Supervising Social Worker

Acorn Care & Education
London (South)
27 Sep 2016
27 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Main Purpose of Post: To support the Regional Service Manager in the recruitment, training, assessment, support and supervision of a range of foster carers ensuring high quality placements are available for looked after children. MAIN DUTIES To produce comprehensive, professional assessments of prospective foster carers using BAAF Form ‘F’ as and when required. To present well-written assessment reports and annual reviews to the foster panel within agreed timescales. To contribute to the foster carer’s initial and post-approval training programme, including ‘Skills to Foster’ and contribute to running foster carer support groups. To support a number of approved foster carers by regular visits, telephone calls, attendance at children’s reviews and liaison with the child’s Social Worker. To take responsibility for ensuring children are in safe, caring placements that offer protection. To undertake ‘out of hours’ on-call duty on a rota basis, and support foster carers dealing with crises and needing advice. To keep accurate and up to date case records of ongoing support and supervision of foster carers and record significant occurrences or incidents in line with current legislation. To promote the service to Local Authorities liaising with appropriate Managers and Social Workers and ensuring information is given to facilitate matching all children’s needs to suitable foster carers. To assist in building and maintaining excellent working relationships with various stakeholders as a means to promoting the organisation as an agency of choice. To participate and support foster carer recruitment and retention campaigns that focus on a diverse mix of linguistic backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, locations and lifestyles in order to satisfy all types of referrals received by the agency. To assist in the building of sustainable relationships with existing foster carers in order to better utilise informal networks in recruitment and retention. To have a good understanding of and work within the Fostering Services National Minimum Standards and Fostering Services Regulations. To participate in regular professional supervision and continue to develop skills and knowledge in Childcare and Fostering. To work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice at all times. To take personal responsibility for health and safety for self, colleagues and visitors. To take responsibility for ensuring all health and safety recommendations for foster carers are implemented within agreed timescales and ensuring the health and safety of all children with foster carers. To identify the need for risk assessments, particularly in relation to the regulations and standards. To ensure all risk assessments are completed in a timely manner. To monitor their implementation and review them at least annually, or if circumstances warrant, more frequently. Any other duties relevant to the post. Safeguarding is everybody’s business. The welfare and safeguarding of children and young people should be of paramount consideration, whatever your role or level of responsibility is within the organisation. All employees, panel members, independent workers and volunteers are required to ensure compliance with the company’s guidance and policy on safeguarding and are required to attend Safeguarding training appropriate to their level of responsibility. This job was originally posted as