Vineyard Fostering


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Registered Manager

Job Title: Registered Manager

Salary: up to £52K

An exciting opportunity has become available with Vineyard Fostering, a recently registered independent fostering agency. We are seeking a Registered Manager who will be responsible for the strategic planning and development of the fostering and support functions of the Agency. This is an exciting, progressive role, and we are looking for candidates who will bring creativity and lead a culture of continuous development and high aspirations for the Agency.

As Registered Manager, you will promote the values and objectives, and drive the vision, of the Agency. The successful candidate will be responsible for growing Vineyard’s business operations, ensuring that placement and foster carer recruitment targets are met, delivering high quality and safe family placement services to children and young people and developing and maintaining good links with Local Authorities and other professional partner and stakeholders.

Reporting to the Service Director, you will be expected to provide strong leadership to staff and foster carers, monitor performance and progress and be accountable for ensuring that all regulatory requirements and compliance matters are fully met.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have:

  • Social Work England Registration
  • Experience of developing or managing a fostering service. We will also consider senior social workers with relevant experience in fostering and excellent knowledge of the fostering regulations, standards and procedures and are willing to take additional training to meet the demands of the role
  • Experience of dealing with Local Authorities and other professionals and stakeholders
  •  NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership or be willing to undertake this qualification on commencing the role
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work under pressure and prioritise activities
  • Ability to manage a team, promote collaboration and use initiative
  • High level of literacy, numeracy and computer skills
  • Access to a vehicle
  • Willingness to adapt to new ways of working, be flexible and creative

You will be required to demonstrate how you meet the requirements for the role –  please consider the points in the person specification and the job description.


  • Competitive salary
  • Yearly performance bonus scheme
  • Exciting opportunity to develop a new agency
  • Ongoing training for professional and career development.
  • 28 days annual leave with an additional day added for each year of service rising to 30 days

For further information or to apply, please contact us on 01582 522308 or email completed application form to

Closing date: 19th November 2021.

We reserve the right to close this earlier than the stated closing date if we have enough prospective applicants.

Independent Social Worker – Form F Assessor

  • To assess and prepare prospective foster carers
  • Prepare Form F reports for panel
  • Present assessments to fostering panel
  • Plan and carry out home study assessments with prospective carers, using the BAAF Form F format.
  • Agree and work within timelines of the agency and meet those deadlines
  • Help prospective foster carers to contribute to their own assessments as much as possible.
  • To respond to queries or concerns that the prospective carer[s] may have during their assessment
  • Identify when prospective foster carers are not suitable for the agency.
  • Discuss the progress of assessments with the Assessment Manager of Vineyard Fostering.
  • Produce a detailed, high quality written report that is well evidenced and offers social worker analysis around the applicants demonstrating their suitability to foster.
  • To attend the Panel at Vineyard Fostering alongside the applicants to present the completed form F assessment.
  • Adhere to the agency’s standards of confidentiality.
  • Check DBS documentation, & health and safety risk assessment and other related documentation on behalf of the Vineyard Fostering.
  • To complete personal references, ex partners and other references that may be required to ensure that checks have been verified and explored as far as possible regarding the applicants’ suitability to foster
  • Undertake visits to personal references for potential carer[s]
  • To undertake activity designed to raise public awareness of the need for foster carers and to promote the positive image of Vineyard Fostering service.
  • Compose and type assessment reports and Form F documents ensuring all required information is provided.
  • To liaise with other professionals and agencies relevant to the assessment of the prospective carers and the placement of children and young people with them.
  • Provide copies of all reports and correspondence to Vineyard Fostering.
  • To report any conflicts of interest or possible conflicts of interest to the Registered Manager at the earliest opportunity.
  • To work to the standards laid out in the Fostering Services – National Minimum Standards and Fostering Services Regulations (2002), published in accordance with the Care Standards Act 2000 section 23(1).
Form F Assessors undertake assessments for Vineyard Fostering on a self-employed basis. We require individuals with the necessary skills and experience to undertake detailed home studies of prospective foster carers and to write high quality assessment reports. The nature of this post will require flexible working to meet urgent needs as they arise. This will inevitably entail some work outside normal office hours. The job description is therefore not exhaustive. The post holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to these duties, which may have to be varied after discussion, subject to the needs of the service and in keeping with the general profile of the post.





Recognised Social Work Qualification, CQSW, CSS, DipSW




Experience of working within a statutory childcare setting or other voluntary or private sector agency.


Experience of undertaking assessments of prospective carers, relatives or friends.



Able to demonstrate skills in assessment.


Full clean driving licence and supply own vehicle



Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing


Ability to work as a member of a team



Able to inform, advise, reassure and support prospective and approved carers



Able to respond positively to all members of the community and to relate to individuals from all walks of life and all sectors of society.




Knowledge of National Minimum Standards and Fostering Service Regulations 2002.


Sound knowledge of good child care practice, and relevant legislation regarding looked after children.

Equal Opportunities


Able to demonstrate an understanding of equal opportunity issues and the application of anti-discriminatory practice.

Apply to be a Form F Assessor