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Fostering Team

Supervising Social Worker - Senior Practitioner

We are seeking to recruit a full time, Supervising Social worker or Senior Practitioner to support the delivery and continued expansion of our fostering service. You will be a qualified social worker with significant previous experience of working within Children’s Services or within a fostering service setting.You will be involved with the supervision, support and development of a case load of approved foster carers and the recruitment of new foster carers.

As an fp.c supervising social worker, you will be responsible for ensuring that all children in placement receive high quality care which takes full account of their unique individual needs and care plans. You will receive excellent admin and management support and enjoy the benefit of being able to operate directly from home to a significant degree.You will receive regular, high level supervision, careful induction and access to ongoing support and training. The agency strives to operate as “Learning Organisation” and as a an Equal Opportunity employer. 

Location

We aim to allocate our supervising social workers with a caseload involving foster carers who live in their local area to keep travel time to a minimum.We anticipate that the successful candidate will carry a caseload of foster carers who live in the Gloucester and Swindon areas, and nearby. You will be a key member of a social work team that relates to our Witney, Oxfordshire office. There is good potential for a level of home working -subject to candidates meeting the requirements of our agency home working policy. Further details available on request.

Benefits

Attractive salary & pension package. 30 days annual leave + Bank Holidays for full time. Pro-rata for part time.

Your case load will allow you to "do proper social work "and provide a high quality service to foster carers and children in placement.

Promotion prospects

This post is being offered at both Supervising Social Worker and Senior Practitioner grades to allow the widest possible range of potential candidates to apply. If you have less social work or fostering experience, you could apply to join us as Supervising Social Worker and seek accreditation to Senior Practitioner level at a later stage within our existing career progression framework.If you are already practising at a Senior Practitioner level or have significant fostering or social work experience you could apply to join at the Senior Practitioner level.

As one of our Senior Practitioner's you will have the opportunity to develop your skills and wide your experience further by being involved with project work, by your involvement in mentoring other staff or by acting as the lead person in relation to an identified area of service delivery.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Dawn Jeffs, Team Manaager on (01993) 706925 or complete an Enquiry Form

Assessors of Prospective Foster Carers- All areas

We are seeking additional freelance Form F assessors to undertaken assessments of prospective foster carers across Central and Southern England, including London and Birmingham. You will have formal social work qualifications, prior experience of undertaking Form F assessments of foster carers, satisfactory criminal records clearance and be in registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

For further information, please complete an Enquiry Form

Specialist Foster Carers for children moving from residential care

We are currently working to recruit additional foster carers for a Specialist Fostering Scheme that we are developing. The scheme is designed to facilitate young people moving to foster carer from children's home accommodation.

The children leaving residential care will either be moving because they have made good progress in residential care and are ready to move on or they may have been originally placed in residential care because there were suitably skilled carers available at the time that they presented as needing a placement. Most children needing placement will be age 11-17 years of age.

We are currently focused on  seeking specialist carers for 4 specific children who currently live in the Oxfordshire, Bracknell and Birmingham areas. Our hope is that by targeting recruitment on these areas, the young people will be able to remain in their current schools.

To become one of our specialist carers, you will need:

  • Suitable accommodation
  • Significant previous professional experience of working with difficult young people or adults with complex needs (e.g. youth work, education, residential, youth connexions or youth exclusion, social work, prison service, police service, military or experience of fostering these young people
  • You will have formal child care qualifications or other qualification recognised by the scheme or be willing to complete a course of study to gain such qualifications
  • Openness to learning and a willingness and commitment to take up initial and ongoing foster carer training
  • Ability to cope with and manage risk and to provide care for children who may behave in ways that puts themselves or others at risk
  • Resilience and the tenacity- the ability to `keep going` and to see things through not be overwhelmed when the going gets tough.
  • Commitment- the ability to complete what one has started.
  • Patience including an ability to appreciate that personal change does not happen fast and an ability to recognise, appreciate and build up small incremental steps of progress
  • Fuller details within application pack

For further information and an informal discussion, please contact Dawn Jeffs, Team Manager on 01993 706925 or complete an Enquiry Form and we will come back to you                       

 

Fostering Panel Members 

We are currently looking to recruit additional members, who have had experience of being in care, to our Central List. As a member of our fostering panel, you will play a pivotal role in the approval and review of our foster carers.  You will be expected to review all of the review paper work prior to panel and then attend panel to hear the cases and to make recommendations alongside other panel members. You will need to be over 18.                              

Currently our panel sits every other month on a Monday near Newbury, Berkshire. The may change and the panel may become more frequent going forwards.  You do not need to be available for every panel but we do ask that you are able to make a significant annual commitment. A payment of £100 plus travel expenses will be paid for each panel attended. Comprehensive induction, training and ongoing support will be provided. 

 

For further information and an informal discussion, please contact Lara Rowlinson, Panel Adviser on 01993 706925 or complete an  Enquiry Form and we will come back to you

 

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