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Social Worker - Fostering and Alternative Carers Support Team

Warwickshire County Council
£39,186.00 - £41,418.00 to be pro rata as per part time hours
Closing date
25 Jul 2024

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Job Type
Social work; Children - Qualified
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

Job Details


About the Team:


Warwickshire has a fantastic fostering and alternative carers support team with a childcare focus. We are countywide.  We recruit foster carers, assess them, supervise, and support them including offering Warwickshire foster carers outstanding training and support. We also have an expanding SGO support team. 


We are countywide and have links with Fostering Network to support us and our foster carers. We are fortunate to have psychologist practitioners who is based in our team who offers consultations to staff of Social Workers and Family Support Workers and Foster Carers. We are growing to match the needs of the children in Warwickshire.


We are proud of our Fostering Team and if you join us, you will see why.  Now is an exciting time to be a part of our team, the service received a Good Ofsted rating and we’re building on this by expanding our workforce and investing in sustainable services to make a difference to the lives of children and families. Warwickshire has been chosen as one of the seven areas to deliver the Families First for Children Pathfinder Programme.  Join us to help shape and influence the future of children's social care together. Find out why we are good Ofsted. We have been chosen under the reform of Children’s Services. 


If you want to build strong relationships and connections with families, join Warwickshire’s Children and Families service. Click here to find out more about Warwickshire County Council’s Children and Families Service.



About the Role:


The SGO Support Social Worker post will offer you the opportunity:


  • Provide a range of support to carers and young people to maintain the stability of placements.
  • Be part of the duty rota.
  • Support with Annual Reviews of SGO Support Plans.
  • Complete Assessments of Need to determine therapeutic needs.
  • Offer advice on our service to other professionals.
  • Advise other professionals about our offer for SGO support plan and consultation opportunities.
  • To work within the remit of the ASGSF (Adoption Special Guardianship Support Fund).
  • Offer time limited therapeutic intervention to families
  • To provide support and advice to SGO, CAO and residence holders to ensure stability of placements.
  • To support SGO, Adoption, CAO breakdowns to reunification


This is what one of our team members has to say about the role:


“I have been a social worker in the SGO support team since it went live in August 2019. When the team first started it comprised of myself, a team manager and a family support worker. Over the past four years we have expanded to having three full time and one part time social worker and team manager. We are looking to expand further with another part-time social worker. The team is still developing, and it is extremely exciting to be part of the development and growth of the team. We are very privileged to work with families to come up with solutions together and support them through their SGO journey. In this role I have had access to some fantastic training to help SGO carers have the tools to parent in a therapeutic way. I am now trained in NVR level 1, DDP level 1 and have a diploma in therapeutic life story work. 


Some families I have supported since I started in the team, and I have enjoyed every second building trusting relationships with them. I can honestly say that I have found the best role for me. Working with and not doing too families is our ethos and I am extremely grateful to our families for letting us be part of their lives.”


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Key Requirements:


The role of the Social Worker in the Special Guardianship Support Team is a key position that brings together the needs of children, young people and their carers who have chosen a special guardianship order to secure permanency.

For this post we are looking to recruit a Social Worker for a temporary 12-month position of 22.5 hours. With a remit of supporting SGO and Alternative Support Carers to training and duty work, you’re guaranteed different challenges every day. The role demands close collaboration with the connected persons assessment and support and supervision teams and good working relationships across the children’s services, working particularly with the Early Help and Strengthening Families. In this role following assessment through an SGO Needs Assessment you may be putting an application through to the Adoption Special Guardianship Support Fund (ASGSF) for the provision of therapeutic intervention. You will also support carers where breakdown in adoption, special guardianship, and Child Arrangement Orders has occurred if a child was Section 20 prior to the orders being made. We are also working with carers who have a child arrangement order to access the ASGSF fund.


Importantly your work will be child focused, analytical, and based on safeguarding evidence.  We are offering this role so that we can meet the needs of increasingly growing SGO Support Team.


If you want to build strong relationships and connections with families, join Warwickshire’s Children and Families service.


For further details please see the Job Description and Person Specification.



Working for Warwickshire – This is the difference you make:


Warwickshire County Council is a place where everyone feels valued, included, safe, supported, and welcome. Our people are at the heart of this vision, could you be one of them! 

At Warwickshire County Council we are committed to ensuring Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure.  Our people vision for Warwickshire County Council is a great place to work where diverse and talented people are enabled to be their best.


Your future matters to us, we provide a generous pension scheme which includes an employer contribution rate of typically around 19 percent per month, to help support your financial security during retirement. The scheme also offers a valuable package of benefits for members and their dependants. To find out more please visit: Warwickshire Pension Fund homepage – Warwickshire Pension Fund


The benefits we offer include agile working, a valuable part of the pay and reward package for employees working in local government, generous annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays and an additional day at Christmas, and access to Vivup benefits and discounts platform.


Click here to view the benefits at Warwickshire County Council.



Additional Information


Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Please be advised successful applicants will be subject to a range of pre-engagement checks, including a relevant Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). In accordance with the DBS code of practice and our own policy, should an individual have a declared criminal offence an individual assessment will be completed. Warwickshire County Council adheres to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


For information about the role please contact: Louise Dudley,



Closing Date:  25th July 2024

Interviews: 9th August 2024



Should you require application forms in an alternative format / language or any adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contact and we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements.


Warwickshire County Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce. See?more 



As a local authority we take on a wide range of roles, whether we are providing specialist care and support to the most vulnerable in our communities, or championing Warwickshire as a choice for business through our work to promote economic growth and innovation.

Warwickshire is famous the world over as Shakespeare’s county— but that’s only half the story.  We’re also vibrant and modern. One of the fastest growing commercial regions in the UK, we’re home to many leading companies and developing exciting opportunities for everyone who lives and works here. 


We pride ourselves on being an innovative employer that like to encourage new ways of working. Likewise, our ability to make decisions quickly is as important to us as it is to our customers.

We work actively with partner organisations to deliver our core services:

  • Schools and Learning
  • Social Care and Health
  • Community Safety
  • Environment and Planning
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Roads and Travel


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