Supervising Social Worker

Recruiterlink Limited
South East London
£30,000 - £39,999
29 Aug 2019
04 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Supervising social Worker
£32,000 - £34,000
FULL TIME : 37.5 HRS p.w (work remotely)

The Supervising Social Worker will manage a caseload of 10-14 foster carers, provide a high quality service and support to service users, proactively manage the referrals and placements and partake in the recruitment of new carers.

  • Monthly supervising social worker visits to the Foster Carer, ensuring that the supervision is recorded, and reports are completed within 5 working days with copies sent to the child's social worker and Foster Carer as applicable
  • Weekly telephone support to Foster Carers, with recording completed within 24 hours and noting all matters on files
  • Regular telephone updates and communication with the relevant external professionals, recording and noting all matters on files
  • To support the Out of Hours service by partaking in the rota for covering this service.
  • To partake in the duty-day rota at the office to ensure that carers and external professionals receive a good quality service
  • To cover referrals and ensure that placements are made in a timely and professional manner
  • To work with colleagues on the appropriate placement and/or movement of children with Foster Carers
  • To work with colleagues on the placement arrangements for young people moving on, as agreed with the Local Authority social worker or in line with the care plan
  • To complete professional assessment reports (BAAF Form F1) on applicants applying for approval as Foster Carers with the agency
  • To take part in foster care recruitment and marketing activity
  • To complete annual review assessment reports on Foster Carers
  • To attend the organisation's fostering panel, ensuring that all assessments and reviews have been appropriately completed
  • To deliver training and facilitate monthly Support Group Meeting's to and with Foster Carers
  • To prepare and support carers and children when attending court
  • To attend and record court case conferences, planning meetings and reviews as the professional representative of the agency
  • To ensure statutory and legal requirements are met
  • Full compliance with organisational policies and procedures
  • To ensure management is proactively updated on all matters relating to practice, compliance and outcomes
  • To participate in regular supervision sessions and annual appraisals
  • To ensure an efficient, effective and proactive approach to service provision
  • To manage the mentoring and therapeutic service for the young person and ensure that the service runs smoothly and efficiently
  • To positively promote the agency in all contacts, both internally and externally
  • To update the database to reflect all current practice matters on the foster carers and young persons.

Key Performance Indicators (KPI's)
  • Reports are up to date within 5 days of a visit/ meeting.
  • The content of the reports should comply to good practice and meet the agency's criteria.
  • Recordings are up to date within 24 hours of a phone-call/contact.
  • Supervisory social work visits are completed within the monthly time-frame, and is of a professional standard.
  • Significant matters are relayed within a timely manner to Management.
  • Ofsted notifications on significant incidents are completed within 24 hours of the incident and the relevant professionals are informed within 24 hours.
  • Positive attitude and participation in meetings, both internally and externally of the agency.
  • Files on foster carer and young persons, are of a high standard and up to date.
  • Referrals are completed in a professional manner, with prompt responses to external enquiries and confident negotiation of the placement requirements and fees.
  • Initial assessments are completed within the 5 day time-scale and reports are of a high standard, with clear recommendations regarding the applicants' application to foster.
  • Assessments to be completed within the given time-scales.
  • Annual Review Reports to be completed to a high standard and within the set time-scales.
  • Concerns regarding carers' performance/ conduct to be raised and addressed; managing Concerns reports to be completed for panel.

Essential Requirements:

  • Must have a DipSW or equivilent qualification
  • Must have 2 years social work experience within a Fostering environment
  • Ability to understand and respond ro clients/ customers needs
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with both clients and customers
  • Able to keep up to date with Legislations and curren Child care best practice
  • Good knowledge of how to use computers, ATS to view applications and Microsoft Office to view emails (Computer Literate)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Common sense, sensitivity and empathy from people of ALL backgrounds
  • Ability to work without close supervision
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Ableto prioritise workload and to meet deadlines
  • Able to maintain professional boundaries and balance within ALL relationships
  • Must be friendly and approcachable as well as calm and confident

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