Social Worker - Kinship Care
Closing in 12 days (27 May, 2021)
A bit about us
We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified social worker to join the dedicated county wide Kinship Team in Somerset, based in Mendip.
This post will hold a focus on assessing Connected Person Foster Carers and Special Guardians, in addition to a small caseload of supporting Special Guardians who you have assessed and who have been granted a Special Guardianship Order. There may be a requirement to provide support and supervision to Connected Person Foster carers who you have assessed as they wait for the court to grant a Special Guardianship Order.
The work can often offer complexities that require a curious position to complete holistic and child-centred assessments, you will have excellent assessment skills and the ability to engage with children and their families effectively. We hold a focus on wellbeing and safety of the child and work hard to ensure that every effort is made for children to live with family members or connected people when they are unable to live with parents.
We are looking for social workers who will be responsible for carrying out robust kinship assessments, preparing and presenting reports to the courts and fostering panel, as well as equipping families to be able to manage the complex needs of the children they hope to care for.
It will be beneficial to hold an understanding of how developmental trauma affects children, what attuned care they require from the adults asking to be assessed and what support could be offered to support the care of the children.
With a remit spanning the assessment and support of Connected Persons and Special Guardians, undertaking duty tasks such as assessing support needs for Special Guardians, Reg 24 assessment visits and responding sensitively and professionally to calls from Special Guardians and family members, you will be guaranteed different challenges every day.
Is kinship care better for children?
There are clear benefits to children if they're kept within their family network. Research shows that children in kinship care benefit from increased home stability compared to children in local authority care and usually maintain family relationships. Even so, many children who go to live with kinship carers have had a very difficult start in life, and their behaviour is often greatly affected by past experiences.
Here's what you can expect to be doing
Family and friends care is a complex and unique area of work which requires knowledge, skills, understanding and commitment in relation to both the assessment of carers and the children and family’s support needs following their being assessed.
Special Guardian assessments are usually completed within 12 weeks. You will be skilled in quickly establishing a working relationship with applicants and ensure all checks are completed and discussed with applicants as required to inform your recommendation.
You will work closely with the children’s social worker to understand the needs of the children and assess the applicant’s ability to meet these needs. Support plans will be completed that address any gaps, that are realistic in terms of expectations for carers and in what Somerset can offer.
Carers may be temporarily approved as Foster carers, so you may undertake a Reg 24 assessment with the children’s social worker, complete a full Connected Person fostering assessment and present this to foster panel, either as a stand-alone assessment or in addition to the Special Guardianship assessment.
We offer support for 12 weeks to all approved Special Guardians from their assessing social worker once the Special Guardianship Order has been granted. We offer this to help the children, family and wider system get used to living under a Special Guardianship Order and consider the assessing social worker to be placed to support this transition.
You would be joining a stable and supportive Resources service who are very committed to improving outcomes for children and the continued improvement journey of Somerset County Council Children’s Services.
A few things about you
Be educated to degree level in a recognised Social Care qualification and registered as a Social Worker with Social Work England
Have the ability to undertake complex assessments of kinship carers suitability to care for specific children, within prescribed timescales
Understand and undertake assessment of carers and children’s support needs
Commission appropriate support services and where appropriate deliver direct support to children and their carers.
The salary range for this role is £30,451 to £34,728 per annum
As this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.
For more information or an informal discussion about this post please email:
Richard Scott on RScott@somerset.gov.uk or call on 07970 108174.
All interviews will be taking place virtually over Microsoft Teams.
Why choose Somerset County Council
We offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees, including:
- A Local Government Pension Scheme.
- Discounted lease car via salary sacrifice scheme and options for discounts on petrol or diesel.
- My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and so forth.
- A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screening.
- Generous annual leave and flexible working arrangements.
- Staff discounts in gyms.
- Employee Assistance and support offering a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle.
- Optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.Apply now
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