Working in our specialist central services

Five Rivers Child Care is one of the UK’s most experienced practitioners in turning around the lives of vulnerable children. Working with over 135 local authorities and NHS trusts to provide a joined-up service relies on excellent governance of processes developed over our three decades of experience.The fostering, education and residential teams rely on the support services of our central team to enable them to give 100 per cent. We employ experts in areas of Governance, Safeguarding, Facilities Management, Financial Control, IT, Communications, Facilities and Human Resources, as well as skilful and dedicated generalists in administration.

Our in house management training schemes seek to promote talented, able people in a wide range of disciplines, and we also support administrators who feel inspired by the amazing work we do to re-train to work in a care professional role.

Five Rivers recruits adults from every walk of life and thrives on the diversity we attract. As part of our corporate social ethos, we guarantee to offer an interview to care-experienced applicants.

You will benefit from working with a well-established, child-centred organisation that is committed to turning children’s lives around. With nearly 30 years’ experience, we are well equipped to be able to support and develop you in your role. We know how demanding and challenging our work can be. We value our people and want to recognise and reward you for the work you to. Some of your rewards and benefits include:On-going training and learning: we have a dedicated learning and development team who are committed to sourcing and delivering up to date, quality training opportunities. We continually look at new learning initiatives to make sure we’re providing the best continuing professional development we can. We also prioritise and discuss your personal training goals to ensure you’re getting the most out of your career.

Simply Health Cashback Scheme: you will automatically be enrolled in the Simply Health Cash Plan scheme which means you can claim back the cost of your everyday healthcare appointments. The membership also allows you free, immediate access to a 24/7 GP telephone helpline.

Employee discount scheme: we value you, so we offer you access to a free online platform called Perkbox. The employee discount scheme gives you exclusive access to discounts and freebies.

Employee assistance programme: we know how demanding our lives can be and that life isn’t always plain sailing, so we take great care in supporting and caring for you. You will automatically have access to free, confidential, 24/7 counselling.

Long service and recognition scheme: We appreciate the invaluable contribution our employees make, so we recognise and reward loyal service. Our recognition scheme provides additional holiday entitlement for length of service and financial recognition for ten years and above.

A competitive salary in line with your skills and experience:

Annual leave allowance: we appreciate how important it is to have a break. We offer a generous annual leave allowance which increases with your length of service.

Refer a friend financial incentive scheme: we know how important having the right workforce is and we’re confident your network includes professionals who could bring expertise and experience to our work. We offer financial rewards for successful appointments to our staff from your network.

Our values are more than a set of adjectives. We are invested in and take in nurturing an environment where we have a shared understanding of how we would all like to be treated.Our experienced, self-motivated staff work in a caring, supportive environment with a shared vision for how we can achieve our mission to turn children’s lives around. Our teams are forward thinking and ambitious; we are all striving for excellence. Committed to providing high-quality, stable foster homes, we work with integrity and show a strong commitment to improving the outcomes for looked-after children. We take an adaptable approach to our work and we’re always respectful of one another.

Rosie – Assistant Marketing and Communications Manager

Rosie works in our central services department at our head office in Salisbury. She plays a pivotal role in supporting our fostering team to recruit more foster carers, as well as to promote the organisation to wider audiences.

How long have you worked at Five Rivers? 

I joined in 2015.

What do you do? 

I handle all aspects of communications from social media to events management, recruitment advertising and developing brochures to help get our message out. I am mainly office-based but I do get to travel to our fostering offices and events. My job is varied and no two days are the same.

Have you always worked in Child Care Services?

Yes. I applied to Five Rivers after leaving Uni because they are a well-known employer in the town and the work they do for young people is impressive.

Tell us a bit about your career?

When I started out I was in the admin team, supporting HR and contracting.  Five Rivers encourage staff to get experience in the field so I trained in a residential home under the supervision of the registered manager for a while. I got an insight into how therapeutic care works. I asked if I could blog about the experience and they said yes!  Then I started one day a week supporting the marketing team. It was hard work but I learned on the job and a couple of years ago I transitioned to being full-time in marketing.

What is the best thing about working at Five Rivers?

Just love being part of a team of people who are absolutely 100% committed to what they do!  I get to share our young people’s achievements as part of our commitment to getting their voices heard. Mainly I feel proud of we have done to try to break down the barriers of stigma around the care experience. It’s so important to get across the positive impact of care, especially when the media focuses on bad news.

How does Five Rivers support you in your career?

I rate Five Rivers for being flexible to give me the freedom to develop new skills and discover talents in marketing. Most of what I have learned has been through finding solutions to communications challenges. That is the best way to grow as a person.  They’ve promoted me to Assistant Manager in recognition of the contribution I have made so far and that feels good.









A member of our fostering service describes being part of our team:

“I feel very lucky to be a part of Five Rivers. I first joined the team in an administration role, and have since progressed into a Fostering Support Worker role with backing and support from my wonderful colleagues and management who are encouraging me to reach my overall goal of becoming a Social Worker. Self-motivation is one thing, but having a team who believes in you and pushes you to achieve is so encouraging! Day to day, our line of work can, of course, be very challenging, but all of us here strive for the best possible outcomes for our children and young people and that’s what makes every day count and feel so rewarding. Job satisfaction is key, and I wouldn’t be where I am without Five Rivers!”

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