Private Fostering Social Worker

Capita Managed Services
Chelmsford, Essex
15 Jun 2017
15 Jul 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Social Worker - Private Fostering Team


Salary from £27,500 to £35,000 on appointment with progression to £40,750 + benefits

Permanent, full time contract

Newly Qualified Social Workers can be considered for this role

The Role

Family Operations delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable children, young people who are living within private fostering arrangements. This service will be delivered against specifications set by the People Commissioning function in line with the County Council's overarching outcomes. The role reports directly to a Team Manager and will be a member of a small county wide team. The post holder is responsible for bringing the highest possible standards in Social Work practice, ability and skills, working in accordance with defined legal frameworks, Policy and Procedures.

This position will be covering countywide meaning that a large amount of travelling will be required. You will primarily be covering our Mid and West Essex locations.

Specific Duties

  • On receipt of the Private Fostering notification, the social worker should make arrangements for a visit to be done within 7 working days.

  • Private Fostering assessment to be conducted within 42 days and safeguard checks to be started.

  • Subsequent 6 and 12 weekly visits to be done to the Private foster carer/s and privately fostered child or young person.

  • To provide support and guidance to private foster carers through regular home visits and telephone contact, including at least one unannounced visit every year.

  • To monitor and review the care provided by private foster carers to privately fostered children/young people in their care, ensuring that they provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children and young people in their care and in accordance with the requirements of Private Fostering National Minimum Standards.

  • To ensure that where a Private Fostering Arrangement has continued for 1 year and over an Annual household reviews needs to b completed.

  • To keep in regular contact and keep the parent/s who continue to hold parental responsibility up to date with information.

  • To work within the National minimum Standards for Private Fostering 2005, Children (Private arrangements for Fostering ) Regulations 2005 and Children Act 1989 and 2004 section 44.

General duties

  • To work in partnership with professionals to ensure that children and young people have their assessed needs met.

  • Attend Child in Need or Child Protection meetings or reviews as required.

  • To participate in Private Fostering awareness raising to the public and professionals.

  • Attend private fostering team meetings monthly and other meetings such as team development and service development activities.

  • Attend supervision with the team manager once a month.

  • Complete private fostering assessments and other required paperwork within required timescales.

  • Ensure that written work is of a high standard and that reports are submitted in line with agreed time scales.

  • Work within all Essex County Council policies and procedures.

  • Ensure that Health and Safety is observed at all times

  • Undertake any other tasks deemed reasonable within the role of Private Fostering Social Worker.

What you'll need to join our Private Fostering Social Work team

To play a key part in safeguarding privately fostered children/young people, private fostering family and birth families. You'll need to be a DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. This will be backed up by post-qualification experience as a children's social worker. Open to change and ready to innovate, you will be keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the County of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

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