Shape the future of Fostering Supervising Social Worker Fostering East (Ref:) Fostering West (Ref:) Applicant information pack Team Profile Fostering Team East – Reigate Fostering Team West - Chertsey Who we are We are a dynamic team consisting of eight Social Workers, an Assistant Team Manager and a Team Manager, supported by an excellent administrative team. The social workers in the team have a wide range of experience and the skills needed to provide supervision and support to foster carers who may be caring for children and young people with complex needs who may also display a variety of challenging behaviours. Many of the children placed are the subject of Care Proceedings and their foster carers have to be supported through providing complex contact arrangements and the demands of legal proceedings. What we do We are responsible for providing front line foster care services for any child or young person needing to be cared for away from their family. Each team currently provides support and supervision for 100 foster carers, who care for approximately 200 children at any time. How we work Our foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wide range of skills and life experience to their role. We also have a range of foster homes offering emergency, short term respite, bridging, task centred and long term placements for children and young people from birth to twenty one years of age. As well as regular visits, the teams provide foster carers with a range of additional support. This includes evening and day time support groups, regular training and a buddying scheme, where experienced foster carers offer informal support to new foster carers. The team is also aware of the pressures placed on the foster carers own children and provides activities and discussion groups for them. At any time each team are assessing a number of prospective foster carers. Each team member carries a caseload of approximately 15 foster carers or assessments. We are regularly asked to provide assessments of relatives often where children have been placed in a crisis. We also undertake a number of assessments of relatives while the children are placed elsewhere. The teams run a duty system for referring Social Workers and carers Job Profile Supervising Social Worker – Fostering Teams 1. Job Purpose 1.1 To assess, supervise and support foster carers and their families in providing care for ‘Looked After Children’. 1.2 To promote Corporate Parenting by working alongside Social Workers and other agencies to ensure children’s care plans are met. 1.3 To provide a Duty Service to Children’s Teams who are seeking placements for children with whom they are working. 1.4 To ensure foster carers receive adequate and appropriate training for the tasks they fulfil. 1.5 To ensure that children and young people are adequately protected in line with SCPC and departmental policy and procedures and relevant legislation. 1.6 To ensure that ‘Looked After Children’ reach their full potential in respect of the five outcomes and have equal access to services. 1.7 To contribute towards the Recruitment Programme to increase our pool of foster carers. 2. Principal Accountabilities NB The volume and complexity of tasks will be determined by the level of skill and experience of the worker and clients needs through discussion in supervision via workload management. 2.1 To work as part of a team to ensure that the Department’s Foster Carers are able to provide family care appropriate for the needs of ‘Looked After Children’. 2.2 To work collaboratively with other colleagues in Children’s Services and other agencies to promote high quality assessment and child care services. 2.3 On a day-to-day basis balance the competing priorities in supervising foster carers who care for vulnerable children with the support of the Assistant Team Manager and Team Manager. 2.4 Contribute to the promotion and maintenance of a healthy/safe working environment. 2.5 To understand and comply with the team’s budget monitoring. 2.6 To have a creative approach to meeting need and ensure local provision wherever possible in order to meet identified need within available resources. 2.7 To take responsibility for own development through the utilisation of relevant practice research, legislation, peer/user feedback and participative supervision and appraisal processes. 2.8 Work within statutory responsibilities and departmental policies including recording, report writing, file access, complaints, confidentiality and SWIFT. 2.9 To present Foster Carer Assessments (Form F and Regulation 38s) and Annual Review to Foster Panel. 2.10 Work within an equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory framework enabling others to challenge and express their views and contribute to the evaluation of ones own decisions/actions. 2.11 To undertake any other relevant duties as required by the Team Manager or Assistant Team Manager. 3. Management Structure F elicity B udge n A cting H ead o f S urrey C hildren's S ervic e A nnie M acIve r H ead of F am ily P lacem ent S ervic e F osterin g F osterin g A doption & W est E ast P erm anen cy S ervic e T eam 1 T eam 2 Supervising Social Worker Person Specification Throughout the recruitment process you will need to evidence the essential requirements within this person specification. Essential/ Desirable Assessment Qualification Diploma in Social Work or Essential CV Certificate equivalent. Experience/Knowledge Procedure and legal Desirable Exercise References framework. Interview Desirable Experience of working with CV Children Looked After. Desirable Application of theoretical Written Exercise models and relevant research. Desirable Experience of working with CV Foster Carers. Interview Practice Skills and Abilities Assess the needs of children Essential Telephone Interview and young people. Interview References To be able to offer a learning Written Exercise environment to foster carers. Desirable Interview. Undertake Direct Work with CV Children and Young People. Desirable Interview References Contribute to development of Desirable Telephone Interview Service Policy. Interview References Ability to use IT appropriately Desirable Telephone Interview Interview Ability to identify risk to self Desirable Interview and others and take References appropriate action to rectify. Telephone Interview Ability to identify the impact Essential Interview of power and work to develop anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practices. Ability to sustain appropriate Essential References relationships and manage personal and professional boundaries, particularly with foster carers. Ability to work with service Desirable Interview users and particularly References children and young people whose behaviour may be challenging/undermining. Personal Skills Ability to: Manage own time effectively Interview and meet deadlines. Essential References Prioritise and manage Essential Interview caseloads. Exercise References Work under pressure with Essential support. Promote anti-discriminatory Essential Interview practice. References Evaluate and develop own Essential Interview practice. References Communicate effectively with Essential Interview a range of people. Exercise References Present ideas credibly and Essential Interview with conviction. Exercise References Work as a member of a Essential Interview team. References Listen and be sensitive to the Essential Interview needs of children, young References people, foster carers and their families. Motivate self and others. Essential Interview References Communicate in an open Essential References and effective manner; be assertive and convey clear expectations. Reflect and learn from own Essential Interview behaviour, identifying impact of actions on others. Use feedback to develop Essential Interview own practice. References Ability to drive a car to meet Essential Telephone Interview the demands of the job.