Fostering Social Worker
Hours: Permanent, Full-Time (working 37 hours per week)
Salary: £31,500 -£34,000 per annum plus £700 per annum on call allowance
Up to 7 weeks of annual leave
Our Wessex Fostering service in Hampshire provides long and short term foster placements predominantly for children aged eight years and over. We continuously aim to provide safe, secure and stable family placements within the community so that young people can experience a positive model of life for the future. We want to fully understand our children and young people in order to provide a tailored plan to support their needs and ensure they are able to build positive relationships with others.
We are looking for a Fostering Supervising Social Worker to join our team working 37 hours a week. This will be mainly Monday to Friday during the day but there will be some flexibility required to meet the needs of the service which will include some evening and weekend working.
We are a small, developing fostering service, located in Fareham but covering the Hampshire and surrounding areas. You will be based in our Fareham office.
You will be responsible for providing professional supervision and developmental support to foster carers, including advice and guidance to fostering families. You will be part of a small team and will have had exposure to managing multi agency partnerships. This position also requires a strong understanding of the therapeutic model including PACE.
You will be required to provide telephone on call support for our foster carers which is currently (on average) approx 4 nights per month for our England wide on call service.
Our team including foster carers are trained to a high standard; understanding attachment and trauma work along with specific interventions.
What is the role?
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, maximum of 4 nights per month) providing support 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.
The successful applicant will be part of an aspirational fostering team of social workers. You will be expected to uphold the core values and beliefs of the organisation, ensuring that children, young people and foster carers receive a high-quality service and that commissioners' expectations and contractual requirements are met. This will be instilled through effective day to day delivery of a high quality fostering service. You will also be delivering training to foster carers and their support network.
What will you need?
What are the rewards?
How does Action for Children work?
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.
If you really want to make a difference and be a part of an amazing team, don't hesitate, apply now!
Interviews are scheduled for W/c 9th March 2020.
For any questions about this role or a confidential chat, please call Collette Fraser on 07741 736 739.
Original Post on Action for Children website: https://careers.actionforchildren.org.uk/vacancy/fostering-social-worker-3378/3396/description/
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