Supervising Social Worker - IFA, Social Enterprise

Role Type
Full time

27,500 to 32,000 pro rata DOE plus car and benefits

Five Rivers Child Care is a Leading Social Enterprise that works with ‘Looked after Children’ who need specialist placements throughout England and Ireland.

Our Supervising Social Workers provide one to one support to our Foster Carers and typically have a lower workload than those in local authority and many other Individual Fostering Services meaning that we can offer more of a responsive and bespoke service

Due to an internal promotion, an exciting opportunity is available for a Supervising Social Worker to join our well-established Independent Fostering Agency recently awarded an “Good” judgement by Ofsted in Somerset

The position would ideally be suited to a Social Worker with experience in the Fostering Sector and with a proven track record of supporting and assessing Foster Carers and contributing towards excellent outcomes for children and young people.

Your knowledge and expertise will be welcomed and developed at Five Rivers Child Care. As an integral member of the team you will adopt a child-centred approach with emphasis placed on safeguarding the well-being of children placed with us through careful matching with our foster carers. You will forge effective partnerships when offering professional support to local authorities, foster carers and children in placement.

Salary:                  £27,500 to £32,000 pa DOE

Benefits:              Car allowance, 25 days annual leave, company pension scheme, healthcare scheme, childcare vouchers, employee referral scheme and Perkbox - discounts in many high street shops, leisure facilities and restaurants.

Hours:                   37 hours per week

General responsibilities:

Contribute to and participate in local carer recruitment activities;
Assist in undertaking initial visits, as required;
Carry out stringent assessment and completion of Form F to a high standard, presenting reports to panel;
Supervise and support allocated foster carers, and their placements, completing all necessary recording and reporting documentation;
Actively promote, develop and deliver training programmes which support the development of our foster carers;
Promote the agency externally ensuring that the agency’s policies to offer a professional, high-quality fostering service
Work in liaison with all Regional colleagues to achieve a high standard of service which meets all Ofsted requirements and delivers improvements and enhanced standards
Contribute to the Regional Business Plan with regard to carer recruitment, carer retention and placement growth, in line with all targets and KPI’s;


The role will suit an experienced social worker, who has worked within either an IFA or Local Authority fostering team and must be registered with the HCPC.
Experience in behavioural management and working with young people with complex needs, to offer support and training to carers would be an advantage.

Five Rivers Values:

We are child-centred, adaptable and innovative in how our services are designed and we use an integrated systems approach to quality.

We treat each other with respect, honesty and integrity and expect this to be reflected in our relationships with children, their families, colleagues and external agencies.

We demonstrate resilience, value for money and ethical commitment becoming the partner of choice for Local Authorities.

Five Rivers is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People, applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate child protection screening, including pre-employment references and DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Please note: In the event of a high level of applications, we reserve the right to close this role earlier than the stated date.

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