Job Title: Assessment Manager
Salary: Up to £37,370 per annum + £3,000 car allowance
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Home Based covering the North West / Midlands area. Favourable locations for potential applicants include Stoke, Stafford and their surrounding or intervening areas. Although primarily home based there will be occasional days of travel to local offices when required. We would be happy to clarify this element further if you wish to contact us for an informal discussion.
About the Group
We are part of National Fostering Group.
Our highly skilled and dedicated fostering community supports Local Authorities by providing short or long-term foster placements for thousands of vulnerable children and teenagers throughout the UK. With 100% of our 26 regional fostering agencies officially recognised by Ofsted, Welsh and Scottish regulators as either ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’, it is perhaps not surprising that more people choose to foster with our fostering agencies than any other fostering provider in the UK.
About the Role
We are looking for a highly skilled practitioner to manage and co-ordinate a team of assessors, to ensure the approval of high quality Foster Carers, whilst ensuring Fostering Regulations, National Minimum Standards and Regulatory Requirements are met.
The Assessment Manager will manage the assessment element of an applicant’s ‘carer journey’. As part of the National Assessment Service, you will oversee applications to foster from receipt of positive initial visits through to presentation to a fostering panel if the assessment is successful. In addition, the post holder will work with the Head of the National Assessment Service and Leading Assessment Managers to develop a pool of suitable freelance assessors, allocate assessments to assessors and supervise their work including robust quality assurance of assessment reports. This must be undertaken in a manner that ensures that the National Fostering Group provides a high quality and professional services for local authorities placing children and young people.
Who are we looking for?
You will be an experienced Social Worker with first-hand knowledge and experience of fostering assessments and the ability to ensure that they are completed to a high standard in line with agency and regulatory requirements. You will possess excellent knowledge of relevant fostering policies, regulation and legislation. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be computer literate, with a current driving licence as this role will require travel to regional offices within the National Fostering Group. Previous management or supervisory experience is desirable but not essential.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.
We are an Equal Opportunities employer.