Placement Officer

Job Type:
Job Sector:
West Midlands
Broadgate House
£21,589 to £26,999 per annum
Salary Description:
£21589 - £26999
Coventry City Council
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Children’s Services is a service area within Coventry City Council that supports children and families across the city. The vision and commitment of Children’s Services ensures that a high quality and child centred service is provided, ensuring the right help at the right time and engaging with partners.  Children’s Services is committed to outcome-driven and impactful interventions and measures success by the outcome for children and families.  The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of Coventry and its population and understands the need for a reflective and flexible service with a strong Early Help offer to provide early and targeted intervention so that families can access the support they need from a variety of partners and agencies.  A successful recruitment and retention strategy has resulted in a committed and stable workforce who are dedicated to delivering excellent services to children and young people in Coventry.  If you are an experienced social worker or looking to return to practice we want to hear from you. It is a great time to join our diverse workforce within Children’s Services, with great opportunities to develop your learning, ongoing training to improve practice, a clear way to progress through our progression pathway, and an engaging team that recognises success and values staff.  
What is the job role?We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic, individuals to join our Placement Team.

Our team currently has 2 positions available for Placement Officers, we have 1 full time 37 hour post and 1 part time 18.5 hour post. When applying, in your personal statement, please indicate which post you are applying for.

The team are responsible for sourcing quality residential, fostering and supported accommodation placements for children & young people who are in need of protection and are not able to live with their families. 

When a placement is required for fostering, residential or supported accommodation, the placements officer will be responsible for contacting and liaising with our internal provisions and independent providers to identify a suitable placement match. 
The Placement officer collates the potential options and shares them with the social workers or Personal Advisor to identify the most appropriate placement for the young person.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Who are we looking for?We are looking for individuals who:

have a good level of IT skills
have a strong customer focus
excellent prioritisation and organisational skills
effective communication skills
able to multi-task and work under pressure
prioritise their workload and respond in a timely manner
have the ability and willingness to learn
be adaptable and work flexibly
have the ability to develop and maintain knowledge of different service provisions to meet the needs of looked after children, care leavers and vulnerable young adults
ability to work in partnership with other professionals to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of the diverse range of children and young people who require our help, support and protection.

Experience of working with children and young people and the issues that looked after children may face is desirable, but not essential. 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

All attachments for the job can be found here

Introduction to Coventry City CouncilCoventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

Flexible working arrangements
Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
Pay progression through multiple increments
Outstanding local government pension scheme
Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
Vibrant employee networks 

Contact Details:
Coventry City Council
Tel: 0200 000 0000
Contact: Resourcing Team (TP)

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