MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE:
In this role you will support the organisation in ensuring that the service is run in line with the Government Legislation, Regulations and Standards, together with the Inspecting Body. You will represent Compass Fostering Vision and Values, whilst developing and providing a comprehensive and flexible social work service to all stakeholders.
- Recruit, support and develop foster carers
- To deliver a quality service to carers, children and young people in our care
- Contribute to the growth & development of the business
- Lead on identified projects and service developments
SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION OF FOSTER CARERS
- Recruit, assess, and monitor the continued suitability and competence of Foster Carers ensuring they provide a safe, healthy, nurturing and learning environment for children/young people
- Ensure that carers fully understand the fostering task, competencies to be achieved and the standards expected, including complaints and representation procedures as detailed in the Agency’s Fostering’s policies and procedures
- Support Foster Carers to evidence their competence against the Training Standards and complete the workbook within specified timescales, assess evidence provided and sign off each standard where sufficient evidence has been provided
- Provide and record regular supervision to allocated foster carers in line with the agency’s operational standards and undertake such additional support visits/telephone contact with foster carers as required taking into account all family members needs
- Contribute to Foster Carer Annual Reviews, within required timescales, providing written evidence of competence. Presenting Annual Review Reports to Review Fostering Panel as required.
- Social Workers should ensure that all of their Carers have an accurate and up to date Foster Care Agreement that meets regulatory requirements.
- Identify learning and development needs of Foster Carers, Record in a development plan and recommend actions required
- Undertake initial visits and Carer assessments as part of your caseload as required by the business
- Attend meetings to support Foster Carers, children and young people (all professional meetings relevant to any above parties)
- Support Foster Carers in achieving and working within children’s care plans including moving on into independence
- Assist in the delivery of training for Foster Carers including ‘Skills to Foster’.
- Ensure Foster Carers are aware of wider support systems available e.g. Fostering Network and FosterTalk.
- Out of Hours duty system on a rota basis.
- Ensure each child has an accurate and up to date Care Plan on file and that Carers have a copy available for reference
- Represent the agency/support colleagues in attendance at safeguarding meetings as required
- Work in partnership with the relevant authority to ensure that the child and young person’s needs as identified in the Care Plan and placement agreement are met
- Ensure each child has a placement agreement on file and that Carers have a copy available for reference if appropriate
- Ensure that comprehensive case recordings are completed and maintained within policy timeframes
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of Safeguarding procedures and attend safeguarding training as offered by the organisation
- Participate in negotiations between the agency and Local Authorities to ensure that each child or young person placed is carefully matched with a Foster Carer capable of meeting their needs
- Complete paperwork and procedures in relation to significant Incidents and Notifiable Events within company timescales
- Ensure the necessary Risk Assessments are completed in line with the Agency’s policies and procedures
- Ensure compliance with the Health and Care Professionals Council to retain job title and registration
- Attend social and consultation activities relating to the support of children, young people and Foster Carers
- In consultation with line manager, ensure that learning and professional development needs are met.
- Ensure that all Foster Carers and adult household members have an up to date DBS/medical/health & safety home check
- Undertake regular visits to children and young people placed in our care in line with company policy
SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION OF STAFF
- Provide professional supervision including annual appraisal (if applicable) to an agreed number of social workers, support workers and students, in accordance with the agency needs
- Undertake joint work with colleagues in the role of coach/mentor as a part of their learning and development
- Lead on specific development areas, e.g. complex cases, practice development, new initiatives as agreed with the Head of Fostering
- Deputise for the Operations Manager (as requested). This will include, providing advice and guidance, responding to safeguarding issues and supporting placements
- Provide a contribution to or compliance with the Regional Business plan for placement growth, recruitment and retention of carers
- Promote the benefits of the Compass Community in all stakeholder meetings, representing the organisation and range of services that we offer at all times
- Attend consultation forums/meetings with LA Commissioning teams to develop business opportunities
- To develop and maintain positive working relationships with all colleagues to support the development of the region
- Take responsibility for administration in relation to the social work task to include file administration, typing of all communication, reports and case recordings
- To take overall responsibility for the foster care and children’s file, ensuring relevant and accurate information is recorded in a timely manner.
- To meet with the team administrator on a face to face basis in line with agency QA/Auditing policy timeframes
- Undertake personal responsibility to ensure you are trained and competent with the company’s system and database.
- To undertake broadly similar duties commensurate with the level of the post as required by the manager even where the tasks are not specifically outlined in the job description
- To be an effective advocate for Compass, promoting a positive image to maintain our high standards and positive reputation
- To work within the provisions of the Data Protection Act, observing strict confidentiality in relation to all aspects of work undertaken.
- The post holder will be expected to competently use electronic systems effectively
- The post holder will be expected to undertake training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post
- The post holder will be expected to ensure compliance with all policies within the employee handbook.
- Ensuring compliance with safeguarding procedures, throughout all work within the Company, keeping the manager informed of work in progress and inform the manager immediately of any child protection matter or serious complaint.
- The nature of the agency business means that tasks and responsibilities are sometimes unpredictable. Staff are therefore expected to work flexibly when the occasion arises.
- Travel is expected as part of this role including travel to other Compass Community offices.
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 recruitment process aims to create and maintain a safe workforce and contains robust vetting procedures. The successful applicants will be appointed subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS check. Please note that Compass reserves the right to close this vacancy early upon receipt of sufficient applications.