Practice Supervisor – Fostering

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Somerset, UK
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • May 29, 2022
  • £34,728 to £38,890 pr

Practice Supervisor – Fostering

Somerset County Council has exciting opportunities for Practice Supervisors to join our Fostering teams across Somerset.

Why this role?

Security and permanence are our passion for those children and young people that need it the most. Working in Fostering you will have the opportunity to support profound changes to a child’s life and to build long term relationships to see them through their journey.

We place children and young people at the heart of what we do, and you will work with their families, carers, and other professionals to achieve positive outcomes for their education, health, social and emotional wellbeing.

What our young people say they want is ‘A good social worker is someone you can build a strong relationship with. And they are always there to listen, even when it is difficult to do so’. ‘Compassion, Care and Consistency’ are important to them.

Our teams are based across Somerset in Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Shepton Mallet; however, we are open to flexible working options.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

The key purpose of the role is to drive service delivery that improves the lives of children in Somerset in a designated area within the fostering service.

We are looking for practice supervisors in a variety of service areas, such as fostering assessment; support and supervision; FA&ST (parent(s) and child(ren); and specialist services.

This is an exciting time to join the fostering service, and practice supervisors assist with building upon our good practice and are fundamental to developing the service further. The fostering service is seen as integral to delivering excellent services to children, and part of a whole systems approach in helping children and young people thrive and have positive and fulfilled lives.

As a Practice Supervisor you will supervise a small team of social workers and support staff, within a designated service area, and hold and manage cases of more complex nature. You will use your skills, knowledge, and experience to promote and lead on good practice, service delivery and quality assurance. You will oversee your area of service in respect of action planning and reaching targets: overall achieving positive outcomes for children.

You will be able to work with an increased level of autonomy and decision making; support less experienced colleagues with practice meetings and chair meetings as appropriate to support good outcomes for the children and young people in our care.

A few things about you

You will be passionate about relationship-based social work, proud of your profession, and able to reflect and think creatively about how you can build and promote relationships to make a difference to children and families.

You will need to be a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England and have substantial experience working with children and families in social work.

The ability to travel is necessary to carry out the role therefore access to / use of a vehicle is an essential requirement.

Additional information

The salary range for this role is £34,728 to £38,890 per annum – pro rata

We’re supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. We’re using risk assessments and where needed, PPE to protect our social workers. Good technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.

We’d love to hear from you if you think this could be the role for you, so for an informal chat about our jobs in Fostering please contact:  Matthew Randles on 07855282719

We anticipate offering and conducting interviews ahead of the closing date for suitable candidates.

All interviews will be taking place virtually, for example via Microsoft Teams

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of children, young people, and their families in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities to guide you to be the innovative and creative social worker you want to be. With a stable senior leadership team and permanent Team Managers you’ll be well supported with regular reflective supervision.

What we can offer you…

  • Generous annual leave and flexible working options
  • Local Government pension scheme
  • Optional pension enhancement through our additional voluntary contribution scheme
  • Employee assistance and support offering a variety of wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle
  • For Black and Ethnic Minority employees there is an active network group for support and influencing the practice of the council.
  • A flexible benefits platform including cycle to work and health screening schemes
  • ‘My staff shop’ which offers excellent discounts at a variety of retailers including; cinemas, restaurants, clothing stores and insurance providers
  • Gym discounts
  • Discounted lease car options via salary sacrifice, along with discounts on fuel
  • Generous relocation allowance

DBS information

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.

Tagged as: Flexible working

Job Overview
  • Hours Per Week
    Up to 37
  • Salary
    £34,728 to £38,890 pr
  • Job Category
    Public Sector / Local Gov't
  • Disability Confident
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