This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic social worker or experienced Senior Practitioner to join the West Fostering Team on a permanent basis.
The Fostering service is an innovative trail blazing service and one of the first in England to develop the Mockingbird Family model, and a dedicated Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) team. The service continues to innovate and is currently involved in cutting edge research programmes with the Department for Education, The Anna Freud Centre and the University of Hertfordshire. This is a great time to be joining the service. We launched our new Fostering Strategy in November 2020 and we are driving forward improvements and change and getting great results, recruiting more carers and developing innovative programmes of training and support for our foster carers. There is a lot of energy in the service and commitment from partners to continuing to raise the profile of fostering in Hertfordshire right now, recognising the key role Fostering has to play for our children looked after.
You will be joining a supportive team; you will have opportunities to fully utilise your skills and experience and develop in your role
The Supervising Social Worker role will involve:
- The Assessment, Supervision and Support of foster carers
- Supporting foster carers to deliver trauma informed care. Foster carers and staff are offered ARC training and refresher workshops and seminars to continually refresh skills and underpin trauma informed practice.
- Completion of fostering good quality safe assessments, and presentation to Fostering panel.
- Delivery of foster carer training, and supporting the continuous learning, training and development of foster carers
- Support foster carers to comply with Fostering Regulations and National Minimum Standards.
- Deliver on the making and matching of foster placements.
- Delivery of support groups,
- Building relationships with foster carers, children looked after and our partners.
- Working closely with other agencies to promote placement stability and support
- Undertake duty responsibilities on a rota basis
- Able to work a flexible working week to meet he needs of the service
- Attend carer/children events to promote the fostering community
- Support the delivery of children’s care plans.