Supervising Social Worker – Fostering Service

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Supervising Social Worker - Fostering Service
Interim Position

S Tyneside 5168414857117

Posted: 13th March 2024 11:30
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  • Pay Rate:

    £35.32 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3-4 months


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Interim Supervising Social Worker - Fostering Service

Reference no: S Tyneside 5168414857117

Pay Rate: £35.32 per hour PAYE

35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3-4 months


Enhanced DBS disclosure required

Assist in the provision of a comprehensive Fostering Service that meets children’s needs for substitute family care as and when they need it.

Key Responsibilities

  • Play a key role in the recruitment and assessment of potential foster carers to meet the needs of Looked After Children.
  • Provide direct monitoring, supervision and support to an allocated number of Fostering Families also including those involved in the Mockingbird constellations.
  • Ensure that the wellbeing of children in substitute family care is central to all work.
  • Develop and lead support, development and training for Carers and Social Workers relevant to family placement work.
  • Ensure that the review of Foster Carers is timely, robust and comprehensive.
  • Present work as required to the Fostering Panel.
  • Offer support and advice to workers in the practice teams on fostering issues.
  • Assist the wider service and partners in the planning, supervision and review of children’s cases where substitute family care is a proposal.
  • Liaise with other agencies and professional bodies on fostering matters.
  • Maintain comprehensive and up to date records.
  • Be given opportunities for undertaking time limited pieces of project management and task and finish projects which complement the work of the fostering service.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.


  • BA SW
  • DipSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
  • SW England Registered
  • Full current driving licence, or access to a means of mobility support


  • Working knowledge of substitute family care
  • Working Knowledge of Mockingbird Model of fostering
  • Knowledge of assessment process
  • In depth understanding of child development
  • Understanding and promoting the needs of looked after children
  • Understanding of the legal framework surrounding fostering and substitute family care
  • Insight into the needs of all those involved in the process of substitute family care


  • Post qualification experience of working with children and families
  • Experience of working with parents, carers, children and other professionals

Skills & Abilities:

  • Good assessment and report writing skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Able to work to deadlines


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Job Ref: S Tyneside 5168414857117
Supervising Social Worker - Fostering Service
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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