Placement Officer – Children’s Services

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Placement Officer – Children’s Services
Contract / Temporary

Wandsworth 6710-1

Posted: 10th March 2023 12:12
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  • Pay Rate:

    £16.56 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    36 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 12 weeks

  • WANDSWORTH, London,

    SW18 2PU

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Placement Officer – Children’s Services

Reference no: Richmond 6710-1

Pay rate: £16.56 per hour PAYE

Role Length:  This opening assignment is for 12 weeks

Enhanced DBS required for this role

Working outside normal office hours may be required on occasions

This role is to undertake placement searches and commission internal and external placement for children and young people aged 0-18 years. To cover placement duty dealing with requests for emergency placement, short term placement and also long term placements. Also required to work closely with all of the front line social work teams, looked after children's teams and leaving care teams to ensure that the most suitable placements for the children and young people are identified.

To ensure the effective delivery of services which are on time, and within budget and to work with children, young people, parents and carers, bringing together various agencies and implementing the statutory duties and responsibilities in accordance with all relevant legislative requirements, policies and procedures and agreed performance targets.

Key responsibilities:

  • Deliver services that improve outcomes for children as set out in the Care Planning Regulations 2010 – 2015 Children Act (1989) and the Children and Adoption Act (2002) to ensure that the Council fulfils its obligations to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989.
  • Offer a timely and supportive service to find placements in collaboration with social workers, assistant team managers and team managers on a daily basis within Specialist Children’s Services.
  • Ensure that Mosaic casework within team is managed both timely and safely. Ensure placements made in line with statutory duties and current legislation for children and families.
  • Cultivate and maintain excellent relationships with Council Foster Carers, and a wide range of Independent Foster Agencies, Residential homes, and Semi Independent providers.
  • Ensure costs of placements are kept as low as possible while maintaining high quality of service ensuring the needs of the child are met and exceeded whenever possible.
  • Contribute to the monitoring of commissioned placements, including taking the lead on monitoring Semi Independent Providers, and helping to ensuring providers are clear on their organisational statuary responsibility and the councils expectations.
  • Routinely attend and contribute and lead when appropriate to Placement planning and placement disruption meetings.
  • Undertake site visits to a range of external placements providers including IFAs, Residential units and Semi Independent units.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:


  • Professional social work qualification, CQSW or Diploma in Social Work (Dip SW) OR robust equivalent professional experience with specialist children services.



  • Experience of delivering operational services and sourcing and brokering services, experience of working with a range of placement providers that meet the needs of looked after children and care leavers.
  • At least one year experience of working at a similar grade within a similar role/team.
  • Experience and skill in participating in multi agency planning groups involving children and young people, parents and carers, advocates and providers and negotiating plans and outcomes with staff, service users and carer’s advocates.
  • Experience and success in understanding the diverse needs of children and young people and of working with parents, families, carers and within professional networks.
  • Significant experience of using standard IT packages, including case management systems.
  • Experience of partnership working and collaboration.
  • Experience of getting best value and getting clear financial information from providers.



  • Understanding of relevant legislation affecting work with children.
  • Detailed and contemporary knowledge and understanding of the national statutory frameworks, government priorities and published guidance for children and families.
  • Excellent knowledge of the IFA, residential and semi independent provider market across London and the wider region. Including a good knowledge of specialist provision for high need children and young people.
  • Knowledge of commissioning services to meet the needs of looked after children and care leavers.
  • Good understanding of national policy and developments in relation to Children’s services.
  • Good understanding of financial constraints and best value considerations.



  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload, to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Good oral, written and analytical skills.
  • Ability to develop successful relationships with a range of statutory and voluntary stakeholders.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload, to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other agencies and organisations.
  • Ability to negotiate outcomes and strategies between stakeholders who have conflicting priorities.
  • Strong IT skills using Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. ***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.
  6. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.



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Placement Officer – Children’s Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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