To recruit prospective Foster Carers to provide high quality foster care for children, undertaking initial phone call, initial visits and preparation activities, followed by thorough assessment in accordance with best practice and legislation – and always with child protection and child welfare as the priority.
To prepare Reports and present them in person to the Fostering Panel, in keeping with legislation, best practice and Cornerways Policies and Procedures.
To counsel out inappropriate applicants.
To carry a caseload of 10 foster families (Full time equivalent).
To supervise Foster Carers in accordance with the expectations of the Fostering Services (England) Regulations and Cornerways Policies.
To problem-solve issues and advise and support carers in finding solutions to problems they experience in working with young people during placements.
To maintain records for carers and children in keeping with the Children Act 1989 and the Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, Cornerways Policies and Procedures, and best practice.
To arrange and undertake Reviews of individual Foster Carers’ approvals in accordance with legislation and Cornerways Policies and Procedures and to present each Review to the Fostering Panel.
To participate in, and undertake actions within, Cornerways child protection procedures and complaints procedures, ensuring any child protection concerns are addressed straight away, the Fostering Services Manager, Senior Practitioner or Director is informed immediately and the relevant agencies notified.
To work alongside Foster Carers who are subject to complaints or child protection procedures.
To observe safe working practices for oneself, colleagues and carers and to adhere to Company Policies regarding Health and Safety.
To contribute to the development and facilitation of a Foster Carer training and development programme with a view to the continuous development of quality services for children.
To appropriately match and place children with Cornerways Foster Carers, both in a planned and on an emergency duty basis, in conjunction with the Fostering Services Manager/Senior Practitioner.
To undertake placement agreement and review agreement meetings and to ensure these occur for all children in placement and that where support services are provided to a child, that these are of a professional standard and in keeping with Cornerways’ values, Policies and practices.
To develop and facilitate Foster Carer Support Groups/network in conjunction with team colleagues.
To undertake development and training in keeping with the role of a Fostering Social Worker within Cornerways.
To practice in accordance with equal opportunity legislation and valuing diversity amongst staff, carers and children.
To undertake out of hours support to Foster Carers and placement services on a rota basis with other fostering staff.
To adhere to the Policies and Procedures of Cornerways Fostering Services.
This job description is produced to assist the post holder in identifying his/her main duties. It may include other tasks which, from time to time, may be allocated after consultation with the post holder and with regard to the level of responsibility appropriate to the position.