Fostering Team Leader

Greenwich, London (Greater)
£49.827 - £52.866
16 Nov 2020
29 Nov 2020
Job role
Team Leader
Contract Type
Full time


Royal Greenwich Fostering Service is the first choice for fostering in London and a vibrant and exciting place to work. We are an innovative Fostering Service that is providing the best possible care to our Children. We take pride in the quality of service we offer and want to take it to the next level.

If you have the unique blend of skills and experience to take a great service to the next level, then join us in achieving this goal, as we are currently seeking to recruit an inspirational and dynamic Fostering Team Leader.

We are looking for a qualified, registered children and families Social Worker with management experience ideally at a team leader position, and with experience of direct social work practice and fostering. The successful candidate will have responsibility to lead and continuously improve the quality and effectiveness of a social work team in the Fostering Service carrying out a range of responsibilities including: recruitment, assessment, supervision, support, review and monitoring of foster carers, special guardians and private fostering arrangements.

You will need a good knowledge and understanding of the relevant legislation and guidance which governs Children’s Social Care and Fostering Services.

The role includes:

  • Providing regular, professional and effective supervision to social workers and related fostering professionals.
  • Overseeing assessments of prospective foster carers.
  • Approving Annual Reviews of Foster Carers.
  • Financial monitoring and budgetary control.
  • Ensuring children in Private Fostering Arrangements are safeguarded and needs appropriately met.
  • A good working knowledge of word processing software, spreadsheets and ICT systems.
  • Ability to prepare thorough & timely reports.
  • Facilitating support groups and promoting the continuous professional development of Foster Carers.
  • An expectation of some evening and occasional weekend working.
  • Working as part of a leadership team to contribute to the development and quality assurance of Fostering Service best practice.
  • Participation in recruitment events.

We can offer you professional supervision, good terms and conditions, career development and a welcoming supportive team environment and integration in the wider Permanence Service alongside childcare teams.

If you have the skills, knowledge and confidence, including passion that we are looking for then we would welcome your application.

Closing date: 29th November 2020 (midnight).

Interviews will take place week commencing 7th December 2020.

Safer recruitment: Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any roles which involve working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, or roles in which the duties will involve access to sensitive information relating to children, young people or vulnerable adults, the Royal Borough will take up references prior to interview. You should provide details of referees including your current and previous employers, covering the last 5 years. Candidates can request for us not to send a reference request to their current employer prior to interview by emailing us at As part of our Safer Recruitment Policy, a full employment history is also required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment. Unless otherwise stated, a Basic DBS check will be undertaken as part of the pre-employment checks for successful candidates.

Diversity Statement: Royal Borough of Greenwich values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

High Volume Applications: Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.

DBS: This role requires an Enhanced DBS. (This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act,1974)

Full Employment History: A full employment history is required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment.

How Applications are Scored: Each application is scored according to how well the supporting statement addresses each point on the Person Specification for the role. Candidates will be short-listed for interview on the extent to which they meet the specific points within the Person Specification. The Person Specification is supplied with the job advert. When completing your application, please use the supporting statement section to tell us how you meet each of the points on the Person Specification. We need to have this information in order to consider your application. If you have a disability and are unable to meet some of the job requirements specifically because of your disability, please address this in your application. If you meet all the other criteria, you will be shortlisted and we will explore jointly with you if there are ways in which the job can be changed to enable you to meet the requirements.

Interview Arrangements: During this time, our priority for all of our recruitment activity is to make sure our applicants, hiring departments and new starters are informed, safe and supported. Careful and thorough consideration will be given to interview arrangements and for any essential in-person recruitment, we will ensure this is held in a suitable, secure setting with additional arrangements to ensure any current safety requirements are fully adhered to.