Salary: £25,054 - £28,756
At Together Trust we believe everybody deserves an equal chance in life. There are no exceptions. We provide a wide range of support services including fostering, residential, community and family support. We also provide specialist educational support through our schools and colleges.
At Together Trust we’re committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the people we support. It’s a commitment we require from all of our staff and volunteers.
We follow a robust safer recruitment process and all successful applicants will go through recruitment checks. If you’re successful we’ll need you to have an enhanced DBS check. For all roles we’ll also need a minimum of three references. Depending on the role you apply for, we might also need to request references from each employer where you have worked with young people or vulnerable adults.
We’ll also need to know about any breaks in your employment history with evidence from documents like birth certificates or passports. If you’re successful and have worked outside the UK for any longer than three months in the last five years, we’d also need to complete a foreign DBS or code of conduct check.
We now have an opportunity for a passionate and highly organised communications officer to join our friendly team!
As our communications officer…
You will play a key part in planning and delivering communications to raise awareness of the work and projects that we take part in. You'll be confident enough to write, edit, coordinate and publish content through various channels including our own website.
You will project manage, monitor and respond to the media, plan and create multimedia content and materials including info graphics and videos, so a good eye for detail is essential!
Working collaboratively with the communications and marketing team and alongside wider teams across the trust you will build positive relationships, contribute to The Together Trust's web presence, lead on big projects such as our new brand, website and policy work.
You must have strong digital skills, a passion for communications, political lobbying and experience of working across different channels.
Please see information attached for full details of the role, we hope to interview for this role W/C 24th August
You are caring, passionate, positive, professional and supportive. You should be resilient and determined to make a difference within our organisation through the power of connecting people. We need a problem solver who can encourage our people to think outside the box. This is a challenging role which requires taking on a challenge of communicating to over 900 staff across 47 different services. You will be educated and hold a QCF/NVQ level 3 or 4 and have proven experience in a similar role.
Full details and application documents here
Location: South Coast
Salary: £40,500 PA + £1,500 OOH Allowance + £500 Home Working Allowance
Closing Date: 04/08/2019
Interview Date: 12/08/2019
Hours: 35 hours per week
TACT, the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity now has over 500 dedicated carers, who look after over 600 children and young people across the country. Our reputation and growth rests upon our strength in providing successful placements. As a charity, we do not have shareholders who receive profits and we invest all of our surplus income into service, staff, carers, and children’s development.
Our vision is to provide better lives for our children and young people
We are looking for a dynamic and experienced fostering Social Worker/Manager to lead the development of the South Coast team. This role will hold responsibility for supervision of staff and a small number of carers in this area and will support the Area Manager to further grow and develop this service. This post will cover the Hampshire and Dorset area with occasional travel to our Registered Office in South London.
TACT offer an excellent benefits package including:
To be considered, you will need to have experience of working with children and young people in a statutory setting and have a management qualification. You will also need to be HCPC registered and have a DipSW, CSS or CQSW qualification. An enhanced DBS clearance is required and this check will be undertaken by TACT on your behalf. the use of a car is essential.
You will be required to work an out of hours rota, attracting an additional allowance of £1,500 per annum.
Please see the job information pack for further information.
Closing: Sunday 4th August 2019
Interviews: Monday 12th August 2019 at TACT South Coast (BH23 6NX)
TACT reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.
Full details and application documents here
Salary: £24,300 per annum
Closing Date: 15/08/2019
Interview Date: 04/09/2019
Hours: 35 hours per week
TACT, the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity. Formed in 1993, we now have over 500 dedicated carers, who look after over 600 children and young people across the country. Our reputation and growth rests upon our strength in providing successful placements. As a charity, we do not have shareholders who receive profits and we invest all of our surplus income into service, staff, carers, and children's development.
Building upon our reputation for delivering excellent outcomes for children. We are now looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, highly-motivated Placement Officer with experience in administration within the social care field.
The Placement Officer is responsible for receiving placement requests for children who need to be looked after and matching them to our foster carer in cooperation with TACT' s team.
The role requires:
The successful applicant will have the following essential attributes:
A standard DBS clearance is required for this role and will be undertaken by TACT on your behalf.
TACT offer an excellent benefits package including 31 days paid holiday, flexible working arrangements, group income protection scheme, x10 death in service, stakeholder pension scheme and fantastic learning and development opportunities.
Please see the Job Description and Job Information Pack for full details.
Closing Date: Midnight, Thursday 15th August 2019
Interviews: Wednesday, 4th September 2019
TACT reserve the right to close this vacancy early if sufficient numbers of applications are received, you are therefore advised to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment
Full details and application documents here
Story By Iddi Cayman CFT Apprentice and Care Leaver
All I knew was that I was going to be going abroad for a proper holiday, not to say I didn’t have an amazing time in a static caravan in Wales the previous year. I was 12 and this would be the first time I would leave the country and the first time I would be flying, and I was very excited. My Foster Carers had suggested that we go to sleep at 19:00 however I was on a holiday buzz and I wasn’t going to sleep. I stayed up to watch TV until 22:30 where we all started the rush to shower and change before embarking on our car journey to the airport for a 01:30am flight. We all loaded into the car and there was a silence as my brothers and sister fell asleep within 10 minutes of the journey.
I sat watching the dark streets blur past the car window and it wasn’t long until we were pulling into the airport parking facilities. At this point, we started what felt like half an hour walk from the parking facilities to the airport itself. Despite weighing my suitcase after almost every item of clothing I was nervous that my case would be overweight. My brothers and I made bets on the weights of each bag. I was now five euros down.
Going through security put me on edge as my first experience with airport security would be the first of many checks. Of course, I would be asked to go through the full body scanner tube. I was so embarrassed and as soon as I was through, I regrouped with my Carers. A few airport security jokes later we journeyed through duty-free, I was amazed at all the high-end brand and products. I was ready to splurge all my pocket money when my Carer reminded me how annoyed I would be if I waste my money now.
Time to board, and I had a rush of different emotions, I was nervous I was flying, excited I was going on holiday and happy to be in another country in about 4 hours. I won the window seat, but there wasn’t much to see outside apart from the lights from the airport building. I settled into my seat, and the plane’s engines began to whirl up as we were going to begin the flight.
We took off, and I never forget the first time I felt that sensation and feeling that taking off gives you. Once we were up in the air, I looked out and saw all the lights across the city it was amazing. My brother hated me because I had the window seat to take in the view and within 10 minutes, I was falling asleep. I woke 2 hours into the flight and was startled by the sight out of the window of the wing of the plane bouncing and flexing. My Carer explained that the wing must flex, bend and bounce to enable the wings not to snap off.
I listened to music for the rest of the flight and time soon passed. We began our descent to the island of Rhodes, and I could see the lights scattered across the whole island and I was ready to get off this plane. The plane came into land and I was so excited I didn’t even realize we had landed; I was already grabbing my bags when my Carers insisted we waited for everyone else to get off. I remember the wall of hot moist air just hitting me as I walked out of the plane door it was intense.
We hopped on the transfer bus and were dropped off by an inlet area of the airport, where we were greeted by a series of security kiosks where we provided our passports and were waved through. We grabbed our bags from the conveyor belts and met our coach outside a short 15-minute ride to our hotel. We were given our keys and picked up on go-karts to our rooms with our luggage, it was about 06:50 when we arrived, and I wasn’t tired despite only sleeping 2 of the last 24 hrs. I lay in bed and I was out like a light.
The breakfast was amazing with all different types of foods from across Europe to choose from, and I wanted it all. We all had our fill and discussed the plan for the day. My brothers and I returned to the rooms to get ready to explore the facilities that were on offer to us. We visited the Blue Bay hotels Water park and 6 swimming pools which were only seconds away from the sea. Our balcony view was looking out to sea and in the distance, you could see Turkey. For the first day, my younger brother and I explored and abused the free all-inclusive ice-cream and fizzy drinks by making coke floats on holiday.
The second day we learned of the free entry bands for the water park for hotel residents, so we spent the whole day there briefly seeing the rest of our family in passing. I loved the freedom that this holiday gave me. At the water park I made friends with others around my age, and we grew close very quickly. Before the end of the day, we were all hanging out while our families were at the evening entertainment; Karaoke wasn’t my thing.
One evening my mates and I walked to a restaurant in the hotel complex called Pegasus. I felt very mature going for a meal without parents and Carers at a restaurant; of course, while in this foreign country I thought I must try some of the traditional Greek food. I ordered a burger however it counts as exploring with food since I had halloumi on it. It was delicious and my love for halloumi had begun.
I was a different person on holiday. I could be whoever I wanted to be, and it allowed me to recreate myself. As far as these people knew I wasn’t in foster care, I’m with my dad and new stepmom.
On this holiday I was still exploring my fashion sense in terms of clothing. I had all different styles of clothing I wore on holiday from a bright red button-up shirt to purple chinos or trainers with my name embroidered on them. That one look I promise won’t happen again, but I have one outfit which I still bring out once a year and it is for partly Irony and all novelty. I still enjoy a truly awful Hawaiian shirt the goofier the better with short Cream chino shorts!
The final day of our holiday felt sad. To be honest I feel once you can’t use your own room the holiday is already over. I was incredibly upset, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t throw a strop leaving the hotel on the coach to the airport. However, my Carers took one look at me and reminded me to not ruin the week that we have all shared, which had been incredible, and I will never forget.
My first holiday was amazing, and I looked forward to each holiday in the years to follow, they were all different and special in their own way.
Location: Fostering Chelmsford
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 04 August 2019
Salary: Salary £28,766 - £33,843 per annum pro-rata depending on experience
Specific Hours: 2 days a week (15 hours)
We have a fantastic opportunity to join our team and a growing fostering service in Chelmsford where you will be able to contribute to achieving positive results for young people.
As a Supervising Social Worker, you will contribute to the growth and development of St Christopher’s fostering services by playing a key role in the recruitment, training and assessment of foster carers and by building positive relationships with referring authorities and other professionals.
Applicants should have:
In return we offer:
At St Christopher’s Fellowship we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of Children and Young People. We use applications forms to capture the essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements. Unfortunately, CV's will not be considered. Your application must include a supporting statement addressing the criteria given in the Person Specification available on our website.
Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.
For the full Job Description for this role and more detail about what will be required, please click here. Your application must include a supporting statement addressing the criteria given in the Person Specification.
Closing Date: 4th August 2019
Please bear in mind that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
St Christopher’s is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community as well as applications from candidates with care experience or experience of being a care leaver.
Full details and apply here
Location: Norwich, Norfolk
Salary: £77 per panel
Contract Type: Relief / Bank Hours
Closing Date: Friday 09 August 2019
We are currently recruiting for Foster Panel Members for the Break Fostering Service. The Panel Member will be part of a central list of people who we will call upon to attend Panel for the purpose of making recommendations about the approval of foster carers.
An understanding of the needs of looked after children is essential together with a good sense of the attributes and skills needed to provide children who are looked after with high quality nurturing care. Good practical judgement combined with the ability to read and analyse complex written reports is needed.
You will be making an important contribution to the fostering service as a Panel member and more generally to the work of the Break Children’s Charity whose purpose is to change children’s lives for the better.
Salary: £77.00 per panel – approximately 4 panels are held every year.
Hours: As and when required
For more information regarding this position, please email the Fostering Operations Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Long Stratton, Norfolk
Salary: £19,344 to £20,430 pa
Contract Type: Permanent / Full Time
Closing Date: Monday 12 August 2019
We are seeking a Support Worker to join our team at our Short Break Centre in Long Stratton for young people with learning disabilities. This work includes personal care, some of the young people have complex needs and can exhibit challenging behaviour. We aim to enable the young people to be as independent as possible in a fun and caring environment.
The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate commitment, flexibility and enthusiasm. This challenging work requires energy, resilience and thought, but can be extremely rewarding.
This vacancy is open to men and women as we aim to provide a gender balance in caring for our young people.
The ability to work a rota/shift pattern is an essential requirement for this position, which will involve daytime, evening and weekend work including waking night shifts.
You will be required to complete a level 3 diploma in health and social care (if not already gained) which Break will fund, study for this is in your own time.
Break provides full training throughout employment to all staff.
Essential Job Details
Hours: 38 hours per week
Salary: The current full time salary scale for this position is £19,344 - £19,691 per annum, depending on experience and qualifications (maximum job rate potential is £20,430 which is performance related).
At appointment, the actual salary will be £19,344 per annum depending on qualifications.
Interviews for this position will take place on the 20th and 22nd August 2019.
For more information about this position please contact Melanie Julier on 01508 536515.
Location: Barnardo's Adoption Service LEASE (London, East Anglia, South East)
Contract type: Fixed term
Salary : £28,631 - £37,414
Closing Date: 14 August 2019
Interview Date: 3rd September 2019
Adoption Social Worker – fixed term post 1 year from September/October 2019
This role, which is home-based, will involve working as part of an established VAA Adoption team covering the South East region which includes Kent, Sussex, Surrey and some work into Hampshire.
The successful candidate will be involved in the preparation, assessment and support of prospective adopters who will meet the needs of children waiting for adoption placements. Our children are placed from Local Authorities around the U.K. and therefore some overnight stays and travel around the U.K. may be required. Ideally you will be a car driver and your home location must be within our region.
You will need to be an HCPC registered social worker and ideally have some experience in family placement.
When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document. This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.
Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore are open to offering flexible working arrangements.
At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.
Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.
Our basis and values
Full details and application documents here
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