Placements Officer - Part-time job in Chesterfield Derbyshire

Placements Officer - Part-time | Five Rivers Child Care

Placements Officer - Part-time

Salary: £22,440 - £25,500 (pro-rata)

City: Chesterfield

Employment Type: Part-time, permanent

Hours per week: 24

Holiday Allowance: 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro-rata)

Closing Date for applications: 27/05/2019

Please note: In an event of a high level of applications, we reserve the right to close this role earlier than stated

Due to the ongoing expansion of our services, we are seeking a dynamic and highly organised Placements Officer to join our fast paced and friendly Fostering team in Chesterfield

Five Rivers Child Care is a leading independent Social Enterprise, providing care and education services for children and young people throughout England and Ireland. Following the acquisition of our Partner Agencies – Foster Care Line, The Fostering Company North east and Safehouses. We are recruiting a Placements Officer to join the team at our Fostering office in Chesterfield to oversee and be the initial point of contact for referrals.

Working alongside the Supervising Social Workers, you will assist in the identification of potential foster carers following our matching process in order to create stable fostering placements to meet the needs of looked after children. Due to the nature of this role, you must always maintain confidentiality.

Essential Criteria:

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to promote and maintain good working relationships with internal and external professionals
  • Customer focused
  • The ability to use numerical data and to create reports
  • IT literate and able to use Windows Excel, Word and Outlook
  • The ability to work collaboratively and flexibly.
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Good written, numerical and verbal competence.

An understanding of the operation of IFA’s in the Social Care sector and/or previous experience of working in the social care sector would be advantageous, although full training will be offered to the successful candidate

Job Description:

  • The main point of contact for referrals and information from Local Authorities.
  • To allocate referrals to Five Rivers’ staff and to ensure agreed timescales for responses to referrals are met.
  • To obtain additional referral information where necessary.
  • Maintain contact throughout with LA’s including follow ups of placement offers.
  • Maintain and update the foster carer profile database.
  • Maintain data on carer availability and referrals and create reports as required.
  • Liaise with foster carers on referrals as appropriate.
  • Support the work of the Carer Recruitment officer.

Who are we?

Founded in 1989, Five Rivers Child Care is a social enterprise committed to turning children’s lives around. We provide a range of services to looked-after children including fostering, residential care, education and assessment and therapy.

Employee benefits

We know how demanding and challenging our work can be. We value our staff and want to recognise and reward you for the work you to. Some of your rewards and benefits include:

  • A generous annual leave allowance
  • On-going training and learning
  • Simply Health Cashback Scheme
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Long service and recognition scheme

Five Rivers is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People, applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate child protection screening, including employment references and DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Five Rivers is an Investor in People and Equal Opportunities employer


  • Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire
  • Job Title: Placements Officer - Part-time
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