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Working in our specialist fostering service

About our specialist fostering service

Over the last 30 years, we have helped thousands of looked-after children. Our service is committed to providing high quality, stable, foster families for children and young people. Our teams play a crucial role in recruiting, training and supporting foster carers across England. Thanks to our experience and reputation, the number of foster carers we are supporting is growing year on year.

Our standing is reinforced by being a ‘social enterprise’; we are driven by social objectives and the surplus we make is reinvested into the services we provide.

We have a variety of roles in our fostering service including, but not limited to, administrators, social workers, support workers and fostering service managers. The team works together to recruit foster carers, support their application process, place children and young people in appropriate homes and support foster carers with the job of looking after children and young people.

We are committed to our teams having strong relationships with our foster carers, so we have invested in a number of local offices across the country.  Most of our staff work across a region, from an assigned office.

Our highly trained foster carers provide stable, caring homes for the children who need them most. The support of our fostering service is crucial in making this possible.


You will benefit from working with a well-established, child-centered 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 into 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.

Staff Stories

Johan - Fostering Operations Manager

Johan, Operations Manager, Fostering

Johan is a Fostering Operations Manager. He is home-based but spends much of my time visiting offices in his area of responsibility – which is the whole of the West of […]

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We are always looking for engaged and passionate people to work for us and have a range of opportunities.

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What Our People Say

“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!”

Our Values

Our brand values are at the heart of everything we do. We live these values day in, day out.

Respect Adaptability Integrity Support Excellence

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