0800 035 6499
  • 22nd June 2021
  • Ongoing
  • West Country

About This Job

Job Title: Support Worker

Location: Bristol, West Country

Salary: up to £21,000 pro rata

Working Pattern: Part Time, 10 hours per week over 2 days. These hours will be at the end of a school day, so flexibility is required.


Blue Sky Fostering has an exciting opportunity for a Support Worker/Carer to join the team in the West Country area. This is a part time position with hours to be spread out across the week, at the end of a school day, over 2 days. You must be willing to travel to placements in and around the West Country but at the current time the need for these specific hours is in Taunton.


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 dedicated and dependable individual, with relevant experience of working with children and young people or related care work with adults, to join the team as a Support Worker in the West Country area, working in conjunction with our hub in Bristol.

We are looking for someone to assist our social workers and foster carers in delivering high quality care to children and young people with disabilities and associated additional needs.

As a Support Worker, you will be there to provide one to one support to young people. 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.

At the current time, this role is specifically focussed on working with two siblings within their foster home.  The 10 hours per week includes time to travel and to write up sessions alongside spending quality time with the children.  These two young people have complex health needs and global delays and communication difficulties. The Support Worker will need to use hoists and manual handles to support the young people.   Blue Sky will provide training for this.

The successful candidate will be expected to build and maintain positive relationships with the young people and help develop their communication skills. You will be required to follow safe care plans and risk assessments for the young people to ensure the young person’s care and development needs are met.

As a Support Worker, you will also be responsible for providing both practical and physical support to foster carers. This includes working alongside the team around the child in supporting the complex needs of the young person as well as supporting the carers in managing the challenging behaviours the young people present.  These children live in the Taunton area but travel could be required to other areas in the future.



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 West Country area.


What we’re looking for

To apply for this position, it is essential you:

  • Hold a full UK Driving Licence and have a vehicle
  • Are willing to undertake an enhanced DBS
  • Have experience in working with children and young people, including managing challenging behaviour and/or experience in working within the care sector with adults with relevant transferrable skills
  • Have a good understanding and awareness of child protection issues
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing with a wide audience
  • Are willing to travel as and when required to a range of appointments
  • Are willing to work flexible hours, including non-office hours, in order to meet the needs of supporting young people socially outside of school hours
  • 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
  • Optional Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave/Shared Parental Leave


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.