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Placements Officer

Placements Officer

The post holder will be part of the Home Finder Team. The function of the team will be:


  • Work with social workers and their teams to identify care providers children and young people who need to be looked after by the Local Authority.


  • To provide a child centred approach in their identification of suitable Care providers.


  • To provide information to social workers to enable them to match the child/young person to the best available resource.


  • To provide a single port of call for providers, commissioners, and operational colleagues


  • To establish and maintain effective positive working relationships with external providers.


  • To work closely with Childrens Commissioning team to support processes for commissioning providers to meet the needs of children/young people.


The postholder will:


  • Contribute to ensuring timely, effective, and cost-effective placements are sought for all Children and Young People to meet their needs through identifying in house resources and/or externally commissioned provisions


  • Finalise placement agreements for each individual child/young person placed with Commissioned providers.


  • Contribute to the development, implementation, delivery and management of countywide, multi-agency services for children, young people and their families;


  • Support a culture of learning and continuous development through encouraging and supporting team members to demonstrate their commitment to training and development activity.


Duties and responsibilities:

Listed below are the responsibilities this role will be primarily responsible for:


  • providing an effective and timely response to all requests for placements for children and young people.


  • ensuring a professional and approachable manner, in person and via telephone and email communication


  • working effectively in partnership with all other areas of the service


  • ability to gather and analyse information effectively and efficiently


  • approaching Independent providers enthusiastically and proactively to maximise placement choice and placement stability for children and young people


  • providing a child centred, respectful, persistent and solution focussed approach to requesting and securing placements for children and young people
  • ability to respond to emergency requests for placements for children and young people
  • ability to work with independent providers to effectively plan and prepare for future placement needs


  • keeping effective records of placement requests and search activity for all on/off framework searches detailing providers approached, their responses and ensuring records reflect discussions with operational colleagues re identified resources.


  • ensure records provide sufficient detail to respond to requests for information regarding placement activity


The candidates must have:


  • Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject e.g. business adminiatration, health and social care, or equivalent.
  • Substantial experience in a relevant role.
  • Time Management skills.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Knowledge of social care and/or housing or health policy and practice.
  • Understanding of markets.
  • Understanding of partnership working.
  • Understanding of performance information.
  • Confidentiality
  • Can work effectively with colleagues from a number of other agencies
  • Research and gather information
  • Demonstrable commitment to Equal Opportunities.
  • Personal commitment and drive.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivating with good organisational skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and in a range of situations.
  • Ability to contribute to team and partnership working.
  • Observe integrity, openness and accountability.
  • Access to a car or access to a means of mobility support (if driving, must have a current valid driving licence and appropriate insurance).
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£14.41 p/hr