Family Finding Worker - Part Time

Location: Homebased – Yorkshire & North-East 

Hours: 14 hours per week (Thursday & Friday)

Contract - Permanent - Part-Time

Salary: £10,395.60 per annum + £300 per annum homeworking allowance

As a ‘not for profit’ organisation, TACT puts the needs of our children and carers first and look to appoint individuals who are as passionate about fostering as we are. TACT invests all surplus income into staff, carers, and child development. This means that we have been able to establish expert in-house support services such as our TACT Health and Education Services and create TACT Connect, our ground-breaking scheme for care-experienced young people and adults.  New staff will join us as we embark on a journey to become a wholly trauma-informed organisation with the aim of increasing our effectiveness and improving outcomes for the children and young people in our care.

We pride ourselves on our flexible working opportunities, an extensive wellbeing programme, and our benefits package, all curated to support a healthy work-life balance for all our staff. We will also invest in your learning, supporting you to grow and develop during your employment with TACT.  You will be encouraged to attend personal and professional development opportunities and will have access to learning and resources to empower you to advance your knowledge and skills.

We are currently the 4th Best Charity to work for and the 16th Best Mid-Sized Company in the UK according to The Best Companies criteria and our survey results have evidenced “outstanding” levels of engagement amongst staff in recent years. You can view our Best Companies summary video here.

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual with experience in administration within the social care field to work with us as a Family Finding Worker. This role is home-based, and it will cover placements for our Yorkshire & North-East areas.

The Family Finding Worker is responsible for receiving placement requests for children who need to be looked after and matching them to our foster carer in cooperation with the Duty Social Worker.  The role requires exceptional communication skills and discretion, sensitivity and the capability to deal with conflicting priorities at times.

In this role, you will be responsible for…

  • Processing referrals received from the Local Authority requesting a place for a child
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with Local Authority Placement Teams
  • Liaising with appropriate parties regarding discussion of potential matches
  • Reviewing sensitive and confidential documents
  • Establishing professional relationships with colleagues, carers, and the children they look after to ensure the best outcomes for the children and young people in our care

You will be suited to this role if you have…

  • Experience in a social care & health setting
  • Experience of working with children/young people
  • Knowledge of current safeguarding procedures.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to build a rapport and a positive working relationship with external partners.

Please see the Job Information Pack and Job Description for further information.

TACT Yorkshire and North East team are also currently recruiting for a part-time (21 hours per week) Children and Young People's Wellbeing Practitioner role, which is advertised separately. We would welcome applications from candidates who feel able to meet the requirements of both posts and would be interested in full-time employment (35 hours per week) with a combined role comprising both posts. Any applicants interested in combining both roles will need to be based within the North East region, in order to meet the travel requirements of the Wellbeing Practitioner role.

A standard DBS clearance is required for this role, which TACT will undertake on your behalf. 

  • Closing Date: Friday, 26 April 2024
  • Interview Date: Thursday, 9th May 2024 (via Microsoft Teams)

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and TACT believes that only the people with the right skills and values should work in social work.  As part of TACT’s commitment to safeguarding, we properly examine the skills, experience, qualifications, and values of potential staff in relation to our work with vulnerable young children.  We use rigorous and consistent recruitment approaches to help safeguard TACT’s young people.  All our staff are expected to work in line with TACT’s safeguarding policies.

TACT does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

TACT reserves the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.