Participation Officer (Children & Families - Fostering)

Participation Officer (Children & Families - Fostering)


Full-Time Participation Officer (Children & Families - Fostering)

Base Location: Long Eaton

Covering Location: East Midlands & South Yorkshire

Basic Salary: £17,000-22,000

Benefits: £3,000 Car Allowance, 30 days’ Annual Leave (rising to 35 with length of service) + Bank Holidays, Company Pension, Life Assurance x2, Employee Discount Scheme & Medical Cash Plan

About Us

Fosterplus was founded in 1996, giving us almost 25 years’ continuous experience as an independent fostering agency. Continuity is important to us, and we look to create it in everything we do – most critically, for the children and young people we look after.

Many who enter our care have experienced a disrupted childhood and our aim is to break this cycle and provide more stability. We do this by carefully matching the right foster parents to the right children, and making sure we’re always on hand with support, guidance and help.

Our expertise helps ensure more successful placements – and that’s exactly the sort of continuity we want. This commitment is spelt out in our mission which is to ‘provide positive and stable family environments for the children and young people placed with our carers and ensure that, with the support of our carers, they can thrive emotionally and academically’.

To provide this continuity, we focus on connections.

Full Time
Contract Type
Geographical Location
East Midlands
Long Eaton
Position Reference
Closing Date
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Role Details

Role responsibilities

  • Arranging activities and workshops for our ‘Looked After’ and birth children
  • Planning family events and days out
  • Forge close and productive working relationships with colleagues, Foster Carers, external professionals and multi-agency networks
  • Attendance at meetings with Professionals from Education, Health and Social Services sectors to support our Children and Young People’s care plans
  • Assessment, review and report writing, and maintaining clear records
  • Be aware of, and take responsibility for staying up to date with professional practice standards, legislation and company policy including confidentiality, GDPR, safeguarding, equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Provide support and guidance to our families and help promote the stability of foster placements

About You

  • Have significant professional childcare experience, with priority given to candidates who have some Fostering of Fostering sector experience or else can demonstrate significant Fostering knowledge and interest
  • Ideally possess a relevant qualification or evidence of formal training in childcare, childhood studies, education, social work, youth work, community work and/or psychology
  • Can demonstrate previous experience of building rapport with adults and children with an array of different needs and expectations
  • Able to remain calm when under high levels of pressure, emotionally traumatic situations and when dealing with difficult or confrontational behaviour
  • Intermediate IT skills to include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and databases
  • Have a full driving licence and unrestricted access to your own vehicle
  • Be willing to undertake an Enhanced DBS check (cost will be met by FosterPlus)

For an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Jenny Huggins on 07739 592 057.

To be considered for this post please submit an application.

In light of the COVID epidemic all interviews will be held virtually wherever possible and all appointments managed pragmatically in line with individual and company needs.