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Care Placement Officer - Children And Schools (Admin and Clerical)

Sector: Government / Local Government

Location: Berkshire

Type: Contract or Temp

Pay rate: £12 - £12

Job Purpose - Temporary position starting 1 March - 30 April 2021
In conjunction with the Commissioning Officer, commission and liaise individual spot purchase care packages for Children’s & Family Services including but not limited to: Schools, respite, fostering agencies and other services from the private and voluntary sectors. 
Our client is looking for a candidate to start as soon as possible !
Occasional office presence in Newbury could be required at the request of the Manager.
18.5 hours per week, currently you would be home working, although depending on relevant guidance this may change.
It would be spilt as evenly as the candidate could make it, i.e. 3.5 hours per day.
Our client would also be reasonably flexible with the working times of day, but would prefer the middle part of the day manned, i.e. 11-2.30.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
·     Process placement requests from social workers / area teams.
      Initiate searches with providers.
  • Record results on Care Director on an ongoing basis.  This may include searches for independent foster care (IFA), residential care, parenting assessment placements, 16+ supported accommodation, education placements OR other needs as they arise. 
  • Draft placement templates / spot purchase order forms and liaise with relevant team / manager for sign off and ensure these are added to the system accordingly.
  • Add placement details to Care Director as required, ensuring relevant finance teams are updated of any changes.
  • Communicate with partner colleagues on both South Central IFA and Residential frameworks. Liaise with duty team colleagues (in particular Family Placement Team) to review ongoing search progress and record information around placement searching activities.
  • Support information requests as required for Accommodation & Resources (A&R) panel as required.  This meeting is held every two weeks to discuss / agree costs for placements.
  • Request supplier set up information for new providers, adding to Care Director or Agresso as required.
  • Comply with WBC health and safety policies, procedures and rules, taking reasonable care of self and others.
·       Provide support to ensure relevant reporting and management information is prepared and shared with relevant stakeholders, both internal and external
·       Communicating effectively with the public, Local Authority Officers and Elected Members, as well as contracted suppliers across all disciplines and voluntary and community sector partners.
·       Working at all times within the strict principles, legal requirements and good practice guidelines for data and information handling, maintaining security and confidentiality
·       Promote equality as an integral part of the role, treating everyone with fairness and dignity.
·       Comply with health and safety policies, procedures and rules, taking reasonable care of self and others.
·       Adhere to the standards set out in the competency framework.
Educated to degree standard or equivalent Essential / Desirable
A-Level standard of education or equivalent experience
5 GCSE’s or equivalent to include Math’s and English at grade C or above.
A working knowledge of Children’s & Family services.
Minimum 3 years’ experience working within the statutory, private or voluntary sector service.
Knowledge and understanding
Ability to understand and access the needs of vulnerable children.
Basic knowledge of the Council’s constitution
Understanding of the local government environment
Skills and abilities
Working with excel and databases to a workable level, to manipulate, analyse and Interpret data.
Proven skills to  support and advise colleagues to inform commissioning decisions
Skilled at negotiating  with internal/external providers
Ability to use Word, Outlook, Zoom and a web browser to access information
Work-related personal qualities
Able to influence and negotiate with a wide range of audiences
Experience of working in a fast paced changing organisation and environment.
Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
Excellent organisational, communication and presentation skills.
Other work-related requirements
Ability to attend meetings at any site.
Full driving license


This is an immediate requirement, so if you are interested in the position – or even finding out more information
– please do not hesitate to APPLY today!

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