Croydon is a place on the up, experiencing the largest growth of any London borough. It is a borough steeped in tradition, offering residents a rich and diverse history but has a forward-thinking mentality that is keen to embrace change and innovation to provide the best possible place for residents to live and work.
We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic and trauma-informed practice models and frameworks that underpin our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and, the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.
The Fostering Service recruit, assess, support and develop foster carers. The teams match children to families and provide continual support. Placement support is a real strength across the fostering service, as it strives to achieve permanence and the very best outcomes for the children in care in Croydon. This is an exciting time within the Fostering Service as there are many new developments taking place and it is a great opportunity to be part of a supportive and dedicated team.
The successful candidate will be experienced in managing a caseload of foster carers. This would include supervising foster carers of various levels of complexity, including assessment, planning implementation and evaluation of appropriate action and to ensure that the welfare of the children in their carer are properly and effectively safeguarded and promoted.
The role will involve you applying a range of systemic ideas in your work, including supervising foster carers, in promoting a practice philosophy that seeks to empower service users, build on individual strengths, and develop strategies that support them to understand, manage and respond to risk.
You will also be required to support the range of recruitment and development activities, to help ensure that the fostering service is stable and robust in its service delivery.
Excellent written and verbal communications are essential, so too is a creative approach to getting compelling messages across.
This post requires a DBS disclosure and for you to be registered with Social Work England.
For an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Brian Amos, service manager. Email firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: 020 8604 7557.
Salary scale range from £38,883 - £43,860. This is a full time 36hrs per week position.
Closing date 7 November 2021 at 11:59pm
Interviews dates are 16 and 17 November 2021.
Equal opportunities statement
Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements.
As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.
Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. The Successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.