Fostering Supervising Social Worker

Fostering Done Differently!

Evergreen Foster Care is a highly specialised service that focuses on placing children from residential schools or children’s homes into intensively supported, foster care placements. The aim of Evergreen Foster Care is to provide placements for children who would not be able to access standard foster care, but could, if adequately supported, make the transition to a family environment.

As children coming out of residential care usually have a range of difficulties, only one foster child can be placed with a family at any one time. This ensures that progress is not complicated by the competing needs of equally complex/challenging children, and that the placement maintains stability.

We understand how difficult it is to foster children who have social, emotional and/or mental health difficulties, and who may also have aspects of autistic spectrum condition, so our full-time carers receive a generous package including, exceptional allowances, 65 days respite, 20 x group reflection sessions, 20 x 1:1 therapy sessions and much more.

We are looking to recruit a Supervising Social Worker to join our Fostering Family.


Main purpose of role:

  • To recruit, support and develop the skills of our foster carers to ensure that we provide outstanding care and the best possible outcomes for our children and young people in our care.
  • To work in collaboration with all stakeholders and strive to ensure that the children and young people in our care reach their full potential.
  • To provide a comprehensive, flexible and high quality service to carers, children and young people in our care using legal, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions and to safeguard and protect against harm.
  • To understand and contribute to the growth and continued development of the Fostering service.

Key responsibilities:

As a Supervising Social Worker, you will be responsible for:

  • Completing Form F assessments and support the applicants to Panel.
  • Completing the Skills To Foster Training (STF) with potential foster carers.
  • Support the agency in the completion of the Training, Support and Development Standards (TSD) with approved foster carers, both full time and respite.
  • Undertake annual foster carer reviews and present to the Panel.
  • Manage a caseload of approved foster carers and foster carers going through the assessment process.
  • Ensure foster carer files and Childrens case records are kept up-to-date.
  • Supporting foster carers to maintain their own record keeping.
  • To provide monthly support and supervision to approved foster carers.
  • Provide day to day support to foster carers.
  • Assist the Registered Manager and therapy team in training and reflection sessions with foster carers.
  • Support foster carers at meetings.
  • Participate fully and flexibly in the working rota, including on-call responsibilities.
  • Keep and maintain appropriate records of all work undertaken. This includes recording electronically.
  • Go above and beyond for the children and the foster cares in the placements you are supervising.
  • Inform colleagues of relevant developments and progress of carers and children.
  • Be able to manage one’s own time and be aware that flexible working hours will sometimes be essential.
  • Attend supervision, team meetings and staff days and prepare adequately.
  • Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance
  • Be proactive in matters relating to child protection and health and safety.
  • Report any concerns efficiently to you line manager or a senior manager.
  • Work with team members to achieve a warm, familial, therapeutic atmosphere.
  • Promote the ethos and model of Evergreen at all times.
  • Follow the Evergreen behaviour and physical intervention policy, and direction from our therapists, when supporting children.
  • Maintain a high level of recording and report writing.
  • Participate in formal training, supervision, appraisal, and induction; actively pursuing relevant qualifications.
  • Support and supervise family time when necessary.
  • Run group training sessions, as directed.
  • Be a positive role-model to carers and children.
  • Ensure all significant events are recorded and reported according to regulations.
  • Gain insight and knowledge of all aspects of work at Evergreen.
  • Work within the Evergreen Ethos; promoting and working towards our shared vision


Requirements of the Supervising Social Worker:

  • BA Hons SW, CQSW, DipSW or equivalent.
  • Membership of relevant professional body.
  • Experience of working with children and families preferred within an IFA or fostering setting (not essential).
  • Full driving licence and car user.
  • Proven track record of delivering successful outcomes for children.
  • Excellent knowledge of childcare legislation; specifically the Regulations and Standards for Fostering.
  • Enthusiasm for developing and improving the groups services to Good/Outstanding Ofsted rating.
  • Successful management of competing priorities.
  • Understanding responsibilities in protecting their own health, safety and wellbeing and that of their colleagues and others.
  • Excellent ICT skills.
  • Excellent record keeping.
  • Passionate about children been able to experience family life.

Fostering Social Worker Jobs in Stoke-on-Trent – 2021 |