Our roles within the permanence team are really unique as you will have a foot in safeguarding social work, family and friends fostering and permanence too, closely working with all social work teams, building close links for inter-professional working and gaining experience and skill from both. This is an exciting time for the team with ongoing development opportunities.
The permanence team is based within our Fostering Team, which is well established with a range of professionals who bring a variety of differing skills, with access to the therapeutic service Revive. We are proud of the team spirit engendered right across our service and we know that having supportive colleagues around you is what makes the difference – so we really want to encourage you to join us and become an essential part of our service.
This role is mainly complex assessment work at the PLO stage and through to court however, you will participate in the supervision and support of a small caseload of family and friends foster carers until they are ready to move to legal permanence or are transferred to the mainstream fostering team, if the plan is remain as foster carers. Whilst you will be mainly focused on permanence, you will still very much be part of the fostering team as a whole and be expected to be part of the team development.
There is no doubt that the work is challenging but we know you won’t be daunted by this – in fact, you probably wouldn’t expect anything less. Working at a fast pace, you will complete highly complex assessments in short timescales to a quality standard. Despite being challenging, this role will really be rewarding and you will play an important part in deciding what happens in our children’s futures – indeed, we just couldn’t do it without you.
We know you will understand why we want to make sure we get the right people with the right skills, attributes and abilities to join our service, so our assessment process for prospective candidates is really robust and our Children’s panel representatives play a key part in this.
So, what’s in it for you?
Your commitment to your own professional development will be paramount - you will have access to approachable and supportive management who are committed to your ongoing development as we are keen to ensure you continue to develop a wide range of social work practice skills.
It goes without saying that you will be SWE registered and have a thorough knowledge and experience of legislation, statutory guidance and regulations relating to children in need of support or protection, fostering and permanence.
Find out much more about our Social Work world at: http://theshuttle.org.uk/blackburn-darwen-social-workers/
In addition to your CV, please include supporting information which evidences how you meet the criteria detailed on the key requirements document.