We are very pleased to announce that our long-standing staff member, Jayne Figgett, will be moving into the role of Regional Service Manager South as of 30th July 2018.
Jayne began her CFT journey with us back in December 2012 as a Supervising Social Worker, before progressing into the roles of Principle Social Worker in June 2014 and then Registered Manager for our Midlands region in July 2016. Jayne will now step into the role of Regional Service Manager for our Southern Regions working alongside our Regional Service Manager for our Northern Regions, Mel Taylor.
Ahead of Jayne’s promotion, we caught up with her to find out about why she chose to progress her career at The CFT and get some insight into how she is feeling about her new role…
Why did you join CFT?
“I was looking for a new challenge after working in front line child protection for 7 years. I was attracted to CFT because of their ethos of family for life and their charity status that fitted with my values and beliefs. My experiences of working with vulnerable and traumatised children informed me that in order for them to achieve their potential they need a secure and nurturing ‘family’ that The CFT were striving to offer all the children in their care.”
CFT are very child focused and committed to all the children that are in their care and as an agency they never sway from this. I went into social work in order to work with with the most vulnerable children in our society and try and safeguard them from harm and hopefully make a difference to their lives. I feel that working for CFT allows me to do this as we have the foster carers, staff, resources and commitment to children to enable me to be part of a team that continue to strive to make a difference to children’s lives.
How have each of your roles impacted on you as a professional?
“Having the experiences of the different positions within the CFT as I have progressed has given me an insight to the expectations of the roles and the barriers that you may have in order to do your job effectively. I feel I have an overall understanding of the service from a lot of different perspectives!”
Do you have any memories from your time at the organisation that stick out?
“I have lot of fond memories of all the children when they have achieved and thrived in our care. I love to see them at the Christmas party with their carers when they are smiling and ‘just being children’ that a lot of them have not been allowed to do in their short lives.”
What are your hopes and objectives in your new role?
“I hope that I continue to have positive relationships with all foster carers and staff at CFT in order for us to work together to develop the service so we can continue to offer safe and secure homes to children.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I take one day at a time…
Is there anything else you would like to add?
“Through my journey with the CFT I have worked with some very committed foster carers and social workers that have certainly made a difference to children’s lives. Being a foster carer is not an easy task and I always admire our carers who commit their lives to the role and strive to offer a child or young person a chance to be settled, happy and loved. CFT have given me the opportunity to continue with my reason for coming into social work and I will not loose sight of this in my new role.”
Everyone at the organisation is absolutely delighted for Jayne and wish her the very best of luck in her new role. At The CFT we encourage our staff to make the most of the opportunities available to them and we are thrilled that Jayne has continued to progress through her career here with us. Our CEO, Marina Mulholland, had this to say about Jayne’s appointment: “I’m very excited about Jayne moving into the next stage of her career with The Trust as our new Regional Service Manager for our West Midlands and South Central regions. During the five years she has been with us she has worked tirelessly to ensure our children receive the very best service and support we can provide, that our Carers are valued and listened to and our staff are well supported in doing a very challenging and often complex.”
Please join us in wishing Jayne the very best of luck in her new role with the organisation.