Support Worker- Fostering

Location
West Midlands
Salary
Salary £18,935 - £20,509 depending on experience and qualifications
Posted
06 Sep 2019
Closes
29 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Shift work
Hours
Full-Time

If you enjoy working with children, this role will place you at the heart of our support service for foster carers.

We are looking to recruit a permanent Fostering Support Worker working closely with the supervising social workers, local authorities and other professionals to support foster placements.  

The role will involve:

  • Planning and implementing appropriate activities to meet the individual needs of looked after children
  • Running support groups, both for looked after children and birth children
  • Providing support sessions  during the day, evenings or weekends
  • Transporting young people to activities and appointments and supervising family contact sessions 

Applicants should have:

  • Experience of working with children and young people in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of administrative work including data entry and report writing
  • Ability to work with challenging behaviour and resolve conflict
  • Ability to maintain personal and professional boundaries
  • Good communication and administrative skills and the ability to build and sustain sound professional relationships
  • Flexibility to travel across the West Midlands.

What you should expect from us

  • Salary £18,935 - £20,509, depending on qualifications and experience, rising incrementally to £24,898 based on performance.
  • A friendly working environment, a fun, open and honest culture.
  • 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
  • Industry Leading training programme including access to level 3 qualifications, children’s right and participation, CSE, empowerment, mental health and Social Pedagogy,
  • Contributory pension scheme, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
  • BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
  • Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme.
  • Discount shopping scheme at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
  • Discretionary Funded Training Programs.
  • Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.
  • Fantastic opportunities to develop your career within our range of services.

St Christopher’s Approach

Using our holistic and multidisciplinary approach founded on the “heads, hearts, hands” principles of social pedagogy, you will be able to understand and address the impact of the abuse they have suffered and helped them move on, whilst building positive relationships to develop self-esteem and skills to keep themselves safe.

We make sure our actions reflect our values. Working in this way allows us to build trust and empower people to do their best, whatever their role.

At St Christopher’s having the right people and investing in their development is crucial. Our Training Team, alongside the Home Managers, ensure that each member of staff has a detailed development plan that matches the work they do and equips them to be knowledgeable, creative, calm, supportive and confident in whatever situation comes their way.

Recruitment Process

At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an online application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.

Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.

Your online application must include a supporting statement addressing the criteria stated in the Person Specification.

For the full Job Description for this role and more detail about what will be required, please visit our website.

For more information or assistance during the application process, please contact recruitment@stchris.org.uk

Closing Date: 29th September 2019

Interview Date: TBC

We advise to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this opportunity might be filled before the stated closing date.

St Christopher’s is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community as well as applications from candidates with care experience or experience of being a care leaver.

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