Fostering Social Worker (5211)

London, City of London
Circa £38,033 inclusive of inner London payment + £700 p.a on call allowance
37 Hours – Permanent, Full Time

Benefits – Holiday allowance minimum 29 days plus public/bank holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, pension scheme where we contribute up to 7%, an employee discount portal and much more! 

Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

The role

Action for Children Fostering South East, is one service, based on two sites. Our London office is in central London (WC2B 5DG). We also have a Kent service based in Ramsgate.  We have foster carers in various and widespread areas of London and Kent.

We are not a large service, but we are long established, and have committed, skilled and experienced foster carers who are able to provide stable, nurturing family homes for children and young people who for various reasons aren't able to be cared for in their birth families.

Our children, young people and carers are supported and by a very experienced and skilled staff team. One of the strengths that our foster carers often comment on is that our service has a ‘family' feel to it.

We are looking for an outstanding Fostering Social Worker who can support placements in the London and surrounding area, so flexibility to travel across this cluster as and when needed is imperative for this role.  You will also have the opportunity to assess applicants to foster. During Covid times, we support agile / homeworking with the expectation to progress back into our office base in WC2B 5DG, when we can, with continued flexibility and a mix of home, office and travel to meet children and carers where they are. 

You will make a difference by:

- Providing professional supervision and developmental support, including advice and guidance to fostering families and working with other professionals where appropriate. The role includes being part of an Out of Hours Telephone Support Service (through participation in rota) providing support 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.

-Completing complex assessments of applicants to foster, making appropriate recommendations, with a view to ensure outcome focused achievements for children, young people and families.

-Supporting fostering families to look after children and young people who have experienced trauma and , ensuring they have the skills and knowledge to enable them to undertake this complex task within a family home environment, undertaking fostering reviews, providing high quality, analytical reports and presenting to Panel where appropriate, ensuring that children are receiving the best service possible.

-Being accountable for ensuring statutory compliance in respect of notifications, etc and meet regulatory body requirements at all times re registration.

-Enthusiasm for learning and development, for yourself as a reflective practitioner, and in support of our carer training – this is a learning organisation.


You will need:

- A Social Work qualification and 2yrs + post qualification experience.

- Registration with Social Work England.

- To understand your role as a supervisor to carers and a team member.

-Ability to manage your work to deadlines and comply with regulatory requirements.

-Strong ethos of keeping the child at the centre.

-Strong commitment to work within our therapeutic framework to support the needs of children.

- Capacity to plan and prioritise, to use electronic records system and IT effectively including participating in virtual meetings and webinars.

-Experience of fostering is preferable.

-Access to a suitable means of transport to undertake the duties of the role required. Travel across the area is essential.


How do you apply: 

Please click on the ‘Apply Now' button. 

We shall ask you for a supporting statement telling us why you are right for this role, so please have something handy to upload section will help you submit the application.   

If you require any support in applying or if you have any further questions, please contact Lynsey.Munro@actionforchildren.org.uk in our recruitment team.


The way we work   

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Learn more about our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work on our Action for Children website.    


For safe and happy childhoods   

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK.   

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, promoting diversite and working inclusively. We welcome applications form all suitable qualified people from all backgrounds.










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Fostering London
231 Camberwell New Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 0TH
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    Permanent Full Time
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    5 October 2021
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