Fostering Social Worker

Posted 1st Dec, 2023
£42,840 – £52,116
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
27th Dec, 2023
About the role

Royal Greenwich Fostering Service is seeking to recruit dynamic Social Workers to join our innovative and well regarded Fostering Service in providing the best possible care to Looked After Children.

  • 1x Fixed-term post

  • 1x Permanent post

We are looking for a qualified, registered children and families Social Worker, with experience of direct social work practice and fostering. The successful candidate will perform all tasks related to the role of a supervising social worker including undertaking fostering assessments and for private fostering arrangements.

You will need a good knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation and guidance which governs Children’s Social Care and Fostering Services.

About you

 The role includes:

  • Assessment of prospective foster carers & Special Guardians

  • Providing regular, professional and effective supervision to foster carers, offering on-going assessment and supportive challenge of their practice

  • Completion of foster carers annual reviews

  • Completion of assessments of private fostering arrangements

  • Delivery of attachment based models of support framed within our systemic practice model

  • Good standard of on-going recording and the ability to prepare thorough & timely reports

  • Working closely with carers to support them to meet the needs of children in accordance with the care plan and delegated authority

  • Facilitating support groups and promoting the continuous professional development of Foster Carers

  • Working as part of the team to contribute to the development of the Fostering Service’ best practice

  • Participation in recruitment events

  • An expectation of some evening and occasional weekend working

  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of ICT systems including  word and excel

We can offer you professional supervision, good terms and conditions, career development and a welcoming supportive team environment and integration in the wider children in care and care leaver service alongside childcare teams.

If you feel you have the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence that we are looking for then we would welcome your application.

There is an expectation of some evening and occasional weekend working (for which you will receive TOIL). Once a quarter you will be required to cover a week on the Out of Hours emergency support call service for foster carers.

About Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is a vibrant area of Southeast London with a rich history and diverse culture. The town of Greenwich itself is a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to the Prime Meridian Line, Royal Observatory, and the Cutty Sark ship. In 2012, the borough was named as the first new Royal Borough for more than 80 years. We are looking to recruit social workers, who are registered with Social Work England, to join our stable and committed Children’s Services workforce. Discover more in our video below.

With excellent training and great benefits, Royal Greenwich is the ideal place to progress your social worker career. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • A senior leadership team who take time to know front-line staff, listen to their views and celebrate excellent work.

  • Small teams allowing more direct support and supervision time from your Team Leader

  • An innovative and aspirational Practice Academy dedicated to providing creative learning solutions and a comprehensive offer to support you to achieve your career ambitions including bursaries to undertake systemic training

  • Access to Research in Practice website, training and resources and new initiatives

  • Rota Days equating (FTE) to an additional 10 days off per year

  • Travel costs worth £1k+, OR essential car user car parking (close to the workplace).

  • Royal Greenwich Keyworker housing (after being employed for six months, subject to application and meeting criteria).

  • Excellent pension scheme (LGPS).

  • Cycle to Work Scheme.

  • Childcare vouchers.

  • Greenwich One Card gives you access to a wide range of discounts on products and services at participating local businesses, shops, cafes and restaurants. Discounted gym membership.

  • Opportunities to join cross-sectional staff Task and Finish groups to improve practice and procedures.

  • We have an ongoing commitment to supporting staff and ensuring equality and diversity in the workplace.

  • Staff networks and forums to support and encourage networking between staff with shared interests.

Make a difference to our children’s futures, your future and ours.