Fostering Panel Advisor

Wellman Building
Band H £41,881 - £46,845 dependent on experience
30 Sep 2021
15 Oct 2021
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Things are happening and changing at pace here at Sandwell Children’s Trust. There’s lots going on, we have a great story to tell and we’re eager to make the most of the momentum we’ve achieved.

Covering the 6 towns of Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich, we’re smaller than our surrounding neighbours, but big enough to make a difference to the lives of the children, young people and families we support, as well as your career.

Keen to build on the close knit, family feel that our colleagues really embrace, we’re already revising our improvement plan and investing in additional resources to create manageable workloads, with an emphasis on working together in a supportive team environment.

Our vision and purpose are clear, supported by well-defined structures, led by a strong and committed management and leadership team that is connected, listens, cares and acts…now all we need is for you to find your new home in Sandwell.

We’ve created a platform to build an exceptional ‘offer’ to everyone that joins us, something that can grow as we mature, something that we can enhance to meet the changing demands of social care and most importantly…something we can all be proud of and make us feel right at home. This has manifested itself in the ‘12 reasons to work in Sandwell Children’s Trust’. It’s a dynamic strategy, with a flexible framework that enables us to think about the way we recognise, reward and support you. Just visit our website and search under benefits to see the full facts.

We’re passionate about improving the lives and outcomes of children, young people and families through robust multi-agency interventions. In addition to excellent career progression opportunities, with a clear and supported development path, we also offer agile working, with flexible and family friendly policies, that have a work/life balance at their core, plus lots, lots more…as you can see below:-

Are you an experienced Social Worker looking for an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise in Fostering? If so, we have an opportunity to support your fostering career development through the role of the Fostering Panel Advisor.

We are seeking to appoint a Fostering Panel Advisor with experience of placing children and/or assessing foster carers.

The Fostering Service has been judged to be Good by Ofsted and we are looking for a Panel Advisor who can support the effective functioning of our panel and provide robust advice and quality assurance to the fostering panel, the fostering service and our stakeholders which include children’s social work teams, legal services, and partner agencies.

  • You will need to have a good working understanding of relevant Care Planning and Fostering Legislation and be able to advise the Fostering Panel on relevant Statutory Requirements, regulations and national minimum standards.
  • You will need to be committed to the development of good practice within fostering assessments and be able to quality assure documents being presented to fostering panel to ensure they meet the required standards, as well as train central list members and Social Workers in relation to Panel.
  • You will be expected to work closely with the Team Managers responsible for the recruitment and retention of carers, the IROs responsible for the reviews of carers, Children’s Social Workers and the Fostering Panel Chair and Fostering Panel Members.
  • You will play a pivotal role in promoting permanence for children in care by co-ordinating the Trust’s long term matching process.

The role is flexible.

  • Balance your life and work with our family friendly policies
  • Flexible working patterns that suit you
  • Great technology to keep you connected
  • Join a truly agile workforce

It’s rewarding.

  • Competitive salary with excellent benefits package
  • Up to £6500 relocation package
  • £1500 refer a friend scheme
  • Your SWE Registration paid for

And we’ll support you.

  • 15 days per year professional development
  • High quality induction and appraisals
  • Investment in reflective group supervision and supportive individual supervision
  • Comprehensive training offer, including subscriptions to Community Care Inform (CCI) and Research in Practice (RiP)
  • Nationally recognised Trauma informed Practice (TiP) training with Dr Karen Triesman
  • Cultural Sensitivity sessions with Dr Prospera Tedam
  • Clear and supported career progression
  • We ‘grow our own’ here in Sandwell
  • Leadership that truly knows the organisation… and cares about you

So, if you think your future could lie in Sandwell, then we’d love to hear from you.

How to apply.

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Interested, or have any questions?  For an informal discussion please email

Closing date:  Thursday 14th October 2021

Sandwell Children's Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  An Enhanced DBS is required for this position and registration with Social Work England.

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