Team: Fostering Service – Professional Standards
Job Family: Supporting - CBG8
Salary: £26,845 - £29,586 per annum
Contract: Fixed term post until April 2023 - maternity cover
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Working from home and any CBC offices, including Priory House, Shefford. You will be expected to attend a CBC office location on a monthly basis, and as needed to carry out your role
Closing Date: 15th December 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Central Bedfordshire is an ambitious authority, determined to be an exemplary one. Our strategic location and high quality of life mean we are one of the fastest growing areas in the country.
As a council we face the same challenges every business does - investing in the right places and delivering great results. Except for us, it’s all about our 289,000 residents. We’re totally focussed on helping to improve their lives and making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.
This is a great time to join us on our journey.
About the role
In Children’s Services, we’re determined to safeguard and protect vulnerable children and achieve great outcomes. Our Fostering team recruit, assess and support prospective foster carers, including family and friends carers, to provide different placement types (respite, short term, long term, intensive support) for children who require foster care.
It’s all about creating better outcomes and a bright new generation for our community. Help children to thrive by supporting foster carers and family and friends carers, and you could find your greatness. Being a Social Work Assistant in the fostering service is an important and rewarding role. Successful candidates will be part of a team of social workers who recruit, assess, train and supervise foster carers. The role supports our vision of providing the best possible outcomes for our children by recruiting high quality supportive foster carers. You will work in partnership with schools, health colleagues and other local partners to provide the best possible services within a highly regulated and confidential service.
We are looking for a social work assistant with excellent communication skills, who is experienced and enthusiastic about working with foster carers, young people and their families.
We are currently undertaking a transformation of our fostering service and this role will offer you a varied opportunity to be a key part of the transformation vision. You will have supportive managers and you will work within a dedicated team of colleagues with extensive fostering knowledge and experience. You will be provided with regular monthly supervision and an annual appraisal to help you grow. Experience of using a wide range of social work techniques to undertake direct work with children and their carers will also be of benefit. Your technical talents should come with a calm, organised approach with good communication skills and you will also need sound IT skills, organisational skills and being capable of professional conduct at all times. Join us, and take advantage of a our rewards package plus the chance to learn, train and progress.
What we can offer you
As well as joining a friendly, dedicated, and hardworking team you will have access to numerous benefits, including:
- Hybrid working arrangements as appropriate. We recognise the importance of supporting our employees to balance their home and work life and to be able to work in the most efficient way. As a hybrid worker you will be able to work from home with access to any CBC location.
- A £250 one off hybrid worker payment, helping you achieve a safe and suitable work space at home
- Support to work from abroad for up to a month a year where appropriate
- Social Work England registration fees paid annually
- Generous family friendly policies and practices
- A supportive and inclusive environment that values and celebrates differences
- Staff network and support groups
- Annual leave allowance 24 days + statutory holidays rising to 31 days with length of service.
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a valuable part of our rewards package for employees and includes Life Assurance: click here
- An Employee Assistance Programme offering support to all employees through workplace changes as well as other work, family and personal issues
- Training and Learning offer – we have access to hundreds of courses and role specific training is also available
- Access to discounts from local and national retailers
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'.
Our Aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer. We are happy to discuss location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.
You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack
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Safeguarding: 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.
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.
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