for assessing, and reviewing children and young people’s
  • needs, and planning packages of care across a range of cases; able to explain professional
  • reasoning judgements, and decision making.
  • Experienced in assessment & appropriate management of risk; ensuring tailored plans are
  • created that deliver safe and outcome focused care.

About our benefits

When you join AfC you will have access to:

  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures. 
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
  • Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all. 
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation. 
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.

To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children here



Start dates

Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.



To apply 

Please apply online uploading your current CV and include a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role, as outlined in the Role Profile.pdf



Closing Date: 26 April 2021

Interview date: w/c 3 May 2021



If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Natalie Bugeja at natalie.bugeja@achievingforchildren.org.uk  to request an informal discussion.  

 

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer, this extends to welcoming candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

 




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