Middlesbrough, Teeside Circa £36,000 + £700 on call allowance pro rata 14.6 Hours – Part-Time, 2 days per week.
Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.
We are looking for a Fostering Social Worker to join our small developing Fostering Service located in the Middlesbrough and North East area. The role includes recruiting and assessing new applicants as well as supporting a caseload of foster carers. This position is a 2 day a week position. Monday and Tuesday are preferable days. There is also an on-call rota which you will be required to undertake, 1 night in every 3/4 weeks.
We promote and support agile working with all our Fostering Social Workers to enable you to work with a manageable caseload. Fostering experience and knowledge of fostering regulations is essential for this position. Part of the role is to develop and manage multi agency partnerships. This position also requires a good understanding of therapeutic parenting models.
Our team consists of Admin Support, Social Workers, and Referral Officers. We also work in partnership with Changing Minds psychology services who support us, and our therapeutic work with children and young people.
You will make a difference by:- Providing professional supervision and developmental support, including advice and guidance to fostering families and colleagues from other agencies where appropriate, including being part of an Out of Hours Service (through participation in rota) providing support 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year
-Completing complex assessments of foster carers, making appropriate recommendations, which may require liaison or referral of complex cases to the Team Manager, 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 abuse, 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.
You will need:- A Diploma in Social Work or equivalent.
-Current HCPC registration.
-Supervisory experience in a regulatory environment.
-Ability to keep the service regulatory safe.
-Strong ethos of keeping the child at the centre.
-Strong sense of ability to support therapeutic needs of children.
-A stable career history and experience of fostering services.
-Access to a suitable means of transport to undertake the duties of the role required. Travel across Middlesbrough and the North East area is essential.
The way we workWe 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. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.
Rewards We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.For safe and happy childhoodsAt 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 387,000 children and families across the UK.
For any questions about this role, please contact Lynsey Munro in our recruitment team on Lynsey.Munro@actionforchildren.org.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.
It's vital for our services to be able to recruit and support adopters / Foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds to reflect the children who need families. We therefore actively seek to replicate that diversity in our staff, and we positively welcome the wide breadth of experience, knowledge and understanding that this will bring to our services.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.
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