1. To provide fostering services for children and young people and foster carers.
- To recruit, assess and prepare foster carers for children and young people generally between the ages of 0 and 18 years.
- Presentation of assessments and reports to internal and external panels.
- To be involved in pre- and post-approval training of carers.
- To supervise carers and be involved in regular support groups, telephone-call advice and minimum of monthly home visit to carers, offering more as and when required.
- In conjunction with children’s Social Workers, identify suitably matched placements, and to work in partnership with other professionals to support young people in placement. Attendance at Statutory reviews, education, health and any other professional meeting in relation to then child is required.
- To comply with all relevant legislation and the Agency’s procedures and practice guidelines.
- To maintain a high standard of knowledge and skills in fostering and contribute to the development of policy and good professional practice by participating in team meetings, peer support, working groups, seminars, study days and in-service training.
- To demonstrate an awareness of the principles of equal opportunity and commitment to their implementation.
- To work in partnership with foster carers in the planning, development and ongoing work of the project.
- To ensure proper records are maintained in accordance with service user and Agency confidentiality, policy, procedure and legislation.
- To participate in the fostering (office) duty system.
- Participation in the out-of-hours telephone advice line for foster carers.
- To promote and communicate the service to the public and other agencies.
- To undertake additional duties as may be identified from time to time as commensurate with the post.