Social Worker – Fostering Service

Job specification

Location:
Swindon
Hours:
37 - Happy to talk flexible working
Salary:
£32,231 to £40,072 p.a.
Salary notes:
Dependent on experience
Closing date:
21/10/2021
Job reference:
005473
Interview date:
01/11/2021
Date posted:
08/10/2021
Our Children’s Service is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted but we are not complacent here at Swindon. We have drive and aspirations to continuously transform our service and work towards ‘Outstanding’, to ensure children receive a consistently good service every day

About Us

Ofsted recognised that the quality of leadership and management at all levels is an emerging key strength for us and our permanent senior leadership team, led by our new in post Director of Social Work, is ambitious, energetic and assured in the oversight and delivery of services to children and their families.

We are now working towards implementation of the Family Safeguarding Model in 2022, a new multi-disciplinary approach that supports a whole-system change to child protection for children up to adolescence, focusing on supporting the needs of children and adults so that children can safely remain within their families. This is a great opportunity to join us now and be part of this implementation from the start.

In addition, we have an established and growing ASYE programme, linked to our Social Care & Leadership Academy, offering mentoring support, fostering a culture of learning and challenge, manageable caseloads and good quality supervision, as we commit and invest in growing our own talent, as well as our experienced social workers.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate social worker to join our experienced and successful team that is reflective and creative in practice. Working collaboratively with all stakeholders you will strive to ensure that the children and young people in our care reach their full potential.

We are looking for committed social care professionals with a sound knowledge of fostering legislation and practice issues who will be able to continue to deliver the same high standards of service.

About the role

Support the organisation in ensuring that the service is run in line with the Government Legislation, Regulations and Standards.

Represent Swindon Borough Council’s Fostering Vision and Values, whilst developing and providing a comprehensive and flexible social work service to all stakeholders.

Have a relevant professional qualification in social work, be HCPC (or equivalent) registered and have substantial experience of foster care practice including the assessment of potential foster carers or supervision of foster carers.

Our offer to you:

  • £3000 “golden hello” payment after one year’s service
  • Retention payments of £2000 after completing two years’ service and a further £2000 after three years’ service
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000 (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Competitive salaries
  • Free car parking at our central Swindon campus and easy commuter links to many locations
  • A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) rising to 31 days after 10 years’ service
  • Opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Leisure and Legal Services discounts
  • Eating Out, Shopping and Entertainment discounts

About You

Have a good knowledge of fostering regulations, child care law and safeguarding issues is essential, as is the ability to make objective professional assessments of children or young people. Strong report writing skills are key and a good understanding of the issues that both mainstream and connected person’s foster carers face.

Be a strong team player and be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Your aspirations should be limitless and you will be as determined and passionate about Children’s Services as we are. As a local authority, we continuously drive forward improvements in our services. We want our Social Workers to be part of our transformation, contribute to improving the safeguarding of our children, and we will make sure you have the full support network and training to do it.

Our teams are ambitious and proactive and we are looking for people who will share that ambition and be a part of our journey.

Candidates must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act – for the effective performance of a customer-facing role).

Our commitment to your development

We are dedicated to ensuring that you can progress your continued professional development and access training and learning opportunities linked to the BASW competencies for career progression.

We have an established Social Work & Leadership Academy. The Academy aims to celebrate the best in professional practice in Social Work and Social Care Leadership. The Academy represents an opportunity for us to demonstrate how we support, develop and value the professional disciplines in Social Work and Social Care through a targeted framework of career development and learning opportunities. 

If you are experiencing technical issues submitting your application please email resourcing@swindon.gov.uk

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