• Circa:
  • Department/Division:
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    17 July 2019

Fostering Social Worker (1998)

A career that's life-changing

Permanent Full - Time 37 hours.                                                                        


Circa £36,000 plus on call allowance

Do you have the values we need? Do you want to be part of a Service that helps children and young people feel valued and important?  … that helps them grow and feel stronger? … that inspires and help them feel safe and supported? 

How Action for Children works

Action for Children does what's right, does what's needed and does what works for children across the UK. Every year, our team changes the lives of 301,000 children, young people and their families – but for every child who needs help to get help, there's plenty more to do. That's where you come in.   

The role

The Action for Children Fostering Service in Scotland is a therapeutic attachment-based Services that offers specialist solo placements to children from 0 – 18 years.   Our children young people are likely to have experienced a number of previous placements either within family placement or in a residential setting and main stream fostering can no longer meet their needs.   

Our services also offer permeance to children with a disability and we develop bespoke care in partnership with local authorities for specific children who level of need requires this.  

The CAPS service was established in 1997 and the Gael Og Service in 2005.  We have two other offices in Scotland, one in Inverness the other in Galashiels.

The post of Fostering Social Worker will ensure we achieve great outcomes for the children and young people we look after. Our expectation is that this is of the highest standard and meets the required National Care Standards and the Standard for Foster Care 2017 and Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations and Guidance 2009.   

How you'll make a difference:

  • By supporting carers to provide stable long-term family experience for our children.
  • By supporting carers to promote the highest standards of care and wellbeing for the children we look after.
  • By ensuring excellent training and guidance is given to our carers.
  • By ensuring safeguarding through the highest standard of supervision and underpinning your work with a sound understanding of legislation, policies practice and procedures.

What you'll need:

  • A degree in social work or equivalent and experience of child protection is essential.
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience as a social worker within children and family statutory services.
  • Experience of family placement and/or PQ training would be an advantage.
  • A willingness to participate with on call arrangements across the whole of Fostering CAPS

 The rewards:

  • Minimum 29 days' holiday (pro rata)
  • Flexible working, including maternity, paternity and adoption packages
  • Season ticket travel loans
  • Company pension scheme
  • Discounts at major high street retailers.

Plus, there's a lot more besides.

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Gael Og Fostering
Highland Rail House, Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Highland, IV1 1LE

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, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.