Salary: £35,000 - £42,000 (Salary based on qualifications and experience)

Position: Full Time (37.5 hours per week)

Positions available: 1

Closing date: 31st August 2022

Supervising Social Worker – Fostering Team

Salary – £35,000 – £42,000 dependent on qualifications & experience

Full Time Position (Part-time hours would be considered) 

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’

We are currently looking to recruit a Supervising Social Worker based within our Fostering Agency in South East Kent. This position is a permanent role and you will be responsible for the assessment, supervision and support of foster carers based in Kent. 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 Range of £35,000 – £42,000 per annum.

Essential car allowance of £1500 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.
  • An employee assistance and wellbeing program (EAP) for staff which includes counselling services, debt and finance support which is available to staff and adult family members within the home
  • We offer very well supported and manageable caseloads with limited ‘On-Call’ commitments. We also offer an additional on call allowance:
  • £50 for duties completed Monday – Thursday
  • £75 for duties completed Friday – Sunday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Opportunity to work flexibly under a hybrid home working arrangement
  • Regular Clinical Supervision available
  • Opportunity to attend therapeutic training courses, including Attachment & Relationship Based Practice Training run by Professor David Shemmings

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 – Supervising Social Worker

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with regulations, legislation and best practice guidelines
  • Provide support and supervise a small group of carers
  • Provide high quality services to the children and young people placed with Channels and Choices Fostering Services
  • Ensure an excellent quality service that promotes positive outcomes for looked after children
  • Be responsible for timely Form F Assessments and other relevant assessments and reports
  • Promote the company and ensure professional standards are maintained at all times

Experience & Skills

  • You must be professionally registered with Social Work England, and eligible to work in the UK
  • You must have a relevant Social Work qualification (BA/MA Social Work/DipSW or equivalent)
  • Previous social work experience, ideally within a fostering team
  • Full working knowledge of current statutory and regulatory guidelines governing the operation of fostering, services for children and young people and of child care legislation
  • Full UK Driving License and use of own car
  • Flexibility, adaptability, confidentiality
  • You will be required to form part of an on call team

 

Person Specification

Qualifications (Essential)

  • Professional Registration with Social Work England and eligible to work in the UK
  • Relevant Social Work qualification (BA/MA Social Work/DipSW or equivalent)

Experience (Essential)

  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience working with children &, adolescents within the Care System as well as, families and foster carers – preferably within a Fostering Agency or similar setting
  • Experience of working with relevant client groups who present with his levels of complexity and difficulty

Experience (Desirable)

  • Experience of undertaking Form F Assessments

Skills & Abilities (Essential)

  • Excellent verbal , communication and interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with carers, children, families and colleagues
  • Ability to work effectively on own initiative as well as within a team
  • Ability to build relationships and promote change
  • Computer literate for report and assessment writing
  • Skills in providing consultation to foster carers or other client groups
  • Ability to identify and provide appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to distressing situations and challenging behaviour

Skills & Abilities (Desirable)

  • Ability to facilitate or develop training courses

Knowledge (Essential)

  • Good understanding of child development
  • Full working knowledge of current statutory and regulatory guidelines governing the operation of fostering, services for children and young people and of child care legislation
  • Understanding of Child Protection & Safeguarding

Knowledge (Desirable)

  • Working knowledge of Attachment Theory based practice
  • Knowledge of the mental health needs of children and adolescents

Personal Qualities (Essential)

  • Commitment to continued professional and personal development
  • Professional credibility
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity
  • Demonstrate a commitment to supervision and reflective practice

Additional (Essential)

  • Driver with use of own car

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.

Channels & Choices are committed to ensuring that we are always recruiting, retaining and promoting a diverse mix of colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our local community. We actively celebrate our staff’s different abilities, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith, and gender. Everyone is welcome to apply for a job with Channels & Choices and our staff are supported in their development at all stages in their journey with us.

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