Fostering Social Worker – Part Time

Job Ref: 670

  • Location : Southamoton
  • Job Type: Part Time, 3 month contract
  • Hours: 16 hours PW
  • Salary: £30,291 – £35,865 Pro-Rata / £12,924 – £15,302 per annum

About Us:

Fair Ways is a not for profit organisation where we pride ourselves on getting the best from our staff and young people which we encourage through training, engagement and delivery.

We are looking for a skilled and motivated Part-Time Social Worker to join our Fostering department for 16 hours each week (flexible with what days are worked) on an initial 3 month contract with the potential for extension. The salary for this role is £12,924 – £15,302 per annum based on a 16 hr working week.

The primary function of the role will be to oversee the enquiries of potential new foster careers working in conjunction with our fostering recruitment team. This role will support the transition of potential new carers through to the assessment stage.

About you

Ideal applicants will:

  • Hold a Social Work qualification and professional registration with Social Work England.
  • Have the ability to proactively engage with staff, potential foster carers, managers and panel members ensuring professional boundaried relationships.
  • Be highly organised, methodical and able to prioritise, set deadlines and keep to them.
  • Have excellent assessment and quality assurance skills
  • Have the ability to time manage own workload effectively and work as part of a team, promoting a positive culture.
  • Have a flexible approach to the task and resilience under pressure.
  • Be able to demonstrate effective communication skills, verbal , non-verbal and written
  • Have excellent knowledge and comprehension of child care legislation, regulation, guidance and minimum standards, particularly relating to fostering
  • Be able to be able to devise effective systems and procedures to support with the running of the foster care recruitment department – even where such systems do not presently exist
  • Have proven experience in Social Work practice and regulatory assessment.
  • You will demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice and to challenge attitudes and practices that can be perceived as discriminatory

About the Role

The successful candidate will:

  • Have responsibility for the running of the foster care assessment process, ensuring all legislation is complied with at all times.
  • Be responsible for the selection and recruitment of quality foster carers to help enable the safe and steady growth of the foster care department, and as such support the delivery of an outstanding service.
  • Ensure that Fair Ways responds to all enquiries from potential foster carers in a highly efficient, professional, and timely response consistently in a method that can be instantaneously reviewed/monitored and improved if necessary.
  • Produce a monthly report to the Family Services Director, which provides feedback on departmental progress in relation to the SMART targets featured in the development plan, the success rate in relation to the recruitment funnel objectives, as well as the actual figures relating to the intake of foster carers.
  • Ensure your own actions and behaviour at work are in accordance with Fair Ways’ Policies and Procedures in a manner which reflects the Childrens Act 1989, Children Act 2004, actively challenging attitudes and practices that are discriminatory.

All candidates must have a full driving license and have access to the use of a car. Successful candidates will be required to provide an enhanced Disclosure (DBS). This disclosure cost will be met by Fair Ways.


  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Health Care Scheme*
  • Additional Holiday Purchase Scheme*
  • Service based additional annual Leave accrual
  • Bespoke training department
  • Education Grant Scheme*
  • Free Parking
  • Free Fruit Tea and Coffee
  • Future Leaders Programme*
  • Staff Lottery*

*Subject to qualifying period

Next Step

Download the Job Description and an Application Form here or please phone Head Office (02380 230400) and ask for the Recruitment Team or email