Job Title: Social Worker - Fostering Placement Team
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Salary: Up to £36,000 with non-contractual bonus scheme and OTE up to £41,000
We have an exciting, new opportunity for a qualified social worker to join a passionate and enthusiastic team in our London & South East Referrals Hub matching vulnerable looked after children to loving fostering homes.
The role of a Placements Social Worker is dynamic and will entail creative thinking and close partnership working within a team liaising directly with a number of Local Authorities to ensure appropriate and safe matching of children to foster carers. The role is extremely rewarding and our ultimate aim is to positively change the lives of children and young people by providing them with safety, security and maximised opportunities to thrive and achieve.
About the Role
This is a brand new role within our London & South East Referrals Hub, covering the London, the Home Counties, the South Cost and the South East area. The role is a permanent, office-based position with no on call duties.
The role of Placements Social Worker is pivotal in ensuring we provide an efficient, effective and market leading matching service to Local Authorities. You will be committed to effectively placing children and young people into safe, caring and protective households, including those children and young people with a wide variety of complex needs and adverse childhood experiences.
You will be a part of an established and supportive management team and will regularly engage with our Regional Directors, Registered Managers, Team Managers and Supervising Social Workers. You will build care packages as part of the referral process and the type of placements will cover the full range of fostering provision. You will be an extremely valued member of the Referral Hub, influencing decisions, mitigating risks and taking responsibility for approving suitable placement matches.
A huge part of this role is ensuring effective relationships are built and maintained with foster carers, management teams, referrals staff, SSWs and Local Authorities. All of this helps us deliver a market leading fostering service and agency of choice for many Local Authorities.
The ideal candidate will share our ongoing commitment to provide excellence in the provision of fostering services for the children and young people in our care.
To find out more about the role of a Placements Social Worker please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd07IcqUJVQ&ab_channel=NationalFosteringGroup
About the Group
The National Fostering Group is the UK’s largest independent fostering family, our highly skilled and dedicated fostering community supports Local Authorities by providing short or long-term foster placements for thousands of vulnerable children and teenagers throughout the UK.
With 100% of our 30 regional fostering agencies officially recognised by Ofsted, Welsh and Scottish regulators as either ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’, it is perhaps not surprising that more people choose to foster with our fostering agencies than any other fostering provider in the UK.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for a qualified Social Worker with previous experience and working knowledge of fostering services and regulations is preferable although not essential. You will be driven, creative and dynamic to ensure our referrals turn into success stories for children and young people.
Communication is essential to this role so we need someone who will be at ease building and maintaining established relationships with multi-disciplinary stakeholders. You will engage with Directors and Managers across the fostering agencies and be confident to influence decisions ensuring our children and young people are at the heart of everything we do.
- Qualified Social Worker
- Current registration with the relevant Social Work regulatory council (e.g Social Work England/Wales, NISCC, SSSC)
- Working knowledge of Fostering Services, National Minimum Standards and Fostering Regulations is preferable
- Ability to use ICT effectively to fulfil job responsibilities
Why work for us?
- Basic salary is £36,000 with non-contractual bonus scheme and OTE up to £41,000
- Holidays starting at 25 days per annum plus Blank Holidays
- No case holding
- No on call duties
- Office based
- Professional support network
- Employee Rewards Hub – access to discounts, offers and cashback with 100s of retailers
- Essential role to making a real difference to the lives of children and young people
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer