About This Job
Individual Worker | Full time | Working Hours: 10am – 7pm| Ringwood | £18,000 – £21,000
Blue Sky Fostering is an established Independent Fostering Agency, operating across the south of England. We provide a number of different services including mainstream fostering for children aged 0-18, Parent and Child Placements, and we also have a Specialist Fostering Service providing more intensive therapeutic foster placements to children and young people.
Outline of the Role:
Blue Sky + Therapeutically Led Care Service (TLC) provides therapeutic foster placements to children and young people across the South of England. The role of the Individual Worker with TLC is to support the young person’s progress in the TLC Programmes and foster placement through working with them in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, to provide one to one support to young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers.
In summary this post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults. Individual Workers will also be required to support the social workers where required, providing visits to carers to offer support and supervising children at Blue Sky social events.
- Work closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the carers and foster placement.
- Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the clinical team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobby, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
- Attend planning and review meetings.
- Deliver programmes of work across the business area, which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified within their Therapeutic Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
- Establish objectives, plan and deliver a range of support services which promote longevity and stability levels within placements.
- To be involved in the planning and facilitating of group activities including for Foster Carers, children and young people, and birth children, to promote the values of the agency.
- To provide one to one support to young people on the programme.
- To communicate a positive regard for the young person in order to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
- To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
- To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
- To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / managers.
- To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
- Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.
- To support the work of other members of the TLC clinical team.
- To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
- To work flexible hours including non-office hours in order to meet the needs of supporting young people socially outside of school hours
- To observe and provide information to the clinical team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
- To attend clinical team meetings as required (once per fortnight)
- To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
- To work with members of the clinical team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
Knowledge & Experience:
- Experience of working with children and young people in a range of settings, including managing challenging behaviour.
- Ability to manage and support foster carers.
- Demonstrable customer service skills.
- Good organisational skills.
- Ability to work as part of a team.
- Ability to work with a degree of autonomy.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.
- Ability to communicate with a wide audience; children, foster carers, social work colleagues and commissioning managers.
- Current driving licence and daily use of a car.
- Ability to travel as required to a range of appointments.
- Prepared to undertake any training as required for the position.
- A commitment to Equal Opportunities in all work practices and a commitment to improving the lives of Looked After Children.
Why work for us?
- Generous Annual Leave – 28 days PLUS your Bank Holiday Entitlement
- Birthday Leave – a paid day off for your birthday
- Good Health Days – no sickness in a 6 month period and get an additional day off!
- Refer A Friend Scheme with a monetary incentive
- Comprehensive Employee Assistance Platform that provides access to advice and support 24/7
- Auto Enrolment Pension
- Learning & Development Opportunities
- Optional Private Healthcare Scheme
- Eyecare Vouchers
Everyone is welcome…
Diversity and inclusion are the principles for how we build our teams and Blue Sky Fostering strives to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are valued and celebrated. We want a workforce which represents the communities we serve and work, to ensure no applicant or employee is treated unfairly on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, religion or identity. We recognise and value the individual differences and contributions of all employees and believe that by working together we can achieve equality for all.