23rd Apr, 2023
Job description

An exciting employment opportunity has arisen within the Fostering Service for a social worker who is a great relationship builder and passionate about resilient family networks for our children and young people.

We are excited to be implementing the highly acclaimed Mockingbird Model, based on the premise that it 'takes a village to raise a child'. The Fostering Social Worker (Mockingbird)  role is key to embedding this model to our service.  Our first Mockingbird constellation is well established, and we are currently developing our second constellation.

You will be responsible for supporting our first constellation as well as taking the lead role in the establishment and ongoing support of our second. You will work closely with the project lead, team manager and fostering network coach for Mockingbird, and be a key member of the multi-disciplinary Implementation Working Group. You will be well organised and have the skills to put the Mockingbird family model into practice, providing performance and monitoring information to measure the success of the project, ensuring fidelity with fostering network guidelines.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working with foster carers, is able to work under their own initiative as well as part of a collaborative team.

The Fostering Social Worker (Mockingbird) will work with key partners to develop a shared understanding of and commitment to the Mockingbird Model. The role will have a lead responsibility to recruit Foster Carers to the constellation, and work with families in the constellation to create an extended family community for children and young people. They will provide effective communication about the offer and work of the Mockingbird Constellation and ensure that the Fostering and social work teams work effectively with the constellation and Hub Carer.

The post requires flexibility as it includes evening and weekend working.

The post holder will work to the Fostering Manager and will support the wider work of the Fostering Service.

This post is fixed term until 28 February 2024

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