The Fostering Service is looking for two, full time, Supervising Social Workers to join the team.
Our Fostering Service is providing a service to children, young people and carers that is focused on making a difference in young people’s lives.
The recent testimony from a carer says it all:
“The last few months have been a huge learning curve but seeing the child in my care now thriving has made it all worthwhile. I cannot express enough how rewarding it has been to see her develop and respond to me, knowing that I have helped give her the best possible start in her life”.
About the role:
As someone who knows what good foster care looks like, you will be responsible for ensuring high quality and timely assessments to provide high quality carers for our most vulnerable children in Devon. You will be working in a fast paced and supportive environment.
Supervising Social worker responsibilities include:
- Foster carer supervisions and ongoing support to carers.
- Completion of high-quality carer annual reviews.
- Unannounced visits to foster carers.
- Attendance at meetings as required (eg. child in care reviews, risk assessment meetings etc).
- Presenting to fostering panel as required.
- Facilitating foster carer support groups.
- Close work with childcare teams and other professionals to ensure safety and wellbeing of children
Like us, you’ll be passionate about improving children’s life chances. As an experienced qualified social worker with energy and enthusiasm, you will be able to demonstrate success in the managing of complex situations. You will be committed to reflective practice and know how to energise, motivate and challenge practitioners. You will have an ability to work to deadlines in a fast paced and supportive environment. We are looking for people who are strong in partnership working, think creatively and are ready to try new things.
- Knowledge of Eclipse computer system is an advantage – strong IT skills a must.
- Full-clean license and access to a car or the ability to travel as required.
- Qualified social worker with up to date professional registration
Personal and professional rewards
In return, we will recognise and reward the vital contribution you make and just as importantly, we will support you to grow and develop with us. Through individual and team supervision to support reflective practice, and effective locally-based administrative support, we aim to enable you to be the best, social worker, leader, manager, mentor and role model you can be. Our leadership and management development pathway offers a structured approach to your development, and supports you to achieve the expected outcomes within the knowledge and skills framework. We are also committed to your professional development and, as part of this, expect you to complete post-qualification training as well as other forms of continuous professional development.
As a place to live and work, Devon is hard to beat. We firmly believe in a healthy work life balance and offer
24.5 days annual leave per year (rising with length of service). plus Bank Holidays. We support flexible working and offer a generous pension too. Relocation support will be available to you, if you’re moving to Devon to take up the role.
For more information please contact Mandy King, Team Manager, Mid & East Devon Fostering.