Service Manager Fostering, Adoption and Home Finding Teams

Herefordshire Council
HC12 £59,238 - £65,151 per annum (including £5,000 Market Forces Supplement per year)
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
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About The Role
Job Title: Service Manager Fostering, Adoption and Home Finding Teams
Hours: 37
Salary: HC12 £59,238 - £65,151 per annum (including £5,000 Market Forces Supplement per year)
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 03/12/2023
The Role
Are you a qualified social worker and experienced and Team Manager with experience of Fostering assessments and working with foster carers?
We are seeking a permanent Service Manager to drive forward the support to foster carers, adopters and special guardians, as well as supervising the Home Finding team for children. You will be part of a creative and supportive management team.
You will drive the recruitment of Foster Carers for our children, regarding assessments for connected and mainstream foster carers and Special Guardianship assessments. You will lead on and helping to promote fostering for Herefordshire to allow more of our children to be placed locally and maintain their links with their family, friends and school. You will lead the Fostering Support team to support, supervise, retain and promote the voice of our foster carers and uphold the Fostering National Minimum Standards. You will also lead the Permanence support team, supporting timely adoption and permanence for children and support to Special Guardians and kinship carers.
You will work closely with our Marketing Officer and Communications team who are experts in Marketing and Communications and are really supportive of the Fostering service.  It would be beneficial if you have Fostering/ Adoption assessment experience and experience of working with foster carers.  Do you have a good knowledge of the relevant legislation and standards for Fostering? Are you passionate about children being supported to fulfil their potential, by recruiting and supporting our foster carers really well?
We would be very pleased to receive your application, we are also available for an informal chat please do contact; Robina Khan at  01432 383452 
We Offer
A competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement, and access to our contributory pension and staff benefits scheme, which includes:

  • Salary of £59,238 - £65,151 (including £5,000 market rate supplement per year)
  • Relocation packages: support of up to £10,000
  • Pension Scheme Enrolment in the Local Government (LGPS)
  • Professional development: protected time and budget to support social workers develop themselves and their careers.
  • Career progression: clear pathways to progress
  • Generous Annual Leave: 26 days’ annual leave (pro rata) plus bank holidays. After five years’ continuous service, this increases to 31 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays. You can also purchase an additional 10 days per annum
  • Flexible working: flexi-time, job-share, part-time hours and, in some instances, home working
  • Employee Assistance Programme: 24/7 access to support and counselling
  • Payment of professional membership fees
  • Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts.

The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:

  • Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;
  • Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and
  • Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care. 

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.
To apply, please submit your CV and complete the supporting statement within the application form, referring to the job description & person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you would like to obtain details regarding feedback on your application please contact Hoople Resourcing at:

About The Company
Herefordshire is a beautiful, historic county located in the heart of the Marches on the border with Wales. We are one of the most rural and sparsely populated counties in England with a wealth of unspoilt countryside, distinctive heritage, and lively and attractive market towns.
Our priority in Herefordshire is to keep children safe and give them a great start in life. It’s the priority for the council, our partners and for all of us who work with Children & Young People. 
How do we do this? By having dynamic, dedicated, passionate and professional staff who work in a culture that focuses on what we can achieve with children, what they can achieve themselves, and the relationship we build with families and partners to enable this. We have invested heavily in training and developing staff in our relational practice approach with our improvement partner Leeds City Council, so it's an exciting time to join Herefordshire – we believe in investing in you so you can be the best you can be!
Herefordshire has a really strong team ethos. Our teams are passionate about the work they do and the positive difference they and the teams they are in make to people’s lives. This is all underpinned by the focus and support from their managers and the council as a whole. 
We will deliver better support to our most vulnerable children and their families, develop stronger relationships with partners across the region, and beyond.
Come to Herefordshire and join the journey.


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