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Social Worker - Fostering Team

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  • Post Ref: ZF1309
  • Department: C&YP Social Care
  • Division: Fostering
  • Section: Fostering Team
  • Salary details: £27,538 - £37,107
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Hourly Rate:
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Working Weeks:
  • Closing date: 31 October 2018
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Borough of Poole Children and Young People’s Social Care is now recruiting experienced Social Workers to work in the Fostering Team

Poole is well known as a wonderful place to live and work.  We have beautiful protected beaches, the Jurassic coastline and the New Forest National Park on our doorstep but also enjoy easy access to major motorway links, London and France.

In Poole, Children’s Services aim to provide the ‘right help at the right time’, and continuity, stability and the best quality care for the children we work with. Partnership working across the Council and with other agencies is a particular strength in Poole. You will work alongside an established senior management team that is accessible, visible and supportive, and with colleagues who are committed to best practice which improves children’s lives.

We are currently seeking to appoint a full time social worker to the Fostering Team.

The fostering team recruits, assesses and trains foster carers for Poole’s children in care. Once approved by Poole’s Fostering Panel foster carers are provided with ongoing support supervision and training to ensure that they are able to provide the highest standards of care. The team also includes a well established supported lodgings service. The Fostering team work with other SW teams to ensure the best possible placement ‘match’ for children in care and to identify good quality, suitable residential placements for the small number of young people who require residential care. The team also undertake private fostering assessments.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Jane Underhill on 01202 714723.

As an employer we are proud of our commitment to supporting and supervising our social workers, maintaining manageable caseloads and promoting a good work/life balance. We believe our commitment to continuous professional development cannot be faulted.  We have an excellent and well established ASYE programme in place, and a full and diverse range of training opportunities for all our staff as they develop and progress their professional careers.

We have strong links with Bournemouth University, and are able to offer post-qualifying formal CPD opportunities to staff who have completed their ASYE and are looking to extended their specialist knowledge and skills, or who are experienced social workers who wish to extend their professional practice through Practice Education.

We have recently been successful in our local Pan Dorset and Wiltshire bid with Bournemouth University for Social Work Teaching Partnership status. The Partnership aims to increase opportunities for practitioners to contribute to the teaching and learning of social work students, and to have an increased opportunity for professional CPD and practice education pathways.

Discretionary relocation expenses are available of up to £8,000 for experienced candidate(s) to support their relocation to the area.

Returning to Practice? If you are an experienced qualified social worker seeking to return to practice, and are not currently HCPC registered, we may be able to offer you an opportunity to meet the HCPC requirements for supervised practice and study in order to gain your registration. To discuss further please contact Annie Draper Workforce Development Manager on 01202 714620.


This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the community and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. Applicants to this post will be required to complete the appropriate level of Disclosure & Barring Service Check. Please refer to the Person Specification for more details.



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