Placement Monitoring Officer
Placement Monitoring Officer
Permanent, Full Time
Up to £23,430 per annum
Closing Date: 25th July 2021
Children and Families service is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners, delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.
The Placement Monitoring Officer works as part of a team to ensure the external provision (External Fostering, Childrens Homes, Sia's), including NRPF Accommodation, sourced for children and young people who are "looked after", meets the regulatory and quality standards of both Ofsted and Essex County Council.
- Undertake Quality Assurance and Health & Safety visits to external providers, delivering placements, support and NRPF Accommodation for children and young people, to ensure expected and contracted standards are met.
- Identify and escalate quality and contract issues to managers within the Placement Service and Procurement teams, to facilitate prompt resolution.
- Responsible for ensuring all relevant documentation i.e. reports on quality assurance visits, Health & Safety, risk assessments, is received from the provider, to enable sharing with other professionals e.g. contract managers.
- Deliver agreed processes, notifications and recordings on visits made, to provide accurate records and enable trends and concerns to be identified.
- Build strong working relationships across the Council and with providers and other organisations and agencies, to ensure children and young people are provided with high quality placements and support.
- Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Educated to RQF level 3 (GCSE) or equivalent by experience.
- Evidence of development within role and knowledge in the relevant professional area.
- Experience of working in a supportive relationship with children, young people and families.
- Experience of working with and challenging providers of care and support
- Experience of undertaking quality assurance visits
- Experience of collaborating with other professionals and agencies for the benefit of children/young people.
- Competence in the use of all forms of IT and the ability to communicate clearly, both written and verbal.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.