Team Manager – Fostering

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Team Manager – Fostering
Interim Position

PCC (HQ) PCC18312

Posted: 11th June 2024 18:14
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £36.92 per hour PAYE depending on experience (tbc)

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Team Manager – Fostering 

Reference no: PCC (HQ) PCC18312 

Pay Rate: up to £36.92 per hour PAYE depending on experience (tbc)

37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3 months


Please note that the pay rate is provisional

Enhanced DBS disclosure required

Hybrid. Approx 1-2 days a week at office and WFH the rest of the time.

Manage the daily operations and staff of the Fostering Recruitment Team which also includes making placements for children who need a foster family.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the Council meets its statutory obligations to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, complying with legislation, statutory guidance, policy and procedures and relevant frameworks
  • Provide effective leadership and organisation of the team, including the prioritisation and allocation of work so that children and their families receive a timely and efficient service
  • Develop and embed a performance culture within the team to ensure targets are met and poor performance is effectively managed
  • Lead a process of continual improvement through undertaking monthly audits and ensuring recording is of a high standard
  • Monitor the team’s performance with reference to local and national key performance indicators and local practice standards and take action when required
  • Ensure that care planning is robust and effective in order that children achieve permanence in a timely manner and young people seamlessly transition into adulthood
  • Oversee cases within the Public Law Outline Framework and ensure that these progress within the set timescales
  • Support the development of the Council’s policies, processes, practices, and systems, ensuring that they are current and conform to best practice and comply with legislation
  • Authorise assessments, reports and care plans and take responsibility for ensuring plans for children and their families/carers are implemented in accordance with statutory requirements and practice standards
  • Build and promote successful partnership working across agencies and with children, young people and their families, to deliver more cost effective and valued services

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF

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.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles

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:

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.


  • Social Work qualification
  • HCPC Registered


  • Excellent knowledge and application of relevant legislation, statutory guidance, and procedures
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the statutory framework and current research on effective safeguarding practice and promoting the welfare of children
  • Good understanding of the role of being a Corporate Parent in line with the Corporate Parenting Principles


  • Experience of managing staff and resources within a frontline statutory service staff
  • Substantial post qualifying experience of working in a children and families statutory setting

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing
  • Good interpersonal skills enabling productive working relationships with staff, colleagues, and partners
  • Good supervisory skills, including reflective supervision
  • Ability to audit social work practice and drive improvement
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and oversee the management of the team
  • Ability to monitor performance and ensure targets are met and standards are achieved, in terms of consistency and quality
  • Ability to use IT effectively to support communication, workload, and a flexible working approach
  • Ability to deal with complaints in an effective manner
  • Ability to lead a team and develop effective working relationships with colleagues in partner organisations
  • Ability to lead and influence teams through a period of change
  • Ability to provide clear leadership and clearly communicate the vision and direction of the service
  • Ability to foster innovation and new ways of working
  • Ability to analyse information and advise and make decisions on complex cases


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Job Ref: PCC (HQ) PCC18312
Team Manager – Fostering
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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