Social Work

Social Work Team Leader

Cardiff - Compass Fostering Wales

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Office Base: Cardiff

Salary: Up to £42,000 (D.O.E)

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 Social Work Team Leader, 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 Team and the Service in Wales. As a manager within the service, you will be expected to have a flexible approach to working from the office in Cardiff, travelling and at times being home based. There may be occasions when you will also be required to attend meetings nationally at other Compass offices. A car and a valid driving licence are essential to the role.

About us

Compass Fostering Wales is a part of our wider Compass Community, providing fostering, residential, educational, and therapeutic services for the young people in our care.

We are a child centred service, putting the wellbeing of our children and young people at the front and centre of everything we do.

Our REACH approach underpins everything that we do; it’s a framework based on resilience theory, attachment theory and aspects of social pedagogy. We believe that REACH helps us to provide bespoke, consistent, and therapeutic care for all our children, ensuring they have the best possible outcome.

Work join Compass Fostering Wales?

  • 26 days holiday (including your birthday) plus bank holidays.
  • Excellent opportunities for career development in our growing service.
  • Team days out and staff engagement activity days.
  • Access to Perkbox, including exclusive perks, freebies and discounts.
  • Staff and carer recommendation bonuses.
  • Wellbeing of our staff is vital; you will have access to the Employee Assist Programme.

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 to a number of social care staff /students
  • Directly manage a reduced caseload of foster carers when necessary.
  • 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 Fostering Service 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 Wales 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 in Wales.
  • Speak Welsh, although not essential for this post.

The safety of our children, carers and staff is our priority. Compass are following the most recent COVID government guidelines carefully and keeping the wellbeing of our staff in mind. All interviews will be held digitally and appropriate PPE is provided to all our key workers with risk assessments carried out where necessary.

Our recruitment process aims to create and maintain a safe workforce and contains robust vetting procedures. The successful applicants will be offered a role subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check. Please note that Compass reserves the right to close this vacancy early upon receipt of sufficient applications.

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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