Work With Us!

When you join the CFT, you join a whole family – take a look at our current vacancies and if you think the CFT is the right fit for you, send us your CV.

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Work for The CFT

As an organisation, The CFT looks to their workforce to champion the hard work and dedication it takes to make a difference in the lives of children and young people across all departments; as well as being a reflection of the diversity of the communities we work in.

We want to hear from individuals who have the skills to innovate our services and continue the legacy that makes The Children’s Family Trust a leader in the care sector.

We offer competitive salaries, continual training and opportunities to progress within every role. Through regular appraisals, staff performance is recognised on an individual level and the Trust is committed to promoting the welfare of children and ensuring that they are kept safe. Candidates must be prepared to undergo reference checks and DBS check as part of their pre-employment enquiries.

What we offer our employees

  • 30 Days Annual Leave + bank holidays, additional holiday leave (with length of service) and birthday leave!

    Generous pension scheme via a leading provider
  • Medical cover with BUPA & Smart Health (Virtual GP Service) which you can also include your family for a small cost
  • Dental cover, which you can also include your family, for a small cost
  • A range of family friendly policies including Enhanced Maternity Pay
  • Life Assurance 3 X salary

    An Employee Assistance programme
  • 13 weeks full sick pay and 13 weeks half sick pay in any twelve month period
  • A 35-hour working week – Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm, in addition there is a 1.00pm finish on the last Friday of the month and all the Friday’s in December!
  • A very generous car allowance and out of hours allowance
  • Access to professional ongoing training within your role
  • Career progression through the social work career ladder programme
  • A generous employee referral scheme
  • Hybrid working pattern, 2 days from home
  • Modern office environments
  • Onsite parking

Note that some benefits will apply post probation

Continuous improvement survey

Our service is driven by the success of our teams, foster carers and our looked after children. It is key that we continuously scrutinise our practise to ensure we’re meeting the high expectations we set ourselves. See exactly what our stakeholders, young people and foster carers think of our charity in our latest independent survey.

Become a panel member

As part of the approval and monitoring processes, carers go through we maintain a central list of appropriately experienced Panel members who are local to our regions. Panel members have diverse experiences and are tasked with considering, reviewing and making recommendations to our prospective and current carers.

Panel members consist of experts in children’s rights, social workers, care leavers, teachers, active carers and anyone with relevant experience in the fostering industry.

If you are interested in working for The CFT and become a panel member for please forward your CV and cover letter detailing your relevant skills and experience.

CVs and cover letters can be sent to – Steve Williams

Become a trustee

Occasionally The Trust look for new Trustees to join our board. We look for individuals from a variety of backgrounds to complement the needs of the organisation. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee for The Children’s Family Trust CVs and cover letters can be sent to – Steve Williams

  I am proud to be a member of a team of Trustees who give so freely of their time and expertise to further the cause of seeking to give the best possible opportunities in life to as many children and young people as we can.
Ian Brazier – Chairman of Trustees

Be a successful candidate!
Read through our hints and tips and give yourself the best chance at a career with The CFT.
Do your research!
Look at our website and check that you match our outlook and culture.
Apply via our application form.
We require a fully completed application form, we’ll ask for your full employment history from age 16, include all job titles, employment dates and your reason for leaving – and if there are any gaps, please tell us why.
We’ll need contact details of referees.
Referee's should be people you’ve worked with during the last three years. One should be your most recent employer. We’ll also need a reference from any employer where you’ve worked directly with children and young people and a personal referee.
We’ll carry out a criminal record check.
If you’ve lived abroad within the last ten years, you might also be asked to complete an overseas criminal record check.
If your application is successful.
There may be some more pre-employment checks specific to the role, but a member of our HR Team will be in touch to talk you through what’s needed.
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Your interview - What you need to know.
If you’ve been invited to an interview, it’s your chance to meet us, tell us about yourself, and take a step towards building your incredible career.
Your interview is your opportunity to learn more about us.
So come prepared with your questions. Plus its our opportunity to get to know you, understand your motivation to work in this sector and get a good understanding of your experience and background.
The first step.
Is either a face to face interview carried out in person or via TEAMS. If you’re successful, the next stage is a more formal interview with at least two members of our team. At least one of the interview panel will have been trained in the NSPCC safer recruitment standards.
You might be invited for a second interview.
Or we might ask you to prepare a presentation or other sample of work. Think about what the role requires and prepare to show you’re a great fit.
We’ll carry out a criminal record check.
Bring the necessary identity documents to your formal interview. The address on the documents should match the address on your application form. You’ll need proof of your right to work in the UK, you will be provided with a list of approved identification documents in line with The Disclosure and Barring Service and proof of your address.
Remember to bring any qualification certificates that are required for the role.
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