Application deadline 25th September 2020
Job reference 320157
Job location Bradford
Hours per-week 37 hrs per week
Salary £30,507 - £32,878

Bradford striving for Excellence – making Children and Young People the Future

Through The Department of Children’s Services, Children’s Specialist Services



Family Finding Officer – (Fostering/Family Placement and Support Team)

2 x 37 hours

Based at Sir Henry Mitchell House

Our salaries are very competitive and we offer the following rates of pay (Pro Rata For Part Time Posts)

Social Worker PO1: £30,507 – £32,878 pa


The Code of Practice on the English language requirement for public sector workers, Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016, requires that Councils ensure that all candidates applying for customer facing posts must be assessed in order to establish their fluency in English.


The criteria under special knowledge and experience on the job profile which is shown in this advert, outlines what level of fluency you will be expected to demonstrate. Therefore, it is essential that you provide examples in your application.


Bradford is the 4th largest Authority with a population of 530,000 of which 150,000 are children and young people, making us one of the key cities with a young age group population.

Children are at the heart of everything we do. We are and continue to, embed solution focused practice by adopting the signs of safety model with key partners across the district within our work with families and we have a clear model of care for the children and young people we look after.


Within the Fostering Service we have developed a ‘Fostering Family Finding Team’ to ensure appropriate fostering families are identified in a timely manner to reduce drift and delay. As a Family Finding Officer, you will be dealing with all requests for in-house and external fostering placements, emergency, short and long term.


Each Family Finding Officer will be linked to one of the four locality teams, to achieve forward planning to meet the needs of all children and young people.

This is a specialist role for skilled and experienced individuals who are able to understand children in the context of their life story and attachment history and identify family placements which are able to meet their needs. It will involve identifying and building packages of support to increase the resilience of placements and with that, the likelihood of placements remaining stable and children being able to achieve and succeed in all areas of their lives.


Do you meet the following?


  • Hold a DIPSW or equivalent qualification and are registered with SWE as a qualified social worker.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to make good decisions based on the information available, ensuring effective relationships with other professionals.
  • Experience of family placements and care planning for children and young people
  • Possess excellent Innovation skills to join us on our journey to excellence.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to anti-oppressive practice and to the Departments equal opportunities policy.
  • Have the ability to work within and contribute to a team.
  • Possess knowledge of service needs for ethnic minority communities.
  • Have confident IT skills, and be able to navigate an electronic file system.
  • Have the ability to write clear, concise robust reports.
  • Have a flexible approach when need arises. Then we want to hear from you. What do we offer as a Council? We provide numerous Employee opportunities and benefits including
  • A structured and practical based induction programme.
  • An annual review of performance.
  • Excellent training and learning opportunities, including opportunities to develop practice based on interests and passions, through our practitioner led forums.
  • A culturally diverse workforce reflecting our communities.



What Benefits do we offer:


Access to a Credit Union

Payroll deduction savings scheme for BMDC employees


Health Care Plans

A healthcare cash plan is a type of insurance policy that lets you claim back the cost of treatments, such as eye tests, dental treatment or physiotherapy



The MetroFit scheme is an offer exclusive to Bradford Metropolitan District Council employees, designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, by entitling them to a discounted rate for certain sports and leisure activities.

VIC Staff Discount

Discounts available to CBMDC staff at the Visitor Information Centres in the District.

Travel Benefits

Travel benefits for major modes of transport.

Childcare Vouchers

Save money on all types of registered childcare for children.

Relocation Package

A relocation package may be available for successful candidates who meet the criteria.

Due to the size of the Bradford District and the nature of the work we undertake, there may be occasions when workers are required to work out of authority.


An enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service will be undertaken for this post.

If you would like to hear more about working for us, please contact Linzi Nicholson (Service Manager) on 01274 436196.


Closing Date: 25th September 2020


Interviews will take place week commencing 19th October 2020

How to apply

Apply online: Apply now