Registered Fostering Manager

Location: Fostering Chelmsford

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 18 November 2019

Salary: Salary £42,000 - £50,000 depending on experience

Specific Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Registered Fostering Manager

Chelmsford

Salary £42,000 - £50,000 depending on experience

37.5 hours per week

Permanent

St Christopher’s is seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to support and develop our fostering services across the Eastern Region including Cambridgeshire,  Hertfordshire,  Peterborough,  Essex, Bedfordshire and the London borders.

If you have a successful track record of recruiting foster carers and providing the training and support necessary to build a thriving fostering business, we want to hear from you.

About Us

St Christopher's is an established children’s charity that has provided care for vulnerable children and young people for almost 150 years.  We provide fostering, children's homes and a range of innovative housing and support services across London, Bedfordshire, West Midlands and the Isle of Man.

We really care about children and young people, placing them at the centre of everything we do. We ask young people what they think and involve them in decision making, from helping to shape new services to interviewing new members of staff.  Our social pedagogic approach is our core philosophy of care.  Put simply this is a holistic approach for building positive relationships with young people to bring out their inner “diamond”.

This is a unique opportunity for you to build a fostering team that can deliver high standards of service and achieve excellent outcomes for children.  You will be backed by St Christopher’s centrally co-ordinated and targeted recruitment campaigns and supported by marketing colleagues.

Key aspects of the Role:

  • Contributing to existing marketing strategies
  • Taking part in marketing and recruitment campaigns
  • Building up a pool of Form F Assessors
  • Ensuring the quality of assessments undertaken personally or by Assessors meets the high standards expected by the organization
  • Achieving the growth targets set by St Christopher’s

Applicants should have:

  • CQSW, DipSW, BA Social Work or equivalent professional qualification, and registration with the Health and Care Professions Care Council(HCPC)
  • A Management qualification at least at level 4, or willingness to achieve the level 5 Diploma in Management
  • At least 2 years’ post-qualification experience of working in fostering or adoption, including direct experience of carrying out Form F assessments
  • At least 1 years’ experience of supervising professional staff.
  • Experience of implementing a range of effective marketing strategies/campaigns aimed at potential foster carers
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Hands-on approach and enthusiasm to embrace challenging but realistic growth targets.

In return we offer:

  • Salary £42,000 - £50,000 per annum depending on Experience.
  • 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
  • 5 % employer pension contribution, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
  • BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
  • Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme.
  • Discount shopping scheme at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
  • Discretionary Funded Training Programs.
  • Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.

Recruitment Process

At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an online application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.

Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.

Your online application must include a supporting statement addressing the criteria stated in the Person Specification.

For the full Person Specification click here

For more information or assistance during the application process, please contact recruitment@stchris.org.uk

Closing Date: 18th November 2019

Interviews:  25th November 2019

We currently have offices in London, Chelmsford and West Midlands – Interviews will be held at our Chelmsford Office 

St Christopher’s is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community as well as applications from candidates with care experience or experience of being a care leaver.

Apply now