Help Me Grow Fostering is an established Fostering agency based in Anerley, South London. Our dedicated team of social workers and head office staff provide the invaluable support that our foster carers need in order to provide a stable home for local vulnerable children.
Current Job Vacancies:
Senior Supervising Social Worker |Permanent | Full time – 37 hours a week | Monday to Friday – 9.30am – 5.30pm | Anerley | £35,000 per annum.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, independent and skilled social worker to work with both therapeutic and mainstream programmes, including parent and child placements. A manageable case load, and work within a dedicated team to improve the outcomes and lives of looked after children.
- To provide clear, purposeful, supportive and effective leadership to staff, and overall services. Encouraging a culture where staff and Foster Carers are empowered to take personal responsibility, are motivated and to ensure that resources are managed appropriately within the agency.
- To safeguard and promote the best interests of children and young people, achieving target outcomes in line with relevant legislation and guidance, Best Value principles, and the requirements of external inspections.
- To engage in the recruitment, assessment, training, development support and management of foster carers in compliance with the Fostering Services Regulations 2011, The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review and Fostering Services (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2013, the Care Standards Act 2000.
- To be committed to working within the aims and objectives of the fostering agency ensuring that the services the agency provides are maintained to a high standard.
- To promote fostering services which ensure that children and young people and their families are provided with foster care services which values diversity and promotes equality at all times.
- To ensure that a foster child or young person placed within are carefully matched with the agency’s foster carer(s) capable of meeting her/his assessed needs.
- To maintain safeguards, systems, training both within and external to the agency that promotes a service that protects each child/young person from all forms of abuse, neglect, oppression, exploitation and deprivation.
- To contribute to the provision of the fostering service that has an adequate number of sufficiently experienced and qualified staff and recruits a range of carers to meet the needs of children and young people for whom it aims to provide a service.
- To contribute to the provision of the fostering service that ensures the agency’s foster carers are trained in the skills required to provide high quality care and meet the needs of each child/young person placed in their care.
- To oversee the practice of the supervising social workers, sessional workers in the course of the assessment, training, supervision and monitoring of prospective and approved foster carers. To ensure staff and foster carers within HMG receive the training and development necessary for them to provide high quality, safe care to children and young people.
- To contribute to the maintenance of rigorous performance management to ensure that this service demonstrates high quality service delivery and cost effectiveness for the agency. Including scrutiny and auditing systems for all placement types, providing management reports and advice to senior management on matters affecting children’s placement services that is timely and relevant to enable appropriate decisions to be mad
- To ensure that where possible potential foster carers are assessed within 3 to 6 months from the date of their initial enquiry.
- To ensure that all staff including administrative and sessional staff employed by HMG are properly accountable and supported at all times.
- To ensure that the National Minimum Standards for foster care are met, exceeded and as part of this, to contribute to the updated Statements of Purpose for the Fostering services, on an annual basis.
- To be aware at all times of any child protection/safeguarding issues relating to children looked after by the local authority and to assist in the investigation as appropriate.
- Where possible to lead or contribute to projects / tasks that will enable the delivery of the agency’s priorities to be made as effectively and efficiently as possible.
- Participation in recruitment campaigns that target all ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic groups.
- To participate in HMG’s Fostering duty rota that provides placements on an emergency and planned basis, and that also offers support and advice to colleagues.
- To be aware of the progress of children in placement and to ensure that they are periodically seen alone and to advise and liaise with the child’s social worker on various aspects of the placement.
- To undertake regular robust risk assessments in relation to the children, young people and foster carers and review/ update as required.
- To be fully conversant with and implement relevant legislation, policies and procedures about children and young people looked after so that appropriate decisions can be taken, and advice given.
- To take account of cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds and religious persuasions in providing services for all children and families.
- Establish and participate in regular support groups for foster carers, and their own children
- To have the full range of social work, childcare, child safeguarding and managerial knowledge and skills to satisfy the requirements of the post.
- Attend Statutory Reviews, placement meetings, disruption meetings and Child Protection case Conferences where required.
- To be aware of and understand the agency’s Equal Opportunities Policy, Diversity and Anti-discriminatory Practice policy and ensure that at all times the duties of the post are carried out in accordance with these policies.
- To ensure that HMG Health and Safety Policies are implemented at all times and to raise any concerns regarding their operation, or any other health and safety matter with the quality assurance and complaints officer.
- To be aware of social work practice with regards to fostering placements, to identify area where improvement is required and to propose and facilitate appropriate solutions.
- Undertake such other duties as may be required by, or on behalf of, the quality assurance and complaints officer provided they fall within the range and scope of the duties of the post as set out in the preceding paragraphs and are commensurate with the grade of the post.
- To ensure that children’s placement plans are effective and properly monitored
- To ensure that foster carers files/records are kept up to date and that references, DBS and checks are monitored on a regular basis to ensure the safety of children being placed.
- To undertake any other duties that could reasonably fall within the scope of this post.
- Dipsw, HCPC registered.
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience in similar role.
- Full driving licence and supply own vehicle
In return or your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:
- 28 days holiday rising by 1 day for every 3 years’ service (up to 12 years)
- Birthday day off
- Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a free day off)
- Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
- Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
- Optional Healthcare scheme.
- Fostertalk membership
Applicants must be willing to undertake an enhanced DBS.
Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you
Applications to: email@example.com