Job Title: Social Work Assistant
Location: Portslade, Sussex and Surrey
Salary: up to £21,000 per annum
Working Pattern: Temporary (12 month FTC), Full Time, 40 hours per week, 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday with weekend out of hours on a rota basis
Blue Sky Fostering has an exciting opportunity for a Social Work Assistant to join the team on a temporary basis for 12 months in the Sussex and Surrey area. This position is full time and holds a requirement to travel to placements and visits in and around Eastbourne and East Sussex.
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.
Blue Sky Fostering has a brilliant opportunity for a dedicated and dependable individual, with relevant experience of working with children and young people, to join the team as a Social Work Assistant in the Sussex and Surrey area, working in conjunction with our hub in Portslade.
We are looking for someone to assist our social workers and foster carers in delivering the Blue Sky + Therapeutically Led Care Service (TLC). The Social Work Assistant will be responsible for supporting the young person’s progress in the TLC Programme by engaging in direct, focussed work with them in the community, in leisure activities or at school.
As a Social Work Assistant, you will be there to provide one to one support to young people on the programme. You will be expected to build positive relationships with the child and help them to trust and feel safe with adults. You will also be expected to model acceptable behaviour, promote pro-social behaviour and practice problem solving skills.
The successful candidate will work closely with a Supervising Social Worker to offer support and provide vital assistance for a variety of tasks that contribute to ensuring children’s care and development needs are met. As directed, you will be responsible for planning, facilitating and delivering a range of support services. This includes implementing group activities for carers, children and young people, undertaking visits to placements, supervising children at Blue Sky social events and contributing to the production and publication of monthly written reports on each child placed.
For this role, willingness to travel and use of a car is essential as the successful applicant will be required to travel to a range of appointments across the Eastbourne and East Sussex area.
What we’re looking for
To apply for this position, it is essential you:
Why work for us?
Want to find out more?
If you would like more information regarding this role, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.