Placements Officer - South London

South London, London
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Job Summary

  • Job Reference: JSTWSC310120A_1580481760
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Date Posted: 2020-01-31
  • Location: South London, London
  • Job Status: FullTime
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-31
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  • Tradewind Social Care Recruitment

To identify, monitor and quality assure placements for children and young people in the care of the Council, which includes young people aged up to 19 and children with disabilities. This role involves working closely with social workers, providers of foster care, residential care and colleagues across children's services, adult services, education and health.

This post will take work in partnership with commissioning colleagues to assist in contract monitoring and quality assurance within the team and will lead on developing effective systems and processes to ensure that high quality placements are utilised that offer value for money and improve outcomes for children and young people.

To find high quality, carefully selected placements based on a child/young person's needs. This involves respond to placement requests, both planned and emergency, by searching for placements using London Care Placements Frameworks and in house databases of preferred providers and those who are tried and trusted. Liaison with social workers, team managers, health and education colleagues, providers of care, placement officers, other local authorities and foster carers is fundamental to ensure that the placement is appropriately matched with the child/young person.

To assist in the contracting process for the Placement service, developing contracts for placements and ensuring that all contracts are in place, are robust and that challenges are raised with providers when necessary. This will involve in depth knowledge and expertise about London Care Placements contracts and other use of contracting processes so that approaches can be developed to working with providers based on outcomes, contracting penalties and incentives.

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