Team: Fostering Service – Professional Standards
Job Family: Supporting CBG9 - CBG10
Salary Level 1: £28,099 – £30,719 per annum pro rata + MRS £5,100 per annum pro rata
Salary Level 2: £31,589 – £32,106 per annum pro rata + MRS £5,150 per annum pro rata
Contract Type: 1x Permanent position / 1x Fixed Term Contract / Secondment Opportunity to March 2022
Hours: Full-time 37 hours per week
Base Location: Priory House, Shefford
Closing Date:Rolling Advert
Interview Date: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews scheduled accordingly
More about the role:
In Children’s Services, we are determined to safeguard and protect vulnerable children. Our Fostering teamwork with foster carers to bring children up safely and help them achieve their potential. It is all about creating better outcomes and a bright new generation for our community. Helping children to thrive by supporting foster carers, and you could find your greatness.
Being a Fostering Social Worker is an important and rewarding role. You will be part of a dedicated team with an excellent record of recruiting and supporting foster carers. You will make sure that each Foster Carer understands their role and responsibilities throughout the assessment and the rewards and challenges that they can face. When completing assessments, you will work closely with the applicants to assess their strengths and vulnerabilities as foster carers, assessing the care they can provide to children in order for them to achieve their best outcomes. As a team of assessment social workers we undertake the initial process of recruiting and assessing potential family members and potential foster carers. This role includes undertaking initial visits, reg 24’s, Special Guardianship Assessments, friends and family foster assessments, and Form F assessment. Following the Covid pandemic our practice has transitioned into a mixed approach of both virtual TEAMS meetings, and face to face social distanced visits. The team delivers Skills to Foster pre-approval training via a virtual live classroom at the present time, and ensures carers are prepared for panel. The members of this team work closely with child care social workers and supervising social workers when undertaking assessments, and when handing over newly approved foster carers.
Experience of using a wide range of social work techniques with children and families will also be of benefit. Your technical talents should come with a calm, organised approach. You will be supporting others in a crisis and using your initiative to solve issues. You will also have the communication skills to present high quality reports to panels and work with other agencies. You will also need sound IT skills too and be a capable professional.
It is essential that you are a qualified Social Worker who is Social Work England registered. You will know about statutory social work practice and completing complex assessments and ideally have experience of working a Fostering Agency.
Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package plus the chance to learn, train and progress. You can also expect a manageable and varied caseload. Find your greatness by helping children excel with the help of Foster Carers.
Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.
Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.
Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.
To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role. http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/work-here/application.aspx