Social Worker – Kinship

Social Worker – Kinship

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £29,055 to £33,136 per annum
  • Closing date: Wednesday July 10th, 2019 11:59pm
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Children’s Services
Child Placement & Resources
County wide service – office base can be negotiated

37 hours per week – part time will also be considered

About Us

The Kinship Care Team is a dedicated county wide team that will undertake the assessment and support of kinship carers.  This will include assessing prospective connected persons foster carers and special guardians across the county.  For children already living with connected persons foster carers or their special guardians the Kinship Team will carry out assessments of their support needs and deliver support services to them and their carers.

About the Job

This is an exciting opportunity to join and support the development of a dedicated county wide Kinship Care Team. Family and friends care is a complex and unique area of work which requires knowledge, skills, understanding and commitment in relation to both the assessment of carers and delivery of support services.  By bringing together the assessments and support functions into one team our aim is to:

  • improve the quality and consistency of carer assessments.
  • tailor the support and supervision provided to connected persons foster carers to meet their specific needs.
  • Improve the assessment of support needs and develop & deliver a range of excellent services to meet the needs of this group of children and their carers.
  • improve placement stability and outcomes for this group of children and their families.

You will be required to work flexibly across the service undertaking carer assessments, assessments of support needs and deliver support to children and their carers.

The Kinship Care Team will be the responsibility of the Operations Manager Permanence and part of the Child Placements & Resources structure.  You would be joining a stable and supportive resources service who are very committed to improving outcomes for children and the continued improvement journey of Somerset County Council Children’s Services.

About You

Educated to degree level in a recognised Social Care qualification and registered as a Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you’ll have the ability to undertake complex assessments of kinship carers suitability to care for specific children; understand and undertake assessment of carers and children’s support needs; commission appropriate support services and where appropriate deliver direct support to children and their carers.  Positive, adaptable and thorough you’ll be interested in service improvement and passionate about the development of a dedicated kinship care service.  If you think you have the skills, passion and commitment then we want to hear from you.

For more information or an informal discussion about this post please email Suzanne Lyus or Jo Manning on or telephone 01823 357146.

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. We offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees including:

  • A Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Discounted lease car via salary sacrifice scheme and options for discounts on petrol or diesel.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and so forth.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, childcare vouchers, additional annual leave, computers, mobile phones and health screening.
  • Generous annual leave and flexible working arrangements.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance and support offering a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle.
  • Optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.

Somerset County Council must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role can speak fluent English. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.

To download and submit an application form and job details, or to upload your CV and personal information form, please click Apply Now.

Closing date: 10 July 2019

Ref no: APP00327/JH