Fostering Social Worker | Full-time
Swiis Foster Care North East is looking to recruit a passionate and dedicated Supervising Social Worker to join its service in Durham. The post is permanent, full time (37.5 hours) and there is an attractive annual salary of up to £36,000, depending on experience, plus a Car Allowance of £3,400 per annum. Standard working hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm although this role will require flexibility with working evenings and weekends on occasions.
The role of Supervising Social Worker is an exciting and a stimulating one that involves providing intensive support to foster carers and their families to enable them to provide the very best quality of care to the vulnerable children they look after.
Working in accordance with the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 and the Fostering Services National Minimum Standards 2011, you will provide monthly supervision to a manageable caseload of between 12 to 15 fostering households, undertake additional planned and unannounced visits to children in placement, formulate development plans for foster carers, and forge effective working relationships with the local authorities responsible for children. You will have excellent recording and report writing skills and will be IT competent.
You will be a team player, a good communicator and a skilled and self-motivated professional, with the ability to work flexibly.
You will have a good understanding of the needs of children looked after and of the challenges that these bring for foster carers, as well as transferrable assessment skills, but you need not have direct experience within the fostering sector.
You will have a strong commitment to promoting and safeguarding the wellbeing of children, but you will also have an appreciation of the demands that come with working for a high-quality independent fostering service in an increasingly competitive environment.
- Current Social Work England registration and be eligible to work in the UK
- MA/BA in social work/DipSW/CQSW
- 2 years’ relevant recent practice experience desirable
- Thorough understanding of legislative framework pertaining to children and of safeguarding
- Ability to manage a case load
- Strong assessment skills
- Car driver with own car and clean licence
- Competitive annual salary of up to £36,000
- Generous car allowance and mileage expenses
- 30 days annual leave + 8 Bank Holidays
- Excellent Private Health Care
- Company Pension Scheme
- Eye care vouchers
At Swiis, we believe that good and great are two entirely different things. So we aim for the latter in everything we do. That’s why Swiis Foster Care is a national leading Independent Fostering Agency, with consistently excellent Ofsted inspections based on the high quality service provided to our foster carers and children and young people in our care. Swiis Foster Care is one of the only remaining family owned independent fostering providers of scale in the UK.
Swiis Foster Care is a continuously expanding company and offers significant development opportunity for the right candidate.
If you believe that you have the professional experience and ambition to work for one of the finest Independent Foster Care Agencies in the UK and have the desire to really improve outcomes for children looked after, then please submit an up-to-date CV detailing a full employment history.
Swiis Foster Care is committed to safeguarding children and young people and vulnerable adults. Post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Swiis is an equal opportunities employer.