Social Work

Advanced Practitioner

Newton Aycliffe


Location:Newton Aycliffe

Salary:Up to £38,000 (D.O.E)

Hours: 37.5 Per week

Are you passionate about making a positive and lasting difference to children and young people and do you want to work for a progressive independent fostering agency with ambitious plans for the future?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and engaging Advanced Practitioner, looking for a new challenge, to join our experienced and successful team that is reflective and creative in practice. Working collaboratively with all stakeholders, you will strive to ensure that the children and young people in our care reach their full potential.

You will be required to travel for the role to support your foster carers across Newton Aycliffe which is variable, and possibly up to approximately an hour and a half each way.  You will work from home but will also be required to attend meetings nationally at other Compass offices.   A car and a valid driving licence are essential to the role.

We are looking for committed social care professionals with a sound knowledge of fostering legislation and practice issues who will be able to continue to deliver the same high standards of service. You will:

  • Recruit, support and develop the skills of our foster carers to ensure that we provide outstanding care and the best possible outcomes for our children and young people in our care.
  • Provide a comprehensive, flexible and high quality service to carers, children and young people in our care using legal, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions and to safeguard and protect against harm.
  • Provide line management and professional supervision and performance appraisals for a small number of social care staff /students whilst managing a reduced caseload.
  • Support the organisation in ensuring that the service is run in line with Compass Fostering Policy and legislation, regulations and standards, together with the Inspecting Body.
  • Work with the Operations Manager to support complex cases, practice development through coaching and mentoring, providing advice and guidance and respond to safeguarding issues and supporting placements.
  • Lead on identified projects and service developments.
  • Have a relevant professional qualification in social work and be Social Care England (or equivalent) registered and have substantial experience of foster care practice including the assessment of potential foster carers.
  • Have a good knowledge of fostering regulations, child care law and safeguarding issues is essential, as is the ability to make objective professional assessments of children or young people.
  • Be a strong team player and be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Understand and contribute to the growth and continued development of the Fostering service.

We are looking for passionate applicants who share our vision.  In return for this, we offer a competitive salary, contributory pension scheme, and access to Perkbox engagement platform and employee assistance programme, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and an additional a day off for your birthday! We also provide a number of opportunities for career development.

The Compass Community values equality and diversity across our workforce and aims to ensure our staff community is reflective of the diversity of the children and young people within our care. In support of this commitment we welcome applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

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