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Outcome Focused Placements Officer
  • Employer: Brighter Futures for Children
  • Reference: BFC0411
  • Published: Fri 15/07/2022, 14:22 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 31/08/2022, 14:22 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours
  • Salary: £22,129 - £32,798
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire

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Outcome Focused Placements Officer

Brighter Futures for Children 
Full time, Permanent post 
Agile/Hybrid Working 


About us 
Brighter Futures for Children is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families. We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough. 


The Role 
Do you consider yourself a solution finder and a negotiator, if yes, our commission team needs you? The Outcome Focussed Placements Officer will co-ordinate and manage all placement requests for Looked After Children (LAC) including those with multiple and complex needs and children with special educational needs. 

You will negotiate in consideration of the achievement of the best outcomes for children and young people. 


  • Maintain accurate records through data collection 
  • Ensure that placement options provide a best match to needs and outcomes in relation to accommodation, education and health, provide value for money and are carried out in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998 
  • Understand and apply company and department procedures and practice to ensure that corporate social responsibility (equalities, sustainability, transparency, ethical, health and safety and social value) is at the core of all placement negotiations. 
  • To be proactive in workload management, prioritise placement searches as required and liaising with referring officers around service delivery expectations. 
  • Attend professionals’ meetings as agreed 
  • Ensure placement searches can be completed in a timely, effective and efficient manner 
  • Ensure placements are made as close to the borough as possible 
  • Support the collation of monitoring and recording of achievements in order to ensure the service is financially self-sustaining. 


Essential Qualifications: 

  • Good general education with Maths and English to A-level standard 


Essential knowledge, skills and experience: 

  • Experience of the impact and understanding of the principles of good care/support to vulnerable clients 
  • Experience of achieving better value for money 
  • Experience of working within a similar working environment, matching criteria to identified need. 
  • Commercial skills - experience of working in a fast-paced environment with a cost focused service 
  • Experience of IT data systems. 

Our Offer: 
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including: 

  • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Incremental holidays starting with 25 days plus public holidays (rising to 32 after 10 years’ service) 
  • Discounted Child Care (on site nursery) 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Season ticket loans 
  • A range of local discounts 
  • Remote/Agile working 


Contact details for an informal discussion: Kelly Hallett on 


Closing date: 31st August 2022 
Interview date: TBC 


We look forward to hearing from you!