Supervising Social Worker

Vacancy posted: Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Salary: up to 36000
Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: 05 December 2016
Job ref. no.: 495

We are looking for a keen and motivated social worker to join our small and dedicated team to help provide the best possible foster care for children.  The post involves travelling across central Scotland to supervise and support foster carers and the children they look after so applicants must be willing and able to travel. The post is home based and monthly supervision and team meetings are held at the office in Edinburgh.

Main purpose of job:

To support the Operations Service Manager in the recruitment, training, assessment, support and supervision of a range of foster carers ensuring high quality placements are available for looked after children.


  • To produce comprehensive, professional assessments of prospective foster carers using BAAF Form ‘F’ and the competency model.
  • To present well written assessment reports and annual reviews to the foster panel within agreed timescales.
  • To contribute to the foster carer’s initial and post-approval training programme, including ‘Skills to Foster’ and contribute to running foster carer support groups.
  • To support a number of approved foster carers by regular visits, telephone calls, attendance at children’s reviews and liaison with the child’s Social Worker.
  • To take responsibility for ensuring children are in safe, caring placements that offer protection
  • To undertake ‘out of hours’ on-call duty on a rota basis, and support foster carers dealing with crises and needing advice.
  • To keep accurate and up to date case records of ongoing support and supervision of foster carers and record significant occurrences or incidents in line with current legislation.
  • To market the service to Local Authorities liaising with appropriate Managers and Social Workers and ensuring information is given to facilitate matching children’s needs to suitable foster carers.
  • To have a good understanding of and work within the Fostering Services National Minimum Standards and Fostering Services Regulations.
  • To participate in regular professional supervision and continue to develop skills and knowledge in Childcare and Fostering.
  • To work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice at all times.
  • To  take personal responsibility for health and safety for self, colleagues and visitors
  • To take responsibility for ensuring all health and safety recommendations for foster carers are implemented within agreed timescales and ensuring the health and safety of all children with foster carers.
  • To identify the need for risk assessments, particularly in relation to the regulations and standards.
  • To ensure all risk assessments are completed in a timely manner.  To monitor their implementation and review them at least annually, or if circumstances warrant, more frequently.
  • Any other duties relevant to the post.

Acorn Care and Education is the single largest private sector provider of specialist education and care services to local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales. The group has grown quickly since its creation in 2005 by both organic growth and through a series of acquisitions. 

Acorn consists of 3 main divisions:

  • The education division is the second largest private sector provider of SEN schools in the country operating 17 special needs schools for children with behavioural and social difficulties or with autism and learning difficulties.
  • The fostering division is the third largest provider of foster care services in the UK and operates under the brands of Fostering Solutions and Pathway Care.
  • The residential care division operates registered care homes for looked after children with a range of special education and behavioural needs.

We need really great, passionate people to be part of our team to carry out immeasurably worthwhile work that truly does change lives.

Safeguarding is everybody’s business. The welfare and safeguarding of children and young people should be of paramount consideration, whatever your role or level of responsibility is within the organisation. All employees, panel members, independent workers and volunteers are required to ensure compliance with the company’s guidance and policy on safeguarding and are required to attend Safeguarding training appropriate to their level of responsibility.

s1 says:

This job has been on the site for more than a week and could be removed at any time! Get your application in now before you miss out!Apply now
Contact Name Rebecca Dixon
Telephone 01204 556358

Get email alerts
for similar jobs!

Add alert

Your email is already registered, simply enter your password to set up your alert

Incorrect password, please try again.

Forgotten Password

People who applied for this also applied for...

You have 0 shortlistedApply for all Clear shortlist