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Supervising Social Worker

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£35,360- £42,269

Posted Date

12 March 2024

Barnardo's Scotland Fostering Edinburgh

Closing Date

22 March 2024

Barnardo's Scotland Fostering Edinburgh have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Supervising Social worker to join our busy team on a Full Time (37 hours) permanent basis.

Location: The successful candidate will work on a hybrid basis with their office base in Edinburgh, however some meetings and training occur Scotland Wide.

As a Supervising Social Worker, you will work within a team of supervising social workers, children's workers, therapists, education liaison worker, managers, and admin staff responsible for the recruitment and support of foster carers who provide care to looked after children and young people who are referred to the service from the Local Authority.

Some of the key responsibilities are:

- Work alongside others in providing support and advice to carers being able to demonstrate initiative whilst also being part of a team
- Ensure that Children & Young Peoples welfare remains paramount and central in all aspects of the service.
- Ensure the voice of children/young people and carers/adopters are represented in the service through engaging in and where appropriate lead in the delivery of participation and consultation activities.
- Deliver relevant training to Barnardo's cohort of foster carers and adopters to the relevant standards on both a group and individual basis and provide feedback to enable training materials to be updated to remain relevant and effective.
- Be flexible to respond to the needs of young people, carers and colleagues.

Ideal Candidate's must haves:

- Demonstrate both excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience of Fostering assessments or similar.
- Have a good understanding of the legislation and National Standards we work within.
- Relevant Social Work Qualification such as DipSW, CSS, CQSW
- Valid Social Work Registration with SSSC.
- Demonstrable and applied knowledge of child protection procedures.
- Previous post qualifying experience in childcare setting settings and/or pre- qualifying work experience in Family Placement
- Hold a full UK driving licence with access to their own vehicle.

History of Service

Barnardo's has well over 100 years of experience delivering fostering and adoption services across the UK.

Our fostering service in Scotland has been operational for over 18 years and rated ‘Good' across most areas from Care Inspectorate. Our fostering Service is supported by Practice Managers, comprising of new and experienced team members. This team is supported by experienced administrative staff, and the work of the supervising social workers, childrens worker (PW2) and a Psychotherapist. The Edinburgh team is the only Scottish Service operating the Mockingbird model, supported by the fostering network.

When completing your application please refer to your skills, knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document (if applicable) This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

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.
Pay & Reward Framework

We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo's values. We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which was rolled out 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo's as it will offer clear routes of progression for colleagues to progress through the pay band of their role.

Whilst the full pay band and salary range is advertised, our approach to starting salaries is to appoint between the minimum to mid-point of the pay band – this ensures that pay progression steps are available to reward our colleagues annually based on their contribution to excellence and alignment to our values and behaviours. More details on Barnardo's pay framework can be found upon application.

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