Main purpose of the job:
The Placements Officer will respond to placement requests and identify placement and service solutions. In addition they will develop relationships with Local Authority Placement Teams, promote vacancies, undertake associated administration and contractual functions, to ensure the highest possible standard of appropriate placements for children and young people referred
Receive referrals, make appropriate matching decisions and record relevant information
In consultation with the Assistant Director ensure that each person placed is carefully matched with a carer capable of meeting their needs.
Maintain a database of information relating to referrals. Provide statistical information on referral and placement trends to inform service development.
Liaise with all stakeholders regarding the placement
Obtain funding agreements and complete Local Authority Contracts, Pre-Placement and Individual Placement Agreements.
Liaise with Local Authority Customers to promote the services of
Develop administration systems pertaining to the post.
Attend and participate in internal and external meetings and forums.
To take responsibility for your own professional development - supervision, appraisal and training.
To actively participate in monthly supervision.
To take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/herself and of other persons who may be affected by their acts and omissions and co-operate with management to enable management to carry out their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act. Employees have equal responsibility with the company for health and safety at work.
Placements Officer Person Specification:
Educated to GCSE standard
Educated to A Level standard
RSA Typing or typing speed of no less than 35 words per minute
Business Administration Qualification
Evidence of continued professional development/education
Experience in sales, customer care or account management environment.
Experience of working in a health, social services or welfare environment
A proven track record in obtaining and maintaining clients, increasing sales or providing customer support solutions.
Experience of working within an organisation regulated by legislation and a demonstrable ability to work within a policy and procedural framework.
Demonstrate experience in producing clear, accurate and concise reports and correspondence using IT software packages.
Experience of utilising a range of IT programmes and maintaining database systems.
A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word & Excel.
An understanding of the role of foster carers, and the needs of children within the care system.
Ability to work with a degree of autonomy, in a flexible and creative manner, whilst observing polices and procedures.
Excellent inter personal skills and able to communicate with a wide audience.
Ability to work as part of a team.
Ability to assimilate new technology and systems quickly.
Attention to detail and the ability to complete work accurately and to deadlines.
Ability to process distressing, sensitive and confidential information in a professional manner.
Prepared to be flexible regarding working hours.
Willingness to travel if required
A commitment to Equal Opportunities in all work practices.
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“At Kingston Smith, we’ve worked with Caroline for over 20 years and I am very happy with the service we’ve received. She is always extremely helpful and quick to respond to vacancies. The high-calibre candidates she sources have helped us to build a very effective, expert workforce.”
- Maureen Penfold (Managing partner)
"Caroline and the team have an extensive knowledge and background within the recruitment sector and work with a wide network of people with a range of job disciplines. They work effectively and are quick to put forward candidates who closely match what we’re looking for. After working with them for the past 15 years - I couldn’t recommend them enough!"
- Garry Payne (Head of HR)