Are you passionate about making a difference?
Having been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. There has been considerable investment in our workforce which has created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We support our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and the right supervision, training and learning opportunities you need to be a strong practitioner.
This is an amazing time to join the Fostering Service as there are many new and exciting developments taking place and it is a great opportunity to be part of a dynamic, supportive, and friendly team. Be a fundamental part of ensuring the best outcomes for children and young people by supporting our county fostering families and our connected fostering families to ensure they provide children with a safe, stable, and permanent home environment that allows them to remain living with people who will support them throughout their childhoods.
As a supervising Social Worker with experience of working with children and families, you will be supporting fostering families, through supervision under the requirements of the Fostering Regulations 2011, to continue meeting the National Minimum Standards for Fostering, developing their role through a broad spectrum of training and peer support networks to ensure the best homes for our children.
You will also be expected to cover a duty phone line when required and respond to calls which may include the need for a visit to carers who are managing a crisis with a child in placement. You will need to be able to produce high quality, analytical and reflective reports that consider all the strengths of the fostering families and how we can support them with any difficulties they are experiencing.
You will also be expected to support our Placement commissioning team to source and match children to fostering families to promote long term positive outcomes. You may also be required to source emergency placements with very limited timescales attached.
Flexibility in working hours is sometimes required. This means you may need to work outside of standard business hours on occasion. However, with support from your manager, you will be able to adjust your working pattern to make sure it fits your home life and still meet the needs of the carers you will be supporting.
We are a motivated and enthusiastic team and as such, you will be encouraged to make the most of our commitment to flexible working arrangements, which includes the chance to work from home or the office environment.
As you will be working with fostering families across a large geographical area, you must also be able to meet the travel requirements of the role. On occasion, you will need to support a fostering family in other parts of the country, and this may include overnight stays or long-distance travel.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success. Therefore, if you are enthusiastic and creative with the commitment to help turn lives around, we would be delighted to welcome you to our friendly and inclusive team
- Support and supervise your fostering families under the requirements of the Fostering Regulations 2011.
- Ensure your fostering families continue to meet the National Minimum Standards for Fostering.
- Ensure your fostering families remain up to date with their training needs.
- Reporting back to the team manager and discuss, in formal / informal supervision, the successes and progress of specific tasks/activities set out for completion within the plan.
- Understanding and working within corporate and statutory frameworks, such as anti-discriminatory practice, health and safety, sustainability and demonstrating commitment to them in daily working practice, ensuring that any issues are challenged appropriately.
- Ensuring that all Hampshire County Council child protection policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies.
- Participating in group case discussions and relevant meetings.
- Working with fostering families across a large geographical area and sometimes at a long distance.
- When required, and as agreed with your line manager, working outside of standard office hours.
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- Social Work England (formerly HCPC) registration.
- Social Work Degree or equivalent.
- Knowledge of child development.
- Knowledge of Child Protection / Care proceedings
- Experience of working with fostering families.
- Ability to communicate with a wide range of people in a variety of situations.
- Build effective relationships using mediation and negotiation skills.
- IT skills.
- Ability to work in an inclusive/non-discriminatory manner.
- Ability to work flexibly, as there is a potential for evening and weekend working.
- Ability to use own initiative within the framework of accountability to the team manager.
- Ability to present information both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to construct coherent reports and assessments.
- Ability to liaise effectively with other professionals.
- Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role.
- Display Screen Equipment including desktop PC.
- Verbal abuse and/or aggression.
- Lone working.
- You must be able to meet the travel requirements of the role. Generally, this means that you will require a full driving licence and access to a car, but reasonable adjustments to this requirement will be considered to cater for a declared disability.
Connect2Hampshire, part of Hampshire & Kent Commercial Services LLP, is an equal opportunities Employment Agency & Business and positively encourages applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates.