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David – Registered Manager

As the registered manager I am accountable for providing vision and leadership to my team and I have overall responsibility for the smooth running and compliance of my registration. I also have over 25 years previous experience and knowledge of fostering, placement commissioning, looked after children and leaving care.

As a manager I ensure my staff are well informed, trained and skilled to enable them to support the foster carers and children we care for.

My overarching responsibilities include;
• Recruiting new foster carers
• Assessment of foster carers
• Carer engagement
• Professional development (staff & carers)
• Participation (carer and children young people)
• Relationship Management; building and maintaining positive relationships with local authorities
• Health & Safety (staff, office and carers homes)
• Compliance
• Safeguarding
• Strategic Planning and service development
• Oversight of the Fostering Panel & Panel Advisor
• Oversight of compliments and complaints
• Data Protection

At home we have two dogs and I’m a big Arsenal fan!

Becky – Supervising Social Worker

I am mum to two young children who keep me on my toes when I am not working.I enjoy anything creative as well as baking, music and films. I spend most of my ‘free’ time enjoying days out and trips with the children and spending time with my family. We have a dog so we  make the most of going out for walks with him too.

I qualified as a social worker in 2009 and went into residential children’s homes for 4 years before practicing as a supervising social worker in fostering which I have done ever since. I love my job and being able to see the progress that children and young people are able to make when placed with carers.

Gemma – Supervising Social Worker

I am a supervising social worker at Fostering Solutions Oundle. My first role within the social care sector was when I worked as a carer in a children’s home, working with children between 11 and 16 years old. From here I moved to Peterborough CSC where I stayed for 5 years, working in Child in Need, Child Protection and the Looked After Children team. From here I moved to the NSPCC for 5 years, this role was therapeutic direct work with children and young people, and also educative and support sessions provided to parents and carers. The main themes within the work were sexual abuse, CSE and sexualised behaviour. As well as direct deliver of services, I also delivered training to other colleagues and professionals.

Louise  – Senior Administrator

I have worked at the Fostering Solutions Oundle for 6 years now, I was only supposed to be here for 10 months. I am the senior administrator and have responsibility for all things concerning foster carers, including DBS checks, medicals and annual reviews. I arrange review meetings and panel and generally support the team in their various roles. I also have a company wide responsibility to update any administrative guidance and offer support to other administrators who are either new to the role or need to seek advice. I was previously a youth worker and then an assistant co-ordinator of a PRU in Northamptonshire. I have to say my life is far quieter now.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and love Yoga (I need to get back to classes though!!)

Hannah Pearce –  Team Administrator

I joined the Fosering Solutions Oundle team as an Administrator in October 2018. Before then, I worked as a receptionist and administrator at a BMW dealership. After graduating from University with a degree in Sociology and Criminology, I was eager to find a job role which combined both my interests and skills. This role has been perfect for that. I have really loved working with a great team and getting to know the foster carers.

In my spare time I like to socialise with my friends and family, read and watch films.

Rose – Carer Recruitment Officer
I have been with the team since November 2017. I have been married for 6 years to my husband Lee and together we have our two boys; Callum who is a very cheeky two year old and Bastille our family dog who will be 6 this year!  I have been a foster carer and went on to adopt our little boy so have been through the same assessments as our foster carers! Prior to working at Fostering Solutions I worked within the sure start children’s centre for 8 years in many different roles, including family support worker, children’s worker and children’s centre manager. During this time I worked with families who were on a child protection plan , child in need or those that needed a specific piece of work around parenting. After Callum came into our lives I decided that I wanted to do something different to support children and having the experience of fostering and adopting led me to this role

What is a Carer Recruitment Officer?

My role is made up of two main elements;

Recruitment
My role is to plan and attend events to raise awareness for the new of new foster carers– this may be going along to a summer fayre, meet up at costa coffee or being a market trader for the day!

Engagement
This part of my role is to continue to support not only new carers but all of our carers. This may be with a yoga session, lunch out or providing extra support groups in your local areas. When I started my role I also started a new scheme called ‘every day hero’. Each month we will award at least one of our fostering households the award of everyday hero. This is just a little thank you for what they do in their role as foster carers. I am also the face behind our Facebook page – thank you to all those that like and engage on our page.

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