JOB TITLE: Supervising Social Worker – North London
REPORTS TO: Social Work Manager
1 Context and Purpose of the Job
1.1 The supervising Social Worker’s first responsibility will be to the child in
placement, even though s/he will not have case management responsibility for the
1.2 To act as the named Social Worker, supervising, supporting and developing
designated foster carers.
1.3 To recruit, assess and prepare potential foster carers.
1.4 To participate in training of staff, foster carers and potential foster carers.
1.5 To ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with regulation and agency
requirements and contribute to the evaluation and continual improvement of the
Major duties and Responsibilities
2 Supervision of Foster Carers
2.1 Visit assigned carers regularly while the child is placed with them and keep in
regular contact when there is no child in placement.
2.2 Ensure that foster carers are informed, and fully comply with all standards and
policies and guidance, including safe caring guidelines, agreed by GLF.
2.3 Assist foster carers in achieving these standards through regular supervision
meetings, providing an opportunity for all parties to raise issues of concern.
2.4 Take responsibility in assisting in the career development of carers, establishing
training needs with them and making plans to meet these.
2.5 Prepare an Annual Review Report on each carer for presentation to the Chair of
3.1 Provide an effective connection between the carer and staff employed by GLF.
3.2 Provide continuity and an overview of GLF procedures and practice, and act as a
‘link’ worker with the primary aim of addressing and dissipating tensions occurring
in the relationship between GLF and the carer.
3.3 Help to represent the views of foster carers and ensure that matters of concern are
addressed as speedily as possible.
3.4 Help carers solve problems arising from placements such as finance, equipment
3.5 Provide or arrange support for other members of the household, particularly
children of the foster family.
3.6 Assist carers in solving problems relating to the child and his/her family by liaising
with the child’s social worker who has the prime responsibility for this.
3.7 Participate in GLF social and support events, promoting effective relationships
between carers, their support networks and staff.
4 Foster Carer Recruitment
4.1 Respond to enquiries about fostering and undertake home visits to provide
information and initial assessment.
4.2 Prepare applicants for fostering through learning and development, both in groups
5 Foster care assessment
Undertake competency based assessments of potential foster carers in accordance
with legislation and relevant regulation and prepare a report on their suitability as
foster carers, using the BAAF form F format.
6 Major duties and Responsibilities
6.1 Complete and exchange with the child’s social worker all reports of relevance to the
placement within the agreed time limits.
6.2 Complete the report of each supervision meeting in accordance with GLF’s proforma
and exchange a copy with the carer and GLF.
6.3 Complete the required Annual Review Reports including information from the end of
placement reports and the views of significant others involved with the carers
including children of an appropriate age in the foster family.
6.4 Complete weekly record of work undertaken in order to enable the operational
manager to determine, prioritise and monitor workload and assign tasks to
7.1 Attend regular supervision and annual appraisal meetings with the line manager and
participate in appropriate training and professional development
7.2 Ensure all work is carried out in accordance with GLF’s philosophy, equal
opportunities statement, quality assurance procedures, complaints procedures, child
protection procedures, financial procedures and employment policies.
JOB TITLE: Supervising Social Worker
Previous experience of Children and Family Social Work
Experience of working in a multi-cultural context
Experience of direct work with children and young people
Experience of supervising foster carers
Experience of training or developing foster carers or other staff acting as a resource for
children and young people in need
Experience of statutory social work with children looked after by the local authority
Skills and Abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work in partnership with foster carers, parents, employing agency,
children’s social workers and other professional agencies
Ability to work under own initiative, planning, managing and reviewing own
Willingness to work in a very flexible way, in order to be accessible and speedy in
response to foster carer’s needs
Ability to use computer for word processing to produce reports and to use e-mail to
communicate with the agency.
A thorough knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and associated guidance
Knowledge of the responsibilities of local authorities in relation to looked after
children and foster care
Knowledge of the UK national standards for foster care 1999 and the Fostering
Regulations and Minimum Standards 2002
Education and Training
A recognised social work qualification (Dip SW or equivalent)
Current registration with the General Social Care Council
In service training relevant to looked after children
In service training relevant to foster care
In service training relevant to direct work with children and young people
Ability to demonstrate a commitment to equal access policies
Knowledge of equal access service delivery
Knowledge of the implication of race, racial origin, culture and linguistic
background for childcare practice
Commitment to services which enable children with disabilities to lead lives
which are as normal as possible
Knowledge and experience of work with children with disabilities
Special Job Requirements
Motivated to deliver a high quality fostering service in a positive and enthusiastic way
Willingness to use public transport when this is the most effective means of travelling to
full driving license and willingness to use car for work
Willingness to work in extremely flexible way in order to be responsive and available to
meet the needs of foster families. This will involve substantial evening and weekend
Willingness to be available for telephone contact with foster families on an open –ended
basis. Exceptions to this availability are made for annual leave, sickness and other agreed
Staff need to live within the M25, and north of the river Thames.
Willingness to work from home when appropriate and a home situation that makes this