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Gloucestershire County Council

Fostering Social Worker

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£34,834 - £38,223

Posted Date

17 June 2024


Closing Date

7 July 2024

We are currently recruiting for a Supervising Social Worker to join our Fostering Kinship Assessment team on a part-time permanent basis.

About you

You will be familiar with the relevant legislative processes relating to Fostering and Special Guardianship orders , have a positive attitude, good problem-solving skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills. We are looking for well informed and dynamic individuals who are familiar with kinship assessments, support and supervision of foster carers. The team undertake assessment across the whole of the UK, so there will be a need to travel.

There are some things we require for you to be successfully appointed to this post:

- Social Work England registration
- A recognised qualification in Social Work
- To have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) (if you qualified after 2012)
- A full driving licence and willingness to drive
- DBS clearance

Our team

We are looking for a self-motivated, organised and flexible Supervising Social Worker to join our Kinship Assessment Team responsible for assessing and supporting kinship fostering households and prospective Special Guardians. We aim to provide the best support enabling carers to offer therapeutic and nurturing care to children in care. Our team provide a service countywide but includes travelling out of the county when assessing carers who do not live within Gloucestershire. Join our well established and friendly Fostering Service where we you will receive regular reflective supervision, evidence-based training and support to develop and progress.

Right child, right support, right time, every time

We are working together to support families and communities to give every child the best chance of a happy and rewarding life, especially those who need more help.

Gloucestershire offers a range of opportunities to develop your career, supported by a phenomenal Social Work Academy offer, a developing systemic practice methodology, an ambitious leadership team and an award-winning workforce.

Gloucestershire Children’s Services are improving. Our latest Ofsted inspection (February 2022) identified that:

‘Significant progress has been made in many areas of Gloucestershire’s children’s services… significant financial investment and the backing of political leaders, has led to improved services that are now more effective in meeting the needs of children and families’.

We are a local authority adopting, and training all colleagues in, systemic social work practice. We take a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive.

Reward and support

For all your hard work, you will receive the following:

- annual retention payment of £2,000*
- relocation allowance of up to £8,000*
- welcome payment of up to £4,000*
- between £34,834 - £38,223 per annum subject to experience (pro rata for part-time staff)
- flexible and agile working opportunities
- 25.5 days annual leave rising to 30.5 days after 5 years continuous service
- option to purchase 10 days of additional leave per year (pro rata for part-time staff)
- family friendly policies and benefits to help support you and your family
- supportive and positive working environment with regular, robust supervision
- local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides free, confidential, counselling and advice for employees, available 24 hours a day, online and by telephone
- an in-house Occupational Health service
- employee discount scheme
- cycle to work scheme
- links to employee networks such as Prism (LGBT+) and the Young Employees Network
- career development and qualification opportunities
- access to our Social Work Academy

How to apply

For an informal chat about this role, please contact

Alternatively, please submit your application before the closing date.

*please note that our retention and welcome payments are subject to tax and national insurance deductions and terms and conditions apply

This position is subject to a DBS check.

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining excellent people to work for us, so that we can best serve all of Gloucestershire’s diverse communities. Our promise to you is that we will provide an inclusive and supportive working environment that enables you to bring your whole self to work and realise your full potential.

It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.

Hybrid working arrangements are available for the majority of our roles, giving teams the opportunity to work in a way that suits them, balancing service need and individual choice, with a mix of both remote and office working.

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