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Connect Family Placements Registered Manager
from August 2012. My role included setting up training, attending IFA forums,
setting up a fostering panel, retention of staff and foster carers.
Facilitating the skills to foster course and initial visits.
I supervised admin staff, ISW's, foster carers and a student.
I also completed tenders for Local Authorities and registered
With London Care placements and completed the Diploma in Health and Social Care level 5.
Self employed from October 2011setting up an Independent
Fostering Agency Connect Family Placements, writing Policies and Procedures, Children's Guide, Statement of Purpose, Panel,
Staff and Foster Carers Handbook.
Designing day to day monitoring forms, job and person
specifications, recruiting staff and foster carers.
Next Step Fostering Practice and Development Manager
running a sub office in Croydon consisting of nine people, made up of administrative staff, qualified social workers and a youth worker.
I carried a case load of 5 foster carers, a total of 28 carers in this
sub office and 44 children. I supervised social workers including
completing their appraisals. I facilitated the skills to foster course,
training on life story work, I was also a member of the Fostering
Panel. I quality assured all work and ensured we were working to the Fostering Regulations and National Minimum Standards.
I was involved in recruitment and initial visits to prospective
I worked in an innovative way and we held a Black History
Celebration each year which I supported with organising.
I provided direct work to the children placed with my carers and assisted supervising social workers with completing direct work.
I promote work with birth children providing activities
discussions and one to one work.
Acting manager for Pro-Teen from June 2004 until October 2005
Commission for Social
then interviewed and appointed by the Commission for Social
Care Inspection as the Registered Manager. Duties included; to ensure all staff and foster carers are informed about policies,
procedures and expectations of the agency. To maintain statistical
information which is gathered to monitor quality performance and report to the board of Trustee's. To ensure all staff supervision is in place, to oversee supervision of foster carers and facilitate
support groups. To contribute to the personal and professional
development of staff and foster carers providing appropriate
training in line with the National Care Standards. To contribute to recruitment, assessment and retention of foster carers. Liaise with
local authorities and other agencies and manage the front line
response to any representations, complaints or allegations and inform the Commission for Social Care Inspection of any
notifiable events. To maintain the day to day running of the agency, to be part of the out of hours scheme and be responsible for one's own professional development.
Worker and Senior Supervising Social Worker
Pro-Teen Family Placement Service
Acting Manager in the absence of the Fostering Manager.
Assessing, recruiting, reviewing and supervising carers. Attending Pro-Teen and Local Authority Panels, Looked after Child reviews, placement agreements and professional meetings.
Facilitating support groups for foster carers, matching
placements and arranging an annual training programme for foster carers. Part of the OOH's service.
Play Therapy work for Turn Again Farm Children's Residential
Unit, FernDearle Children's Residential Home and a request to undertake life story work for NCH fostering. Direct work with
children and young people placed with Pro-Teen carers.
Leybourne Grange Hospital
Various part-time work whilst children were younger which
includes voluntary work with offenders, residential homes for the elderly and people with learning difficulties and a nursery school.
1973.1975 Leybourne Grange Hospital for people with learning disabilities as an occupational therapy assistant. Experience in teaching client
group swimming, feeding themselves, music therapy and basic
social skills as part of a normalisation programme.
Social worker in the Chatham
Medway County Council
and then Rochester Children and Families Team. Experience in looked after children, children in need, care proceedings, child protection, core assessments, Crown court, County court, Magistrate court and Coroners office.
Play Therapy, direct work with children who have witnessed the death of their parents, JIT (joint investigating with the police) video interviewing and adoption work.
Kent County Council Chatham East
Experience of duty assessment, case conferences, mother's own adoptions, group work with children, supervising a second year DIPSW student. Working with other professionals in mental health and the young offenders team. Life story work liasing with CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) with certain pieces of direct work.
Mental Health Care Group
Maidstone. Working with care in the community, as a care assistant with a client group with severe learning disabilities. Experience in writing care plans, assisting clients in basic social skills, administering medication, including sleeping over nights. This client group had come from Leybourne Grange Hospital.
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