Hull Fostering Service are seeking a permanent Fostering Social Worker to work in our Assessment Team. The post holder will be required to undertake robust assessments and support of mainstream foster carers, connected persons foster carers and undertake viability assessments. They will also be involved in recruitment activity, undertake initial visits, and prepare and present information to foster panel and in the court arena.

Application deadline 5th December 2021
Job reference HUL/21/0802
Job location Kingston Upon Hull
Hours per-week 37
Salary £25,991 to £35,745

This post is key in ensuring high quality assessments to enable excellent matching for children with the right foster carers. The post is fast paced and involves working to timescales and undertaking direct work with children and families.

We are seeking candidates who have an excellent knowledge of Fostering National Minimum Standards, Regulations and guidance, the development needs of children, attachment/trauma and therapeutic parenting, and care/ permanence planning. You should have experience of working with foster carers and children and young people who are looked after, and of ensuring that children’s voices inform and influence your practice. You will have high standards for yourself, evidenced through maintenance of your own professional development and will be able to use professional curiosity, support and challenge with foster carers, and other professionals to achieve good outcomes for children. Your recording skills should be of a high standard.

The post will provide and support the delivery of high-quality social work activities within the Hull Social Care Practice Model and will work within the Fostering Service with the aim of achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people in need and their families by the provision of the good family-based placements.

At Hull City Council we are committed to our children and young people and we are passionate about how we deliver services to them. That’s why we are developing and nurturing a culture that puts our children and young people at the heart of everything we do – by empowering our workforce to work together to find solutions, to be open, honest, and respectful, to take responsibility and listen and learn from others.

If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you. Hull is a changing local authority and it’s a fantastic time to join us and be a key player in supporting our journey.

We have opportunities for social workers to join Hull and there has never been a better time than right now, if successful you will join a welcoming service where expectations are high, and where you will receive excellent support and supervision in the role. We are investing in safeguarding services in order to drive service improvement and achieve better outcomes for the children and families in Hull. We want passionate and experienced staff to join us on our improvement journey.

About you:

We require all social workers to have:

A degree or diploma in Social Work, full Social Work England registration and a proven ability to work in partnership with children, young people, parents, carers and partners;
A strong child-centred value base that informs the work with children, young people and families;
A relentless commitment to quality and a child’s lived experience – and be able to talk about what good practice ‘looks like’ for children, young people and families;
Excellent interpersonal skills to engage and motivate children, young people and their families;
Effective assessment,analysis, and planning skills
Why it’s great to work for Hull City Council:

Relocation Allowance for newly appointed staff moving from outside the area
Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
Free Parking on most sites (City Centre sites – reduced price parking passes)
Laptops and mobile phones for all social workers
Generous annual leave allowance
Cycle to Work and car schemes
Pool Car availability
Supportive and forward-thinking culture
Great career development opportunities

We understand that you may have questions or want to speak to someone who already works here to find out more about Hull. Please feel free to contact Vikki Smith, Fostering Assessment Team Manager on 07922 420295 to discuss the current opportunities in more detail.

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