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Fostering Social Worker

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Work Location
Devon and Cornwall - travel will be required and some flexible home working 
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Occupational group
Social Care & Health
Salary details
Circa £32,300 per annum
Job term
Appointment type
Full Time
37 hours per week
Closing Date
03 May 2019
Interview date
16 May 2019 (in Exeter)
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How we work:
Today, 1 in 4 children in the UK live in poverty. 1 in 20 children suffer neglect or abuse. And too many children are disadvantaged because of disability. Action for Children does what's right, does what's needed and does what works for children in the UK. Every year, our team changes the lives of 370,000 children, young people and families.

The role:
We seek a motivated Fostering Social Worker with the ability to apply and work to our child centred values, in a challenging but rewarding fostering service judged Outstanding by Ofsted (2018), based at our Exeter office, covering the South West Peninsula.
As the Fostering Social Worker, you will train and support Foster Carers to provide stable family homes to young people who have survived trauma, so a therapeutic approach is a vital part of our work. You will also work imaginatively and energetically with professionals in schools, local authorities and others to ensure children's voices are heard and their best possible outcomes achieved. You will do this by:
- Supporting carers with the daily and hourly challenges and rewards of caring for troubled young people and children;
- Delivering excellent, evidence-informed and therapeutic practice as a member of a skilled and motivated team;
- Participating in a culture of learning and continuing professional development for carers and staff.

What you'll need:
- A social work qualification;
- HCPC registration;
- Knowledge and experience of fostering or strong transferable skills;
- Commitment to our child centred values;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Knowledge of (or willingness to learn) therapeutic approaches to care;
- Willingness to work flexibly, including participation in an out-of-hours telephone support rota for carers;
- Ability to complete work to timescales;
- Strong teamwork;
- Ability to offer some evening and weekend work (e.g. information events or training);
- Current driving license and access to a vehicle.

How we reward you:
In return, we'll offer you:
- Competitive salary;
- Benefits package;
- Paid holiday allowance - minimum 29 days plus public/bank holidays;
- A contribution scheme that matches a maximum of 7% employee and 7% employer contributions which includes a death in service benefit;
- Support in welcoming new additions to your family - flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages;
- Ongoing continuous professional development;
- Participation in a motivated, therapeutically-led service.
You may be required to join the DBS update service as part of your role. This will be discussed with you at your interview if necessary and incurred costs of doing this will be picked up by us.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users, therefore all applicants are expected to have an understanding of, and commitment to, safeguarding best-practice.
Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

Want to join our team and really make a difference? Then please contact Josh on 07834 908806 or josh.boland@actionforchildren.org.uk (quote reference 1766) for more information.


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