Fostering Social Worker (12381)

Role: Fostering Social Worker 

Salary: £34,100 per annum.

Location: Northwest England, Salford Office – Hybrid - (with regular travel to support foster carers in the Northwest area)

Contract/Hours: Fixed Term Contract – Until April 30th 2025- Full Time  -  37 hours per week.


  • 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, with up to 5 additional days for continuous service and option to buy or sell leave
  • Gain professional qualifications and excellent training/development opportunities
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages
  • Pension with up to 7% employer contribution with included life assurance cover
  • Staff discount portal and Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 national retailers discounts.


Vulnerable children in the UK need your help.

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 671,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

North West Fostering service offers fostering placements using a therapeutic framework which draws upon theory and evidence around attachment and trauma-informed principles to scaffold the support that we offer to children and young people. Our aim is to provide safe, stable, supportive homes for children and young people who have a history of attachment disruption, abuse, neglect and trauma.  

We also offer an innovative WRAP service that supports children and young people who are either in Local Authority/IFA fostering and whose placements are at risk of breakdown. The Wrap service is designed to help prevent placement breakdown and maximize stability for a young person.

Support will focus on children in care with the most complex needs and with significant adverse childhood experiences. The service will use trauma informed practice and attachment theory and provide a range of evidence-based therapies including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Theraplay, and PACE.

Holding a manageable caseload, you will be supported to draw upon theory and evidence around attachment and trauma-informed principles to scaffold the support that we offer to children and young people. This includes working closely with a team of clinical psychologists.

Our aim is to provide safe, stable, supportive homes for children and young people who have a history of attachment disruption, abuse, neglect and trauma. 

How you'll help to create a brighter future

We are looking for an outstanding Fostering Social Worker who can support carers from across the Northwest, 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.
  • Completing complex assessments of applicants to foster, making appropriate recommendations.
  • Supporting fostering families to look after children and young people who have experienced trauma.
  • Undertake fostering reviews, providing high quality, analytical reports and presenting to Panel where appropriate.
  • Ensure all regulatory body requirements are met.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and development.
  • Contributing to an out of hours foster service (this will be done on a rota basis).

Let's talk about you.

Are you resilient and have a positive approach to change and challenge? We are looking for someone with a ‘can do' attitude to join our team. You will find our full job description attached but our must haves are:

  • A Social Work qualification is essential.
  • Social Work England Registered
  • The ability to prioritise and manage your work to deadlines complying 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.
  • Be able to use IT effectively including participating in virtual meetings and webinars.
  • Experience of working in fostering is preferable.
  • Access to a suitable means of transport to undertake the duties of the role, travelling across the area is essential.

Diversity, equality and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Manderfield by email sarah.manderfield@actionforchildren.org.uk who will be happy to help!

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

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North West Fostering
Action for Children, Unit 15, 6th Floor, St James' House, Pendleton Way, Salford, Lancashire, England, M6 5FW
  • Salary:
    £34,100 per annum
  • Directorate:
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    25 July 2024
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