Job Title: Advanced Practitioner

Location: Kent

Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time

Salary: £41,500 per annum

Car Allowance: £3,000 per annum

Closing Date: 06/08/2021


About the Role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an Advanced Practitioner to join our team at Heath Farm. The ideal candidate will share our ongoing commitment in providing excellence in the quality placements we provide for the children and young people in our care. This is a permanent position.

Advanced Practitioners are responsible for supporting the Team Managers in the overall management of the region in order to develop practice and growth of the fostering service, ensuring a ready supply of safe, caring foster placements that offer protection to a wide range of children and young people.

This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Heath Farm.


About the Group

We are part of the National Fostering Group – the UK’s largest independent fostering family.

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. Our most recent Ofsted inspection rated us as outstanding.

Heath Farm is based in Kent and covers Kent, London and Essex.

Who we are looking for

This really is an exciting opportunity for career development as we seek a highly energetic and enthusiastic member of the team to assist with the overall management and development of service.

Heath Farm is an independent fostering agency with a holistic, wraparound care approach for children who have complex needs. We are based in Whitstable with the expectation of travel which may include Essex and London to support our carers.

Specialising in therapeutic foster care, we have a model of multi-disciplinary working and a wraparound service for looked after children.

This wraparound model of care supports children who have complex needs, while working closely with local authorities and the child’s family.

We have a highly qualified therapy team on hand to support foster carers and  thestaff team. The successful candidate will need a good understanding of trauma in children and how to work with our professional foster carers and associated network to help young people settle and develop. We are proud of our children’s outcomes and you will be part of this exceptional opportunity to change children’s lives.

With an outstanding team of carers and staff, who specialise in providing therapeutic care for children with complex needs, we provide four key services. These are:

  • Foster care
  • Education
  • Therapy
  • Contact

We work alongside six independent therapists who support children affected by trauma and difficult past events. You will be working alongside our clinical lead to help children and carers get the very best out of our services.

A high level of support is crucial for foster carers. The successful candidate must be creative in thinking how support can be used and make individual to the child and carer.

Heath Farm runs the Highly specialised ‘Mockingbird’ model and as a senior member of the team, you will work alongside our Mockingbird lead to ensure all carers receive exceptional support.

Essential Criteria

  • Car driver and access to a vehicle
  • Current registration with the relevant Social Work regulatory council (e.g Social Work England/Wales, NISCC, SSSC)
  • Recent experience in services for children

Why work for us?

  • Holidays starting at 25 days per annum
  • Extensive training suite
  • Career development across the Group
  • Professional support network
  • Pension
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters"- access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services
  • Employee Rewards Hub – access to discounts, offers and cashback with 100s of retailers


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

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