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Fostering Team Leader

Royal Borough of Greenwich
England, London, Woolwich
£49827 - £52866 per annum
Closing date
9 Oct 2021

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Royal Greenwich Fostering Service is 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 you 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 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 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.
  • Supporting the innovative Mockingbird family model
  • 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.
  • In return, 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.

    In addition to our general Royal Greenwich Benefits Package, you will also receive:

  • Rota days equating to an additional 10 days off per year;
  • Ongoing professional development, including a minimum 50 hours protected professional development each year;
  • Small teams allowing more direct contact with and supervision of your staff;
  • Excellent support from a highly skilled Service Leader;
  • Travel costs reimbursement worth £1k+, OR Essential car user parking (free parking close to the workplace, worth £800+);
  • Royal Greenwich Keyworker housing (after being employed for six months and subject to application and meeting criteria).
  • Our team is currently working to a hybrid model. But we're also a family friendly, inclusive employer, committed to supporting flexible working - we're therefore open to discuss other flexible working options.

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

    Closing date: 10th October 2021

    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.

    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.


    Why work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich?

    The Royal Borough Of Greenwich supports equality and diversity in the workplace. The borough has a clear commitment to the LGBT community, mental health issues, race equality and disability.

    Greenwich offers a diverse range of roles, from junior to senior positions, spanning service sectors from children’s services to engineering.

    With the main council offices based in the heart of Woolwich, employees also benefit from an excellent transport links, while central London is just 20 minutes away.

    Excellent benefits

    • Up to 31 days leave per year.
    • Flexible working hours.
    • Developing opportunities to maximise employee’s potential.
    • Annual season ticket loan.
    • Greenwich One Card which entitles employees to discounts at local businesses.
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