0800 035 6499
  • 17th February 2021
  • Ongoing
  • Hampshire

About This Job

Job Title: Senior Practitioner TLC

Location: Ringwood – to cover Dorset

Salary:  £29,000 – £36,000 per annum

Working Pattern: 40 hours per week, 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday with on call rota at evenings and weekends


Blue Sky Fostering has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Practitioner to join the team in the Dorset area. This position is based in Ringwood but holds a requirement to travel to placements and visits in and around Dorset.


Who are we?


BSN Social Care is the parent company of Blue Sky Fostering.


Blue Sky Fostering is an established Independent Fostering Agency, operating across the south of England, to provide foster placements to children and young people. We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ for four consecutive inspections since 2008.

We provide a number of different services including mainstream fostering for children aged 0-18 and Parent and Child Placements. We also have an established and well regarded Therapeutic Led Care (TLC) service where our team of experienced clinical practitioners work alongside specialist foster carers to provide therapeutic care to children to prevent them moving to residential care.

Our ethos is to provide the best service possible for children, and for all children placed with us to achieve their full potential. We work hard to ensure children experience love, care, nurture and stability with our carers.



The Role


Blue Sky Fostering has a brilliant opportunity for a knowledgeable and experienced Senior Practitioner to join the team in the Dorset area, working in conjunction with our hub in Ringwood.


We are looking for a dedicated and dependable individual with energy and drive to work closely with our therapeutically led care (TLC) service. This position holds a responsibility for managing a complex case load and developing a team of Foster Carers to enable them to provide high quality holistic care for children. You will work within a dedicated team to develop a clear understanding of the therapeutic models and way of working used within the TLC service in order to improve the outcomes and lives of looked after children.


As a Senior Practitioner, you will be responsible for the recruitment, assessment and approval of foster carers to ensure they meet the needs of the fostering service. Working closely with the placement team, you will be responsible for ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met within placements as well as undertake necessary placement management, planning and intervention to achieve and maintain the team’s occupancy rate.


As part of the Blue Sky + TLC programme, the Senior Practitioner will be required to undertake supervision, offer support and deliver training and development opportunities to Foster Carers. This includes supporting foster carers in understanding the developmental trauma needs of children and guiding them in how to care for children who present challenging behaviours.


The successful candidate will be required to provide support and supervision to the Social Work team as well as provide cover for other local Managers when requested.  This includes providing inductions to new staff, overseeing the quality of written reports and coordinating the activities of Individual Workers, Social Work Assistants and Student Social Workers as well as occasionally chairing staff team meetings and carrying out audits.





For this role, willingness to travel and use of a car is essential as the successful applicant will be required to support foster carers and visit placements across the Dorset area.


What we’re looking for


To apply for this position, it is essential you:


  • Hold a recognised Social Work qualification
  • Have a current Social Work England registration
  • Have a minimum 2 years post qualifying experience as a Social Worker
  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence and have a vehicle
  • Are willing to undertake an enhanced DBS
  • Have experience in children’s services and foster care delivery
  • Willing to participate in an out of hours telephone support system and undertake occasional out of hours/weekend work by attending events, meetings and training
  • Share a commitment to Equal Opportunities in all work practices and to improving the lives of Looked After Children.


Why work for us?


  • Generous Annual Leave – 28 days PLUS your Bank Holiday Entitlement
  • Annual Leave increase after 3 full years of service by 1 day – up until a max of 12 years
  • 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
  • Cycle to Work scheme


Want to find out more?


If you would like more information regarding this role, please contact recruitment@bsnsocialcare.co.uk and one of our Recruitment Advisors will be happy to discuss further.


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.