Placements Officer – Children & Families Service

Job details

Salary - Grade
GBP £32,868 to £34,062 32868 - SO1
Contract Type
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
Children & Education
Children & Families Service
Closing date

Hackney Children and Families Services are currently recruiting to the role of Placements Officer within the Placement Management Unit. This exciting and varied role is responsible for commissioning all care arrangements for looked after children and young people in Hackney.

The Placement Management Unit (PMU) is a commissioning team that is responsible for sourcing care arrangements and support for looked after children and care leavers in Hackney. The team is responsible for commissioning high quality care arrangements, supporting stability for children and young people, as well as ensuring best value for the Local Authority. The team supports the reduction of placement related expenditure through better and consistent management of contracts, quality assurance as well as negotiating competitive and consistent prices.

The team supports the ongoing quality assurance and management of providers under a variety of different framework agreements and spot purchasing arrangements. 

The team works closely with Social Workers across Children and Families Service, finance colleagues and external agencies/ providers.

You will work closely with Social Work Units, in-house fostering social workers, and external providers to identify high quality care arrangements and accommodation for looked after children, care leavers and other young people in need of support and accommodation.

You will be an efficient and well organised individual that thrives in a fast paced environment with transferable skills. Excellent attention to detail and great communication skills are essential.

An enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please click on the apply button below.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience. 

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date for applications: 26 June 2022

Assessment / Interview date: 20 July 2022

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available