Registered Manager - Fostering

Job Title: Registered Manager - Fostering

Location: Alliance Foster Care, Northampton

Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time

Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum

Car Allowance: £4,000


We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Alliance Foster Care team in Northampton as a Registered Manager. The Registered Manager will be responsible for managing and developing all aspects of fostering resources and support functions. 


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.

Alliance Foster Care is based in Northampton and we cover Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.


About the Role

As Registered Manager you will be accountable for providing vision and leadership to teams within Alliance Foster Care.  The successful candidate will promote our agency and follow relevant guidelines ensuring the team meet the “Statement of Purpose” and remain compliant with legislation and regulations. You will manage all budgets and drive financial performance

Reporting the Regional Director, the Registered Manager will lead a small team including social workers and admins to ensure they have the support they need for effective team working and development. This team are responsible for 68 foster carers and over 100 foster children. You will seek opportunities for improvement, business growth and maintain key links within Local Authorities.


Who we are looking for?

We are looking for someone who has experience working successfully as a manager and leader to develop high performing teams within Children’s Services. Experience of working within fostering is desirable but not essential. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of policy and regulations of Children’s Services and experience of within with service and partner agencies to promote the children and young people.

You will need to be a qualified social worker and hold either:

  • A level 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services and Health and Social Care (achieved before January 2011), OR;
  • A level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (achieved after January 2011)

Due to the nature of the role you will need to have a full UK driving licence and use of a car for work.



  • Monitoring and maintaining full compliance with regulations and standards to ensure excellent outcomes for children and young people and excellent grades from the regulatory bodies.
  • Ensures that within the region there is provision of 24 hour professional support for foster carers and that an effective out of hours placement service is available for customers.
  • Ensures any matters concerning child protection are dealt with in accord with government guidelines and company policy.
  • Ensures assessments of prospective foster carers is in accordance with Outcomes First Group policies and procedures and government guidelines.
  • Responsible for ensuring the agency drives to achieve good outcomes for children and takes full responsibility for the service delivery to children, young people, the carers and families, in line with legislation, guidance and local policy and procedures.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, induction of new staff and retention of current staff.
  • Develops new business and fostering resources within the area where the agency operates.
  • Ensures effective client management and maintains external market awareness.


Essential Criteria

  • A track record in managing cultural and organisational change management.
  • Be a qualified social worker.
  • A level 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services and Health and Social Care (achieved before January 2011), OR;
  • A level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (achieved after January 2011).
  • A proven track record of experience within a similar field.
  • Experience supervising and managing professional staff.
  • Evidence of Continuous professional/ management development.
  • Proven experience of managing budgets.


But what else is in it for you? Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Up to 39 days annual leave each year (25 base entitlement + 1 One moment in time + 8 bank holidays + ability to buy up to 5 extra days)
  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the children and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

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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