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Placement & Fostering Manager

North Yorkshire Council
North Yorkshire / Countywide
From £55,056 up to £63,367 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Apr 2024

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Here at North Yorkshire Council, we are extremely proud of the work our Children’s Services do, their hard work has been recently recognised by Ofsted in our 2023 review, rating us as Outstanding across all areas.

We have a fantastic opportunity to join our Fostering Service as the Placement & Fostering Manager. In this role you will be supporting the Head of Children’s Resources in the delivery of overarching service plans ensuring placement sufficiency needs are identified and the stability of placements for our Looked after Children in foster care is maintained.

Within this role you will support with the development of overarching strategies to ensure that placements for children are well matched and can meet need.  You will manage all aspects of the fostering service ensuring the service is effective, responsive and high quality in meeting all local and national statutory requirements and good practice guidance.

You will focus on the delivery of the service area in line with the current national legislative requirements and all policies and procedures. You will ensure that the strategic vision and priorities of the Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) are delivered collaboratively and that they have a high impact on outcomes. One of the focuses will be to promote the work of the Children and Families Service across local, regional and national forums, including media outlets.

You will develop new projects, programmes and working practices which maximise benefits to children, young people, families within our community and take the lead on planning, implementing and evaluating a number of service development and quality improvement initiatives.

About you

We are looking for someone with a ‘can do’ attitude who thinks creatively and places children and carers at the heart of their work.  In North Yorkshire we have an embedded practice model and want someone with the vision and innovative thinking to drive this forward within the service.  We need someone who is committed to transformational change and innovative solutions to service delivery and development.

We need you to have a full awareness of current national developments for children and families service and have a full understanding of Children’s Social Care statutory frameworks and experience and knowledge of the OFSTED inspection frameworks for fostering services.  As well as extensive knowledge and fundamental understanding of current research and practice standards in relation to children & families and fostering at a local and national level and principles and models of Quality Assurance and performance management.

For an informal discussion about the role and the service please do contact Rosie Appleby Head of Placement Support on 

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From the 1st April 2023 the eight district, borough and county councils in North Yorkshire merge to form the new Council, serving 611,000 residents.

The County of North Yorkshire is the largest County in England and Wales. Within the county are 598 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 530 square miles of the North York Moors National Park. The county is included in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

Whilst the economy of the County has traditionally been dependent on agriculture and tourism, there is a fast growing high technology base and this, together with other forms of light manufacturing industry, is of increasing importance. The Council has an active policy of economic development and the predominantly rural character of the County is highly attractive to high technology businesses as well as the traditional industries of farming, food production and tourism. The County contains several centres of great historic interest, market towns that invite light industrial development, the modern coalfield area in the South, scenic, lightly populated upland areas and the extensive lowland area in the Vale of York.

With a brand new Council, newly elected members, the prospect of a new combined authority as well as its’ first ever mayor, North Yorkshire is on the cusp of a new dawn. The county already has firm foundations - a strong culture and identity which is rich in heritage; thriving communities where the people and places are resilient and innovative; beautiful scenery with stunning landscapes, quaint villages, market and coastal towns; plus the vibrant cities of York and Leeds just on the doorstep.  This amazing county combines the best of the traditional and the modern, and is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in the UK.  North Yorkshire is a great place to live, work and do business.

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