Intensive ‘Everest’ Foster Carer (Self employed with ‘retainer’ payments)
Coventry City Council is working with St Christopher’s to recruit committed individuals to train to become intensive, therapeutic foster carers to help care for some of Coventry’s most vulnerable children and young people. As a foster carer on the ‘Everest’ scheme you will be supported by Coventry City Council and our partners St Christopher’s to provide foster care placements to young people between the ages of 11 and 18 who have experienced, multiple placement breakdowns, residential care or in need of care and protection.
Job Purpose and Role
To be responsible for the care, in your own home (which must be within 20km of Coventry City Centre) of a Coventry young person who is not related to you. The young person will have complex needs and will be in need of one to one care and support. As an intensive foster carer you will adopt a ‘team around the child’ approach with professionals involved in helping the young person work towards an agreed care plan. Primarily this will be providing stability within the placement but may involve rehabilitation back home or supporting a move into independent living.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
• To provide day to day care for a young person taking account of the particular issues of physical health, mental health, emotional health, sexual development and educational achievement.
• To work therapeutically and be supported by a multidisciplinary team including, social workers, support workers, teachers and health advisors, the police to provide a service to the child and the child’s family of origin, if this is deemed appropriate.
• To attend meetings on behalf of the agency to represent your involvement with the young person, to share information and to participate in developing plans and to support the young person in representing their views.
• To work jointly with the supervising social workers to set appropriate boundaries and manage the young person’s behaviour and help the young person; to model positive behaviour and communication skills.
• To help the young person develop appropriate social behaviour, helping them to become more independent, and enabling them to cope with their emotions as appropriate to their age and ability.
.Providing a safe and caring environment
• To work closely with other professionals to help the young person keep themselves safe from harm or abuse, and to identify and to seek help if their safety is threatened.
• To keep required records up to date for each young person placed, to complete relevant training to support the young person.
Team around the child
• To work with other professionals, including social workers, the police, health, education and birth families to contribute to the service’s planning for the young person.
• To communicate effectively and keep information confidential.
• To observe and assess the young person and to clearly record these observations/ assessments on a regular basis and contribute to care planning and other professional meetings.
Developing further skills as an Intensive Foster Carer
• To undertake both mandatory and developmental training to develop and enhance skills, knowledge and confidence in the foster care role to support the young person’s specific care needs.
• To appreciate how personal experiences have affected yourself and your family, and the impact that fostering is likely to have on you, your wider family and friendship networks.
• To develop positive links within the community which provide support.
• Ability to sustain positive relationships and maintain effective functioning through periods of stress.
• Understanding of how to use a computer and access the internet in order to support a young person’s computer skills so as to enable them to meet educational requirements. To enable young person to keep themselves safe from online exploitation and harm.
• To challenge, appropriately, to ensure that foster care practice is anti-discriminatory and respects all young people and their families, and advocate on behalf of the young person.
• To comply with the St Christopher's agreed policies and procedures including but not limited to Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, Financial Management regulations and other relevant St Christopher’s and Government regulations, directives and city wide priorities.
Foster carer requires skills and qualities such as:
• Sensitivity and Discretion
• 24-hour commitment
In addition for the Everest scheme we require that you
• Have some knowledge of fostering and the needs and challenges for Looked After Children
• Have no other under 18-year-olds living at home
• Can demonstrate a commitment to caring for a vulnerable young person
• Have at least one adult in the fostering home who does not have significant work commitments outside of the home (single applicants are welcome)
In return we offer you:
• Your own allocated social worker
• Access to 24 hour support, at least twice monthly meetings and group and individual therapeutic support
• A quality enhanced training package with additional bespoke training and support tailored to each placement
• Opportunities to help influence service development, improving services for Coventry children and foster carers
• Generous payments and allowances totally circa £41K (including expenses)
• A thriving social and community network of local carers
Applications can be progressed by:
Coming along to our ‘meet the team’ recruitment events happening across the City (details on the website)
Calling the friendly recruitment team on 024 7683 2828
Or enquire online using our short contact form
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