Medway is developing a fostering model based around a supportive, inclusive community (‘Hub’) that provides a stable and caring environment for children with complex behavioural needs to heal before finding their forever home.
We are looking for experienced carers to be the heart of this model, providing mentorship, guidance and respite to the foster families within the community.
As a Hub Carer you will be joining the busy Internal Placements team, as part of a dynamic team of social workers working with Medway foster carers and children, and will have regular professional supervision to further develop your practice.
Whilst having no foster children of your own, you will act in a ‘grandparent’ role to other foster families in the community, providing stability and care through overnight stays, after school tea breaks and weekend activities for the children, as well as offering mentorship and advice to the foster parents.
The role relies heavily on the use of therapeutic parenting, so experience or knowledge of this area is essential, as is experience of supporting children and young people of varying ages and varying presenting behavioural needs. Applicants will also need to demonstrate emotional resilience, empathy and excellent relationship building skills.
You will be required to work closely with colleagues within the council and partners ensuring that person centered outcomes are met in ways which utilise available resources as effectively as possible.
Applicants will work within organisational policy and legislative requirements including The Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and Mental health Act.
You will work autonomously within the role, demonstrating expert and effective practice in complex situations managing higher levels of risk.
All staff working in the department have a responsibility for promoting and supporting the Council's policies and procedures for safeguarding. You should ensure that you carry out your duties and work at all times in a way that ensures the safeguarding and welfare of service users.
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
- Experienced foster carer
- Experience supporting children and young people of varying ages and a range of
Behaviours and presentations (including but not limited to risky behaviour, risk of
- sexual exploitation, verbal and physical aggression, absconding)
- Experience of developing resilience in others (both adults and children)
- Strong relationship- building experience, both with other carers and with children
- Qualification in Therapeutic Parenting
- Currently a foster carer
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Childcare voucher scheme
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- Assisted car purchase scheme
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Leila Stroud 01634 334468
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date