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Fostering social worker

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North West



£35,360 - £47,320

Posted Date

23 May 2024


Closing Date

2 June 2024

Barnardo's is an independent fostering agency with branches throughout the UK. The fostering team is part of the wider Family Placement service which also has adoption services throughout the UK. The north England fostering service covers Yorkshire and the North East of England.

We recruit, prepare, assess and approve prospective foster carers. We work with Local Authorities across the region to place and support children looked after. We work closely with our colleagues in the adoption service with whom we share events and training.

Objectives of Service

To recruit, train, assess and support prospective foster carers in the north region to provide safe, loving and nurturing families for children in need of foster placements. To work with our foster carers, the placing authorities and other professionals to maintain the best quality of service, support and outcomes for children.

Initial Specific Responsibilities

We are looking for a social worker to join the North England Family Placement service (fostering team) based in Leeds. Key tasks include:

- Assessment of prospective foster carers and completion of assessment reports
- Attending relevant multi agency meetings such as CLA reviews, Placement Planning meetings and panels
- Monthly supervision and regular support to foster carers
- Timely recording and good communication with all professionals involved in placements
- Training delivery in both Group and Individual settings

The post holder will contribute as part of the team to the training and assessment of new carers, and to maintaining the office duty system. After a suitable induction period the post holder will join the Out of Hours support rota. Please note this is not a full job description; other duties and responsibilities are allocated within the team according to experience and particular skills.

Supplementary Information

A professional Social Work qualification and SWE registration are essential for this post as is experience in Family Placement, Child Protection or work with Looked After Children.

The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving license that enables them to drive in the UK and have use of a car and business use insurance. Barnardo's is, however, willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by other means.

For further information or an informal discussion contact Lisa Lewis on 07510 382218 (Mon-Thursday)

About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our behaviours and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and male candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.

Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible.

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