Our specialist Families and Friends Support Team supports placements for children and young people who are cared for by a relative or friend, where their own parents are not able to. We are a dedicated passionate social work service, led by experienced managers that support, advise and supervise all approved family and friend carers. This strengthens our Trust commitment to the importance for children to remain with their families throughout their childhood and we help them achieve the most positive outcomes.
As a Senior Social Worker, you will be passionate about making a positive difference and achieve change for the children and families we work with. The role would suit an experienced children services practitioner, who has previously worked within a fostering service and ideally within a family and friend team.
You will be provided with a supportive team environment where you will have access to the right tools, equipment and resources, so you can focus on . You will receive regular supervision and a comprehensive training programme which will support your career development.
Assistant Head of Service, Kim Smith has been with the Trust since 2015, she highlights why she chose this sector to develop her social work career -
‘Our service builds lifelong relationships with families, so all children and young people remain with relatives and maintain a strong family network through childhood and beyond into adulthood that positively impacts upon them’ Kim further added: ‘My role allowed me a perfect career development opportunity to become a specialist in permanence case management, whilst maintaining safeguarding and court skills’.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join a fast paced, new and developing Citywide service; and use your experience of fostering, alongside your expertise in permanence.
You will deliver consistent high-quality child focused support to Birmingham's family and friend carers and the children in their care.
You will be a qualified, SWE registered social worker, you’ll bring your wealth of experience of working with vulnerable children and their families.
You will be passionate and committed to working flexibly with others, you have collaborated effectively with other teams, statutory and voluntary agencies. You have a demonstrable understanding of key legislation, which equips you to analyse and intervene effectively in situations that are increasingly complex and challenging. Crucially, you have the ability to communicate clearly to all kinds of audiences, both in person and in writing and be competent in handling large numbers of calls each day.
Our offer to you…
If you are 3yrs post qualified, you will receive a recruitment incentive payment of £3,000 (terms and conditions apply)
You will also receive a retention payment of £2,400, paid quarterly in your pay package for the first two years.
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Contact the team for further info and informal chat:
Alison O’Connor, Head of Service - Alison.O’Connor@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk
Or Syeda Ahmed, Team Manager – Syeda.Ahmed@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk
Or our Recruitment Advisor, Georgina Bird – Georgina.Bird@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk