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Fostering Assessment Manager

Job Title: Fostering Assessment Manager

 

 

Reporting To: Assessment Team Manager

 

 

Location: Styal, Office Based with regional travel / Remote working due to Covid

 

 

Salary: £37,500 - £42,000 

 

 

Benefits: Company Car with fuel card or Car Allowance with paid mileage / Private Health Insurance / Life Assurance - 4x salary / Internal Reward Schemes 

 

 

Role Purpose:

The aim of this post is to manage the assessment process of potential Foster Parents and to work with the assessment team to continually develop and improve the quality and efficiency of the Foster Parent recruitment process.

 

 

About By the Bridge: 

By the Bridge with Cambian is an innovative, dynamic, independent fostering organisation providing high quality foster care and services to children and their foster families. 

 

We aim to create an environment where all people feel valued and can grow, develop and achieve their goals.  We work to ensure that By the Bridge with Cambian is an organisation, which thrives on the diversity of its staff, families and children, to ensure that we assist and care for those most vulnerable, and advocate with them, and on their behalf.

 

 

Responsibilities

 

  • Manage the social work assessors, both independent SW and internal SW staff in delivering  the assessment to deadline, through phone, email, face to face and web forum
  • Decision making regarding each assessment and effective communication with families
  • To quality assure each assessment for social work content as well as all statutory checks and references
  • Manage the timing of assessments in line with panel availability to ensure efficiency, liaising effectively with the Panel Manager and Panel Chair as required
  • Manage the IT systems required for the efficient running of the process, including the CRM system
  • Oversee delivery of each family file coming into the organisation
  • Provide reports / statistics to the Operations Manager and Management on families in assessment, as required
  • Chair regular meetings within the team regarding families in assessment
  • Liaise with panel to gather feedback on assessments to improve quality
  • Oversee working relationships with the medical officer – contracting and day to day issues
  • Produce clear and concise assessor guidelines
  • To recruit suitably qualified assessors
  • Contract with third party organisations for the utilisation of assessors where appropriate
  • Provide an assessor training programme, either individually or in groups to provide clarity over BtB ethos
  • Provide guidance to the organisation on developments in assessments within the UK and any relevant changes in legislation
  • Liaison with a range of staff, including Panel Manager, Panel Chair, recruitment and assessment team, external assessors, medical officer, referrals manager and others

 

 

Person Specification

 

  • Previous experience of completing Foster Parent Assessments
  • Social Work Qualification
  • Good communicator with ability to form strong relationships internally and externally
  • Highly organised with a keen eye for detail
  • Flexibility to travel to deliver training courses or attend meetings in different regions
  • Ability to oversee other staff
  • Highly literate
  • Able to prioritise
  • Previous experience of managing people to deliver foster parent assessments (desirable)
  • Previous direct fostering experience (desirable)
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Jobs at By the Bridge with Cambian

By the Bridge with Cambian is an innovative, dynamic, independent fostering organisation providing high quality foster care and services to children and their foster families. 

 

We continually strives to achieve excellence for our children and young people, foster parents and staff. And every member of staff makes a valuable contribution towards improving the lives of children. 

 

People are at the heart of everything that By the Bridge with Cambian is about.  It is vital for our children, that our foster parents and staff are inspired and motivated by working for us. 

 

We aim to create an environment where people feel valued and can grow, develop and achieve their goals.  We work to ensure that By the Bridge with Cambian is a fun place to be, where people are treated fairly and rewarded well for the work that they do.

 

By the Bridge with Cambian is an equal opportunities employer

 

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