Medway Council is looking for a Service Manager to lead the Fostering Service and work collaboratively with colleagues across the Adoption Partnership South East. You will report to the Head of Provider Services.
You will be responsible for driving our ambitious new sufficiency plan, where we are extending our sufficiency offer to better provide stability for our children in care and enable them to live closer to their families. Medway has a clear vision for the increased recruitment of foster carers from the local community, so strong leadership skills and the ability to be creative and deliver change will be required. It is our ambition to enhance our support offer to Medway Foster Carers and improve our retention, building their skills and knowledge to safeguard our children and achieve positive outcomes and placement stability for them.
This management role will contribute to the provision of an outstanding fostering service through the design, implementation and review of policies, procedures and systems. You will work with colleagues across Medway Council, building and maintaining engagement across departments and with foster carers to support the promotion of positive work practices and outcomes for children in care.
You will be a qualified social worker with substantial knowledge and experience of working within fostering. You'll also have substantial management experience and a track record of successfully managing team budgets.
Medway Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package. This includes:
• Competitive starting salary of between £48,658 and £52,681 per annum depending on experience
• Market Premia of £7,000
• Retention payment of £2,000 per annum, following 2 years' service.
• Relocation Expenses of up to £8,000
• Essential Car user allowance or Lease Car scheme
• Free parking
• Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
• Hybrid working arrangements with accessibility to equipment to work from home
• Up to 30 days annual leave entitlement
• Various staff discounts
If you share our passion for improving the lives of our children and young people then we would love to hear from you.
About Medway – the place
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
With a population of 280,000, Medway is the largest conurbation in the south east outside London. Today, Medway is one of the south east’s most dynamic places to live, work, learn and visit. Just 35 minutes on high speed train to London and other excellent transport links to the rest of the country and Europe through the motorway, port and airport networks, Medway is an ideal location for people looking for a great place to live and work.