Salary: £23,000 - £28,000 (Salary based on qualifications and experience)

Position: Full Time (37.5 hours per week)

Positions available: 1

Closing date: 31st December 2021

Social Work Assistant – Fostering Team

£23,000 – £28,000 dependent on qualifications & experience

All applicants are required to complete an application form which can be found under the careers section on our website –

Channels & Choices is an award winning, dynamic company specialising in children’s residential care, Fostering and Education based in South East Kent. OFSTED judge our services as ‘Outstanding’.

Due to continued growth we are currently looking to recruit a Social Work Assistant based within our Fostering Agency in South East Kent. This position is a permanent role to assist Fostering Social Workers in their role of recruiting, supervising and supporting foster carers who provide care for the children in the care of Channels and Choices based in Kent. This role will provide high quality support and guidance to foster carers, their families and the children in their care. The successful candidate will be part of our unique, expanding organisation which helps children achieve their full potential.

Channels and Choices Therapeutic Fostering specialise in working with children who have experienced trauma, most will have an attachment disorder. We create a secure base for all the children in our care and we focus on achieving seamless transitions so that children can be part of a loving and nurturing family.

The post is permanent, full time (37.5 hours) and is based within our Fostering Team in South East Kent. We offer a competitive salary of £23,000 – £28,000 per annum. Further benefits include 36 days paid annual leave per year and a loyalty scheme which rewards you with extra annual leave following 2 years of service.

These are exciting times as Channels & Choices continues to expand and develop its Fostering & Residential Services and we are looking for someone to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary staff team who has a passion for promoting outstanding outcomes for children in care.

We have a strong commitment to staff development and there will be considerable opportunities for internal and external training and for sharing good practice within the community.

JOB DESCRIPTION – Social Work Assistant

Key Responsibilities:

Ensure compliance with regulations, legislation and best practice guidelines

Provide practical support to foster carers and offer support and guidance on foster children in line with their Care Plans

Advise on practical child care and parenting skills, including setting boundaries and managing challenging behaviours

Be responsive at times of need providing intensive support to

foster carers as and when required

Liaise and support foster carers regarding contact between foster children and their families, either in the foster home or at other locations as agreed in the Care Plan

Support foster carers in their own personal development and foster caring skills to ensure that they are fully equipped to respond to the needs of the children in their care

Keep accurate and up to date records of visits and contact with foster carers

Regular liaison with internal colleagues and updating the child’s social worker

Produce reports, contribute to meetings and reviews as and when required

To attend Fostering Panel, supporting the Fostering Social Worker, as and when necessary

Develop good relationships with families, foster carers, children and other professionals

Assist Fostering Social Workers to identify and match children that may require respite care

Attend and participate in regular supervision and undertake training as and when required

Ensure an excellent quality service that promotes positive outcomes for looked after children

Promote the company and ensure professional standards are maintained at all times

Channels and Choices are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the young people in our care. Staff are all required to adhere to the organisation’s Safeguarding Policies and Procedures. This post will be subject to a clear Enhanced DBS Disclosure, an employment background check, satisfactory references & verification of a right to work in the UK. As part of our commitment to Safer Recruitment, CV’s cannot be considered without a completed application form.

Strictly no agencies thank you.

All applicants are required to complete an application form which can be found under the careers section on our website –

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