Reference: RA0005329
Description: About Us:

Warwickshire has a fantastic fostering and alternative carers support team with a childcare focus. We recruit foster carers, assess, train and supervise and support them. We also have an SGO and alternative carers support team. We are countywide and have links with Fostering Network to support us and our foster carers. We are fortunate to have psychologist practitioners who are based in our team.

They offer consultations to staff of Social Workers and Family Support Workers and Foster Carers. We offer the successful candidate regular supervision and career progression. We are a trauma informed service and use restorative practice, which you will be fully trained in. We are proud of our Fostering Team and if you join us, you will see why.

Now is an exciting time to be a part of our team, the service received a Good Ofsted rating at the beginning of 2022 and we’re building on this by expanding our workforce and investing in sustainable services to make a difference to the lives of children and families.
If you want to build strong relationships and connections with families, join Warwickshire’s Children and Families service. Find out more about Us and Our Offer to you

The post will offer you the opportunity to:

Provide a range of support to carers and young people to maintain the stability of placements. (this could include evening or occasional weekend working)
Be part of the duty rota
Be part of a team and contribute to team meeting
To work in the Fostering Placement Hub
Attend Fostering Panel to present your report and support carers
Offer advice on our service to other professionals
Supervise and Support Foster Carers
Undertake annual reviews
Support as required with position of trust, allegations, end of placement and stability meetings
Work closely with Children’s Team and multi-agency partners
Ensure permanency for foster carers and children through SGO where appropriate
Find out why we are good Ofsted

The Role:

We are looking for a Fostering Social Worker who will have a dual role. This is split between the role of a Supervising Social Worker and Social Worker to work on our Placement Hub. The higher proportion of the role will be as the Supervising Social Worker and your case allocation will be aligned to the two roles. You will join the Placement Hub on a rota basis. This is a busy exciting place to work and you will be working as part of an team which is made up of Placement Officers and WRAP service (responsive support for foster carers from Family support workers and a youth worker). The Fostering Supervision and Support role gives you the opportunity to stay connected to Foster Carers and really support them in their role caring for children and young people. You will have mixed case load of connected persons foster carers and mainstream foster carers. In this role you will undertake written annual reviews, support carers at fostering panel, support carers at Stability Meetings, end of placement meetings, support carers through allegations/cause for concern and ensure foster carers are compliant with training requirements. We are looking for applicants who have fostering experience or transferable skills.

For this post we are looking to recruit a full time post of 37 hours, on a permanent contract.

Your work will be child focused, analytical, and based on safeguarding evidence.

Applicants for the role will need a professional Social Work qualification and Social Work England Registration.

This is the difference you make.
Read more in our Agile Working leaflet

If you want to build strong relationships and connections with families, join Warwickshire’s Children and Families service.

For further details please see the Job Description and Person Specifications

Additional Information:

Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

For information about the role please contact: Jo Smith, josmith@warwickshire.gov.uk

Closing date: 11 October 2023
Interviews: 19 October 2023

To apply for this vacancy please click on the ‘Apply’ button.
Our method of application is online, please note, CV’s should not been submitted unless asked to do so.

If you are unable to apply using the ‘Apply’ button please contact the Recruitment Centre onhrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.ukincluding your contact details and any relevant screenshots.

You will be notified of our shortlisting decision via email, so please check your email on a regular basis after submitting your application.

As part of being a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each competence, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the person specification.

Should you require application forms in an alternative format / language or any adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contacthrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.ukand we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce.Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. Seemore.

Region: Nuneaton and Bedworth
Location: Nuneaton
Salary: *GBP*34,723.00 – *GBP*37,261.00 to be pro rata as per part time hours per annum.

Package: Fulltime, permanent
Contractual hours: 37
Basis: Full time

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