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Placement Officer (Children) (Ring-fenced to Medway Council Redeployees only)
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC206RS
  • Published: Fri 16/10/2020, 15:25 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 23/10/2020, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 2 £16,824 - £20,322 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Placement Officer (Children) (Ring-fenced to Medway Council Redeployees only)

Please note this vacancy is open to Medway Council Redeployee staff only at this time. Please refer to the Redeployee Guidance pack available on Medspace for further information on the process. If you are unable to access this please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878 or by e-mail at


We are currently recruiting for a Placement Officer to sit within the Children’s Partnership Commissioning Team.

Are you friendly and engaging? Are you good at negotiating? Do people like talking to you? Can you drive a hard bargain? Are you good at remembering things? These are the skills that we need today. In return we can offer a friendly team, a busy schedule, and rewarding work delivering the best we can for a population of vulnerable young people.

As a placement officer you will represent the local authority in purchasing and brokering external resources for Looked after Children and Young People. There will be administrative as well as customer services roles. You will need to act within the local authorities’ processes, Safeguarding procedures and under the Children’s Act. You will be allocated a number of referrals per week to work on both independently and within a team. Your job will be to ensure that a high standard of quality and care is purchased and delivered for these young people.  

We are looking for someone who has a good standard of Microsoft Outlook or other email skills and excellent MSWord and Excel or other spreadsheet skills. We also want someone who can use their own life and work experience knowledge as well as their creativity to act sensibly and ensure all placement referrals are responded to quickly and appropriately. We especially want applicants who are good at negotiating and monitoring financial budgets.

You will also be asked to contribute to meetings with service providers to ensure services are continually reviewed and improved. Supporting the quality assurance of placements will also be an element of your work so you will need to be organised, calm, resourceful and thorough.   

In return we offer you:  

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme 

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Samuel Robinson 01634 334101. 

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.