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Fostering Service Manager – Quality Foster Care

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Service Manager to join Quality Foster Care in South Benfleet, Essex. Quality Foster Care is part of Five Rivers Childcare, a leading national fostering agency and social enterprise, recently awarded Employer of the Year by Children and Young People Awards now. We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced Fostering Service Manager who will inspire and lead a team of dedicated, skilled staff and carers who are passionate about providing children and young people with the opportunity to flourish and fulfil their true potential. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Service Manager to join Quality Foster Care in South Benfleet, Essex. Quality Foster Care is part of Five Rivers Childcare Limited, a leading national fostering agency and social enterprise, recently awarded Employer of the Year by Children and Young People Awards Now. We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and experienced Fostering Service Manager who will inspire and lead a team of dedicated, skilled staff and carers who are passionate about providing children and young people with the opportunity to flourish and fulfil their true potential.

Vacancy Details
Department: Fostering
Location: Benfleet, Essex
Salary: £47,000 to £56 500
Closing Date: 16th of December 2022
Reference: VA634
Vacancy Description

Fostering Service Manager – Quality Foster Care

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Service Manager to join Quality Foster Care in South Benfleet, Essex. Quality Foster Care is part of Five Rivers Childcare Limited, a leading national fostering agency and social enterprise, recently awarded Employer of the Year by Children and Young People Awards Now.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and experienced Fostering Service Manager who will inspire and lead a team of dedicated, skilled staff and carers who are passionate about providing children and young people with the opportunity to flourish and fulfil their true potential.

This opportunity is in our office in South Benfleet, Essex. This role will be instrumental in developing and delivering Quality Foster Care’s Business Plan and will help shape, influence, and implement the future growth and development of our Fostering Service.

The person appointed will be the Ofsted Registered Manager and will be accountable for the service meeting all regulatory requirements and leading in our ambition to move from a GOOD to OUTSTANDING Ofsted judgement for this Fostering Service.

You will have demonstrable experience or knowledge of working in a commercial environment within a childcare setting, with a strong commitment to turning around the lives of the children and young people with whom we work.

Experience in resource and performance management is essential and you will need to have a good knowledge of the Fostering Regulations and National Minimum Standards. The person appointed will need to be able to provide an operational setting which is practice based but also commercially sensitive and financially viable.

There are exciting challenges and opportunities for the new Service Manager as Quality Foster Care and Five Rivers continues to develop and improve its services.

The Service Manager will be working with a team who are driven and ambitious to continually improve the service they provide to children and foster carers. They will have a good deal of autonomy to shape the way the service is planned and delivered both locally and more widely as part of the national Operational Management Group.

To be considered for the post you will need to have experience of working in a management position within a Fostering Service, either in an Independent, Voluntary or Local Authority setting.

You will need to hold a current Social Work England Registration and either hold a Level 5 in Leadership & Management qualification or be prepared to undertake training to achieve this within the first year of appointment.

You will be required to travel extensively in the area covered by this service and occasionally beyond for meetings and other events in your role as part of the Fostering Service Operations Management Group.

The hours for this role is 37 hours per week and will be office based

About Five Rivers
Five Rivers Child Care is a Social Enterprise; we have been turning children’s lives around since 1989. We know how important it is that we look after you, so you can look after the children who need you, and that is one of the key reasons we were named Employer of the Year at the National Children and Young People Awards 2021

You will receive:
• £47,000 to £56 500 salary plus on call allowance
• Annual Salary review.
• On Call allowance of £1200 per year
• Car allowance of £5,100
• Professional social work supervision provided by the Operations Manager
• 25 days plus eight bank holidays annual leave allowance
• Pension scheme and access to employee assistance program
• Perkbox discount scheme membership
• Simply Health Medical Cash Back Plan

Please note we reserve the right to close this role earlier than stated depending on the number of applications we receive.

Do not delay your application. For more information, please e-mail our recruitment team at [email protected] or call 01722 435750 option 2

Five Rivers Child Care is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People. Applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate child protection screening, including employment references and DBS check

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.