Senior Practitioner - Fostering
In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes. Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after.
The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families. It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on intervention and keeping families together.
Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does. We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads. Children’s Services is proud of its workforce, who are committed, dedicated, and work to a high standard. We are seeking other like minded practitioners who would like to join us. We pride ourselves on building relationships with families and partners and hold respectful practice at the centre of all we do.
Coventry City Council is investing strongly in its fostering provision and in recent years has seen a significant growth in the proportion of our looked after children who are placed with in house Foster Carers. The service has a commitment to providing high quality support to carers and ensuring they are assessed in a timely and thorough way. We work closely with our Foster Carers and with children’s social work teams to ensure that fostered children are well cared for and achieve best outcomes, maintain placement stability and move on to permanence in a timely way.
The Connected Persons Team is made up of 2 clusters with practitioners taking a caseload of either supervision and support cases or assessment cases. The team has responsibility for the assessment and supervision of Connected Persons Foster Carers and the assessment and support of Special Guardians.
The Recruitment and Assessment Team has responsibility for the recruitment and assessment of a range of fostering applicants. The team also includes a recruitment hub which supports the Marketing and Recruitment Officer in generating enquiries to become a Foster Carer. The hub also follows up on enquiries and undertakes initial visits prior to applicants progressing to full assessment.
The Supervision and Support Team is made up of 3 clusters. Practitioners in these clusters have responsibility for the supervision and support of a range of approved Foster Carers. They also support the Placement Liaison Officer within the team to identify and arrange placements with internal Foster Carers.What is the job role?
Coventry City Council is investing strongly in its fostering provision and over recent years has seen a significant rise in the proportion of looked after children placed with internal foster carers. The service has a commitment to working closely with our foster carers and with children’s social work teams to ensure that fostered children are well cared for and achieve both best outcomes and timely permanence.
The Fostering Service is seeking to recruit a Senior Practitioner to lead on the Next Steps Fostering Scheme. Next Steps forms part of the fostering offer in Coventry and is based in one of the 3 Mainstream Support Teams. The Next Steps Scheme is designed to support those young people who need additional support within a fostering household as a result of either multiple changes of placement or in order to successfully move back into a family after a period in residential care. The successful applicant will both lead on the bespoke support and supervision of those households approved for the scheme and undertake assessments of those wishing to become foster carers in it. The scheme has seen success in the 3 years since its launch and the service aims to continue to expand the number of placements available in it.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The successful candidate will have a key role to play in the further growth of the scheme and will support the growth of the staff team supporting it as it grows. They will also be in involved in the development of the wider Fostering Service. Applicants should have experience of working with Foster Carers along with a solid understanding of the legislation, policy and best practice guidance underpinning this work. Due to the nature of the scheme they will need a solid understanding of the application of therapeutic models in fostering households. They should be able to demonstrate an ability to take a lead and to develop and improve practice.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
Interview date(s): 4th June 2021Introduction to Coventry City Council
Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;
- Flexible working arrangements
- Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
- Pay progression through multiple increments
- Outstanding local government pension scheme
- Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
- Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
- Vibrant employee networks