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About The Role

To recruit, train, assess, supervise and support Foster Carers in their role of looking after children and young people. To ensure the highest professional standards and a good overall knowledge of relevant children’s and fostering legislation, regulations and practice methods.
Key Responsibilities To provide a supportive and efficient  service to children, young people, their families and fostering families ensuring that the needs of children and their parents and carers are professionally assessed.

To investigate, evaluate and analyse information on cases, demonstrating clarity of assessment, reliability of information, evidence in conclusions and realistic action plans. 

To develop practice which takes a holistic view of the individual, locating them in their immediate and extended social circles and having full regard to their overall development needs.

To ensure that all casework and foster care services comply with statutory requirements, fostering regulations/Nat minimum standards and the Council’s policies and procedures.

To ensure that investigations, enquiries and assessments are completed to high professional standards within agreed timescales.

To use ICT as required to maintain adequate case recording as directed in the service procedures.

To ensure that all case management complies with statutory requirements and the Council’s policies and procedures.
To liaise with and work in partnership with other agencies and organisations, to support care plans of children in placement and the work of foster carers.

To undertake the recruitment, assessment, training and the initial and ongoing development of foster carers, enabling the service to meet the diverse needs of children in Southend Borough Council

To participate in an effective referral and allocation system, ensuring that relevant documentation is available and current for children looked after by foster carers. To ensure children are placed in conjunction with Fostering regulations, national minimum fostering standards and Southend Councils policy and procedures.

To attend panels, conferences, reviews and court as required for each case presenting the Council plans and opinions with professionalism and integrity. 

To prepare and submit written reports as and when required.

To identify service enhancements and support the culture of continuous improvement.

To recommend expenditure within strict criteria and policy.

To represent the team, group or department on working parties and at other meetings as required.

To ensure the Team Manager is kept fully appraised of problems arising from workload and seek advice as and when necessary.

To provide statistics relating to own workload as and when required.

To be familiar with Equal Opportunities good practice and the Council requirements for Diversity and to implement this in all aspects of working practice and promote it in the team and workplace.

About You

Knowledge of child protection
Knowledge of issues affecting children looked after
Knowledge of methods of social work intervention
Knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations
Knowledge & understanding of the Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families  
Knowledge of attachment theory in social work applications
Awareness of welfare rights
Understanding of issues of loss/bereavement

Experience of multi-disciplinary working
Experience of working with  foster carers 
Practice experience and ability to apply assessment skills within a statutory social work setting
Skills in assessment of carers
Ability to provide support and guidance to carers

About Us

The council is a unitary authority based in the heart of the town centre offering traditional seaside living that makes it a great place to live and work. This diverse and busy town has great public parks and leisure activities, competitive house pricing and excellent travel links, accessible via 2 train lines form Liverpool St and Fenchurch Street.
When joining the council, you can enjoy a range of benefits including: flexible working, salary car sacrifice scheme and excellent training and development opportunities. They are committed to ensuring that you are supported in this varied and challenging role with the appropriate level of training.
If you are interested in this role, please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV

All applicants for this role will require an enhanced DBS check
Along with a competitive salary there is a bonus of £7'500 upon three years and one day of continuous service, coupled with an above inflation yearly enhancement* every April moving up two pay grades within your respective pay band.

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