Targeted Youth Worker (Fostering Services) - CH26020
Targeted Youth Worker (Fostering Service) - Ref: CH26020
Contract: Full time, fixed term (2 Years)
Salary: G7 £26,773 - £31,037 per annum
About the Role
As part of the Walsall Proud Programme Service Transformation Plan, Walsall Fostering Service has taken the opportunity to develop a new and innovative Fostering Support & Stability Team that will take the lead on developing and offering support to our foster carers.
Walsall Council have an exciting opportunity for a Targeted Youth Worker to join Walsall’s Fostering Service, newly created Support and Stability Team.
Walsall are Proud to be in a position whereby we can offer Walsall Foster Carers this additional support. The successful candidate will work closely with two Fostering Support Workers and report to the Senior Practitioner for the Support & Stability Team.
By working closely with other areas of the Fostering Service, social work teams and partner agencies, the purpose of the team is to strengthen the support on offer to our foster carers, bringing greater stability and improving permanence for Walsall’s Looked after Children.
Who we are looking for
- Candidates who are dedicated, positive and passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people
- People who work restoratively and have the ability to develop positive, nurturing relationships with foster carers, children, their families and other key professionals that we work in partnership with
- You will be adaptable, have good interpersonal and a broad range of knowledge and skills including child development and the impact of trauma and adversity.
- Be able to work with a degree of independence and autonomy. Also, dependant on service needs, be willing to work in the evenings
- Hold a qualification in Youth Work equivalent to NVQ Level 4 or other relevant professional qualification or a good standard of education – to NVQ L4 or equivalent.
Why work for us
- Holidays starting at 25 days per annum (pro-rata)
- Extensive training opportunities
- Mileage allowance
- Professional support network
- Staff wellbeing initiatives
- Employee Rewards Scheme
In Walsall, we have high aspirations for our looked after children and aim to be the best corporate parents that we can be. Our workers within Fostering are important in making these aspirations a reality.
We have launched restorative practice as the foundation of our social work approach within the Borough. Building positive relationships is important not just with the children, young people and their families we work with, but with Foster Carers and also with each other.
For further information about Fostering in Walsall, go to:
Closing date: Thursday 15th April 2021
Walsall Council takes seriously the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care and it is our expectation that all staff will share this commitment. Completion of an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is a requirement for working with children and young people.
Note: Applicants appointed to posts that require an enhanced DBS clearance must declare any periods of time that they have lived, studied or worked abroad and be prepared to provide an Overseas Criminal Records Certificate (OCRC) or a Statement of Good Conduct (SOGC) relating to anytime they were overseas.
This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers. The post holder will be required to communicate verbally with customers and provide advice and/or information in accurate spoken English.
For this role the successful candidate must undergo a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. BPSS is the minimum standard to ensure the identify and integrity of an employee who has access to official information using secure networks linking central governments and local authorities. A BPSS check involves four main elements; Identity Check, National and Immigration Status, Employment History (last 3 years) and Verification of Criminal Record (unspent convictions only).