Social Worker Level 2 - Fostering (Social and Healthcare Qualified

Location Central Bedfordshire
Salary £26.00 - £28.50 per hour
In Children’s Services, we are determined to safeguard and protect vulnerable children. Our Fostering teamwork with foster carers to bring children up safely and help them achieve their potential. It is all about creating better outcomes and a bright new generation for our community. Helping children to thrive by supporting foster carers, and you could find your greatness.


Being a Fostering Social Worker is an important and rewarding role. You will be part of a dedicated team with an excellent record of recruiting and supporting foster carers. You will make sure that each Foster Carer understands their role and responsibilities throughout the assessment and the rewards and challenges that they can face.  When completing assessments, you will work closely with the applicants to assess their strengths and vulnerabilities as foster carers, assessing the care they can provide to children in order for them to achieve their best outcomes.  As a team of assessment social workers we undertake the initial process of recruiting and assessing potential family members and potential foster carers. This role includes undertaking initial visits, reg 24’s, Special Guardianship Assessments, friends and family foster assessments, and Form F assessment. Following the Covid pandemic our practice has transitioned into a mixed approach of both virtual TEAMS meetings, and face to face social distanced visits. The team delivers Skills to Foster pre-approval training via a virtual live classroom at the present time, and ensures carers are prepared for panel. The members of this team work closely with child care social workers and supervising social workers when undertaking assessments, and when handing over newly approved foster carers.


Experience of using a wide range of social work techniques with children and families will also be of benefit. Your technical talents should come with a calm, organised approach. You will be supporting others in a crisis and using your initiative to solve issues. You will also have the communication skills to present high quality reports to panels and work with other agencies. You will also need sound IT skills too and be a capable professional.


It is essential that you are a qualified Social Worker who is Social Work England registered. You will know about statutory social work practice and completing complex assessments and ideally have experience of working a Fostering Agency.


Join us, and take advantage of a generous rewards package plus the chance to learn, train and progress. You can also expect a manageable and varied caseload. Find your greatness by helping children excel with the help of Foster Carers.


Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.