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Practice Manager - Fostering Post Approval

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

Are you an experienced fostering practitioner ready to take on a new challenge? We are seeking a Practice Manager to join our dynamic post-approval team and help drive our vision for an outstanding fostering agency.

As a Practice Manager, you will play a pivotal role in supervising and supporting social workers as they provide foster carer support and implement practice developments aligned with local and national needs. Working alongside another Practice Manager, a Team Manager, and a dedicated team of Social Workers, you'll contribute to creating a nurturing environment focused on the well-being of both carers and the children in their care.

What will you be doing?

Your responsibilities will include collaborating closely with colleagues from various teams, such as Children in Care and Placements Services, to ensure effective placement utilisation, stability, and necessary support. Safeguarding and the implementation of the Signs of Safety approach will be central to your work, alongside maintaining excellent compliance across your cohort through effective tracking. Additionally, you will participate in daytime duty manager functions in the office one day per week and provide in-person support to the team on a weekly basis.

About you

We're looking for someone with a solid understanding of Fostering Regulations, Fostering National Minimum Standards, and Care Planning and Placement Regulations. As a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England, you will bring your expertise to the table along with a valid driving licence and access to a car.

If you are ready to make a real difference in the lives of foster carers and the children they support, we want to hear from you.

Join us in shaping the future of fostering excellence.

Apply now.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 17th April 2024 at One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED.

Our benefits

We are committed to continuous improvement, building a skilled, knowledgeable, and flexible workforce alongside promoting innovation and creativity whilst keeping children, young people and families at the heart of all we do.

We really value our workforce and offer you a great benefits package including:

  • 2 Day Induction Programme
  • 2 days Signs of Safety training (social care colleagues)
  • Extensive Learning & Development and career development opportunities
  • Flexible and family working arrangements including enhanced maternity benefits
  • A permanent, supportive and inclusive management team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions
  • Local government Pension Scheme
  • Heavily subsidised town centre car parking scheme
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • 28 days’ annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time) and an additional 5 days, after 5 years’ service
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 25 days
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Monthly quality supervision
  • SWE Registration paid yearly (social care colleagues)

About us

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust was established in November 2020 to deliver Children’s Services to the newly established North and West Northants County Councils. The Trust is wholly owned and funded but operationally independent from the Councils; this provides the organisation with unique opportunities to explore new ways of working and to be more agile and adaptable in its approach to service delivery. We are developing a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish and evolve, delivering at the cutting edge of new innovation. 

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