About This Job
Social Work Assistant | Temporary (Maternity Cover) | Full time | 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:
The role of the Social Work Assistant is to work with both foster carers and young people within the local hub. Social Work Assistants provide vital assistance to the social workers, carers and young people and complete a variety of work.
The Social Work Assistant will be required to support the social workers where required, providing visits to carers to offer support and supervising children at Blue Sky social events.
They will liaise with the Blue Sky Participation Manager and assist in collating children’s feedback or their engagement in participation projects, such as the children’s newsletter. They will also undertake direct work with children and young people as directed by their Line Manager.
- Work closely with the Supervising Social Worker to supervise and support the carers and foster placement.
- Ensure statutory tasks are undertaken within timescale, such as unannounced visits to carers, health and safety assessments.
- Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the Line Manager or SSW – such as targeted sessions on behavioural issues, promoting hobby, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
- As directed by the Line Manager conduct regular visits and telephone contact with Foster Carers and 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 statutory LAC documents.
- Establish objectives, plan and deliver a range of support services which promote longevity and stability levels within placements.
- Plan, facilitate and implement group activities for Foster Carers, children and young people, and birth children, to promote the values of the agency.
- Communicate a positive regard for the young person in order to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
- Identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
- Enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
- 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 / Line Manager.
- Encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
- Contribute to the production and publication of monthly written reports on each child placed.
- Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.
- To support the work of other members of the social work 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, including occasional call out to provide support to the team management of crises.
- To attend clinical team meetings as required.
- 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 and Experience:
- Experience of working with children and young people in a range of settings including managing challenging behaviour.
- Awareness of Child Protection issues.
- 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.
- Experience in working with IT systems.
- 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 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.
Closing Date: 11/12/2020