We are looking to fill 3 post within our Fostering Supervison and Support Team
One post which is full time Permanent, another post which is 4 days Permanent, and the other post which is a is full time 1 year fixed contract
We are committed to tackling inequality, racism and injustice and creating a fairer borough for all. In order to do this, we need to set the example by being a fair employer and creating a workplace environment, which is free from discrimination, racism and inequality. Our approach needs to be proactive, consistently learning to create a fairer workplace and foster a culture, which empowers all staff to challenge inequality.
Fairness is at the heart of what we do. We want to celebrate and embrace our differences by:
Our expectations is that all Supervising Social Workers will adhere to Fostering Regulations and assist carers in Meeting National Minimum Standards which support the service, protecting our children from further risk and harm
Home visits and unannounced visits are required within this role, Annual Reviews are completed within each year, these reviews are to be of good quality and are heard by an Independent Fostering Reviewing Officer as well as Panel
Supervising Social Workers are also expected to work Duty and Out of Hours, this is a service we offer carers in order to support them with difficulties they encounter when caring for our children- At times we will be expected to support the Emergency Duty Team in sourcing a placement for a child if there are placements available - There is support from a Fostering Manager overnight as well to assist in making decisions if necessary. The duty rota is currently set up where each worker is on duty 1 week out of 11 weeks
There is numerous learning opportunities within our service Over half the Social Workers within the team we have their Practice Educators Award
We are looking for candidates who have have good writing skills and can be clear and concise in both written and oral presentation.
The staff member must be able to formulate analysis from a varied amount of evidence that will contribute to their (assessments) annual reviews.
Must have the ability to meet statutory time frames times and prioritize work
We are looking for candidates who can build relationships, and maintain them during difficult periods of interaction with both our client base and colleague's.
The ability to work within our practice model, incorporating Motivational Social Work, Trauma Informed Practice and Pace for Parenting.
Closing date: Sunday 27th March 2022 at 23:59
Interview date: TBC
The Fostering Supervision and Support Team consist of the following :
11 Supervising Social Workers, 2 Practice Managers, 1 Supportive Lodgers Coordinator and 1 Social Work Coordinator. This is a fast pace team with years of knowledge. We do our best in supporting each other, while supporting our foster carers and the organization itself. We work closely with CAMHS and work well within our Group Supervision where we embrace Trauma Informed Practice philosophy. utilising skills of PACE to support placement stability, our children and carers are set at the forefront of our work
Manage the specific set of tasks relating to statutory case responsibility for children, young people and care leavers in need of help and protection and in public care, with the support of an appropriately qualified supervisor.
To develop a culture of trauma-informed practice that helps to improve the quality of relationships with children and young people, through Motivational Practice.
1) Relationships and effective direct work
1.a) Build effective relationships with the child, young person, family or carers to decide the best way to keep them safe, bring about change and improve outcomes ensuring that child protection is always prioritised. Observe and talk to children, young people and their families/carers within in their environment to help understand their physical and emotional world.
1. b) Provide support using best evidence direct work address support identified needs, significant risk and support children and young people in placements, those being adopted and moving to independence.
1. c) Work with a range of professionals, helping them understand the child and young person’s needs and ensuring that these are met in different contexts.
1. d) To provide supervision and support to carers, individually, in families, facilitating groups and training within the fostering and permanence roles
1. a) To communicate clearly and sensitively with children and families/carers and other professionals within differing contexts, taking into account diversity and the need to tailor communication styles. To engage and motivate people to participate in support services.
1. b) To listen to the wishes and feelings of children and young people and support parents, carers and other professionals to understand behaviour and improve outcomes within a range of contexts.
1. c) Produce written cases notes and reports which are well argued, focused and jargon-free with sound analysis and rationale for actions.
3) Child Development
1. a) Have an understanding and knowledge of child development milestones, and how they can be impacted on by trauma. With this knowledge to be able to seek additional professional advice when needed in order effectively understand, challenge and advocate on behalf of children with their parents, carers and the professional network.
4) Adult mental ill health, substance misuse, domestic abuse, physical ill health and disability
1. a) To have a clear and empathic understanding of how the above issues impact on the parent-child relationship. To use this understanding to develop a holistic view of family circumstances. To plan collaboratively with parents and the wider network enabling parents to effect change, when possible, and to help children make sense of their history when it is not.
1. b) In fostering and permanence, to work effectively with carers through periods of stress to ensure that the child is well cared for, reducing disruption and promoting permanence.
5) Abuse and neglect in children and young people
1. a) To have an awareness and curiosity of what the indicators of abuse and neglect are and to use this to collate multi-agency information and where necessary confidently lead investigations to protect children.
1. a) To complete thorough, child-focussed and ongoing assessments, which recognise strengths, vulnerabilities as well as attitude to change. To ensure that assessments bring out clearly the voice of the child and demonstrate an empathic view of how family and wider circumstances impact on children’s ability to develop to their full potential.
1. b) In fostering and permanence to use supervisory and adult learning skills to assess the potential of carers to meet children’s needs. To work in partnership with carers to help them make sense of the assessment process.
7) Analysis, decision-making, planning and review
1. a) Analyse plans regularly to ensure the support provided is making a difference to reduce risk and adjust the plan, accordingly, including the views of children, young people, parents, carers and the professional network.
1. b) Demonstrate accountability for the support being provided by producing written case notes and reports which are reasoned, purposeful and jargon-free. Present a clear analysis and a sound rationale for actions and decisions made, so that all parties are well informed.
8) The law and the family, and youth justice systems
1. a) Use the law, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice. Demonstrate ability to participate in decision-making to ensure children and kept safe, utilising the legal powers, duties and resources available.
9) Role of supervision
1. a) Use individual and group supervision reflectively to discuss, debate and test hypotheses when examining your cases. You will explore multiple perspectives and presenting issues, linked to underlying risks or needs. Utilise supervision to develop your practice skills, build confidence and reflect on your own development.
1. b) To provide supervision and support to carers under the regulatory requirements in partnership, helping them to develop their practice skills, build confidence and reflect on their own development
10) Organisational context
1. a) Operate successfully in a wide range of organisational contexts complying with the checks and balances within local and national systems.
1. b) Maintain effective working relationships with peers, managers and leaders both within the profession, throughout multi-agency partnerships and public bodies, including the family courts.
1. c) Encourage and advocate for organisational focus, resource and support for the children and young people you work with.
1. d) For the fostering role: to be available to share the 24-hour response to carers For those specialising in recruitment of carers to facilitate planned training and preparation of carers on specific agreed Saturdays in the year and attend agreed recruitment events which may be out of office hours.