Social Worker - Fostering

Location Kingston upon Hull
Salary £31 - £33 per hour
1. To promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people including the children of foster carers.
2. Contributes to the overarching strategy in Hull Children’s Social Care Services, to ensure that the Fostering Service actively plans for safety, permanency and stability for children and young people to actively support children to live at home or in alternative care as appropriate.
3. Works in partnership with colleagues, children, parents and carers, ensuring that child-centred practice is the principal standard and framework for all work undertaken with foster carers, children, young people and families.
4. Engages in reflective and constructive challenge within the course of working with colleagues, other agencies and with children, young people and families.
5. Recruits, assesses and supports foster carers and people with permanent orders for children. Ensures that Service procedures and relevant legislation are adhered to during the assessment and support of carers including the development, facilitation and implementation of training for prospective and approved foster carers, and for post order carers.
6. Undertakes placement finding, matching and allocation of foster carers to best meet the needs of children requiring fostering, supported lodgings and other placements.
7. Undertakes specific pieces of direct work with carers, children, young people and families both individually and co-working with colleagues. Supervises and manages carers in accordance with statutory regulations, NMS and service procedures.
8. Actively engages in team activities to ensure focused and purposeful social work is undertaken with all cases so that the fostering service and the carers work to achieve positive outcomes for children, in line with relevant plans for each child.
9. Ensures that case recording, assessments, supervision, plans and reviews are up to date, accurate and reflects the child’s and carer’s journey, and complaint with Hull’s Social Work Practice Standards and Fostering Regulations/ other legislation.
10. Works alongside colleagues in relation to decision-making on complex/high risk cases, and co-ordinates services to ensure appropriate matching so as to safeguard the well-being of children.
11. Prepares for and attends relevant decision-making meetings and panels on specific cases where required e.g. Foster Panel/ Fostering Reviews/ CLA Reviews/ Professional and Strategy meetings.
12. Provides professional supervision to foster carers and their household members in accordance with Fostering NMS and Regulations.
13. Actively engages in personal and professional development and continuous learning as required for professional registration and high quality delivery of services.

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