Swiis Foster Care is seeking a candidate with the appropriate work ethic and experience to join our ‘Ofsted Good’ rated service in the North East region. The position is based in our Durham office.
Swiis Foster Care operates a hybrid working model, allowing our staff to split the working week between office and home working. *
As the Education Advisor with our committed team of social workers, health advisor and placement support workers you will play a key role in ensuring our children and young people looked after, achieve, and thrive to their true potential. Working closely with the management and social work team, you will work with our Foster Carers, Placement Support Workers and our Supervising Social Workers to ensure that each child has the best opportunities available to them to make the most of their education and to continually develop their social and life skills.
We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic, flexible person who has experience of working directly with children and young people in an education setting.
As the Education Advisor you will offer professional advice, training and support to Foster Carers. The role is to promote the achievement and attainment, continuity of learning and stability in educational placement for children and young people with Swiis.
Working in accordance with the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011 and the Fostering Services National Minimum Standards, you will undertake monitoring of the service related to the educational outcomes of children and young people, maintain compliance standards and forge effective working relationships with the local authorities responsible for the children and young people in placement.
You will have a good understanding of the needs of children and young people looked after and of the challenges that foster carers face in terms of achieving educational outcomes to enhance life chances and opportunities.
You will have a strong commitment to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of children and 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.
You will be passionate about changing a child’s life for the better, working as part of an exceptionally dedicated team and seek to mentor foster carers to excel in their role.
You will need to hold a recognised professional qualification with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience in education or children’s services and a full driving licence with access to a vehicle. You will have a sound working knowledge of the education system and a comprehensive understanding of the support required to provide an inclusive and positive educational experience for children and young people looked after.
Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week 9am to 5pm.
- Competitive annual salary of up to £37,000 per annum (plus car allowance)
- Up to 38 days annual leave per annum inclusive of bank holidays
- Excellent BUPA Private Health Care available*
- Company Pension Scheme with options to increase contributions
- Life Assurance benefit of up to 3 times your annual salary paid to your beneficiaries
- Swiis are currently operating a hybrid home working schedule, *This is subject to change depending on the needs of the business.
Swiis Foster Care is a national leading Independent Fostering Agency with consistently Outstanding Ofsted inspections due in part to the high-quality service provided to our foster carers and children and young people in our care. Swiis Foster Care is a family-owned independent fostering provider which has been operating for over twenty years.
Swiis Foster Care is a continuously expanding company and offers significant development opportunity for the right candidate.
If you believe that you have the appropriate 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 and young people looked after, then please submit an up-to-date CV detailing a full employment history.
Swiis is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to ensuring that our staff have excellent working conditions and genuine career opportunities. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake the appropriate checks which will include an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Check.