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Fostering Branch Manager

Achieving for Children (RBWM)

£44,396 – £48,332 pa

Achieving for Children

Permanent

Full Time

37 hours per week.

Enhanced

04/10/2018 at 23:59 PM

AFC000244-1810

Achieving for Children (RBWM)

Vacancy Description

Achieving for Children is an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, expanding into the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in 2017. We are responsible for delivering the entirety of children’s services in all three local authorities.

Achieving for Children has been up and running for three 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.

The Fostering Branch Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of our fostering service in Windsor and Maidenhead and promoting the development of our independent fostering agency. You will be responsible for:

  • Pursuing the best possible outcomes for children and young people who are in care through arrangements that meet their needs.
  • Taking responsibility for ensuring excellent team performance through staff development ,planning, supervision and performance management in line with Achieving for Children policy.
  • Ensure that our sufficiency strategy is successfully implemented and carers are recruited, trained, and supervised in line with regulations, local targets and good practice guidance.
  • Ensure robust arrangements are in place to support the effective and timely working of our Fostering Panels.
  • Take responsibility for the management, deployment and control of delegated budgets and financial resources,maintaining high standards of financial probity and ensuring services deliver excellent value for money.

We have been up and running for four years providing children’s services for Richmond and Kingston, 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. In August 2017 we took responsibility for providing children’s services in Windsor and Maidenhead and are currently engaged in implementing our plan to provide an independent fostering service across all operational areas.

To become a fostering branch manager for Achieving for Children, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following qualities:

  • Excellent knowledge and practice base in fostering practice and legislation, including regulations and national minimum standards.
  • High level inter personal skills and experience of successful people and team management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with people at all levels.
  • The ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and use professional networks successfully.
  • Excellent analytical and planning skills to contribute effectively to matching and permanence planning meetings and plans.
  • The ability to chair multi-disciplinary meetings and set SMART action plans.
  • Skill and experience of the role of fostering panel advisor
  • Actively support a culture of innovation and enterprise within Achieving for Children.
  • Experience of managing budgets and working with finance partners.
  • Promote diversity and equality in the development and delivery of services and in all aspects of people management.
  • Deputise for the Head of Fostering when required.

In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. Our learning and development offer was highlighted as a key strength by the judging panel when they named us Social Work Employer of the Year in 2016.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Matthew Edwards on 07894 230769 for an informal discussion.

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 successful candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check.

Closing date: 4 October 2018

Interviews: 10 October 2018

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