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Childrens Placement Officer

Employer: North Somerset Council | Children and Young People's Services

  • Reference: YCPO798
  • Published on: Wed 08/02/2012 01:00 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 23/02/2012 17:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 22.5 hours per week
  • Salary: Starting salary: JG6: £22,221 p.a. pro rata (actual salary: £13,512 p.a.)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Based in Weston-super-Mare

The Children’s Placement Officer in the Children’s Placement Service (CPS) Team will be responsible for:-

1. Maintaining and managing the CPS Child Placement financial data base;

  • Ensuring requisitions are raised promptly
  • Updating financial information
  • Monitoring and tracking payments for services to Children Looked After
  • Liaising with service providers to ensure invoices match services purchased and follow up any discrepancies

2. Supporting Social Worker’s to populate each looked after child’s Individual Placement Agreement; to ensure all services, costs, aims and objectives of the placement are clearly specified; to enable placement monitoring to occur evidencing how the placement supports the needs and aspirations of the child.

3. Supporting the maintenance of effective procedures for managing the referral/placement process.

4. Providing advice and supporting the Placements Assistant to secure appropriate placements for looked after children, children with multiple and complex needs and children with special needs.

You will possess good communication and interpersonal skills, have an interest in finance, and are able to work flexibly within a team who work in a very demanding environment to deliver a high quality service. You will be able to work on your own initiative and be confident self starter.

You will have: significant experience of employment in Children’s Services; the Health or the Voluntary Care Sector; Excellent organisation skills; proven ability to work well within a team; excellent negotiation and problem solving skills.

For further information about the vacancy, please download the application pack and job description and person specification below.

If you require any further information about the duties and responsibilities of the post, please contact Jill Dickinson on 01275 884 855

This post is exempt under the previsions of the Rehabilitations of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check.

Anticipated interview date: w/c 12 March 2012

Equal Opportunities

The benefits of working for North Somerset Council:

  • Final salary pension
  • Generous holidays
  • Travel allowances
  • A strong commitment to work-life balance
  • All the benefits of a best practice employer
  • A diverse organisation with opportunities for career development
  • Flexible working times – including flexi-time, part-time, job share, term-time only

North Somerset Council is an equal opportunities employer

We welcome applications from all sections of our community regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

North Somerset Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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