Supervising / Assessing Social Worker – Southampton, Hampshire

 Job Reference – 399

Full Time: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: Band H,  £27,276 – £31,217 per annum

Closing date: 28th January 2018

Interview dates: WC 4th February 2018

Fair Ways is looking for a skilled and motivated Supervising/Assessing Social Worker to join our Fostering department. The primary function of the role will be to provide supervision and support to around 10 fostering families to ensure that children placed receive high quality care within a family environment. When caseloads are lower, there may be occasions that the applicant is required to undertake fostering assessments, where they work with prospective carers through from application to fostering panel.

Why work for Fair Ways as a Supervising/Assessing Social Worker?

  • You will have a manageable caseload which means a better home/work life  balance
  • You will receive regular supervision from your Line Manager, providing you with quality day to day support
  • Excellent training opportunities – Level 5 Management Diploma
  • Clear and defined opportunities for progression within your role

Fair Ways is an expanding, dynamic charity that strongly believes in providing opportunities for people to meet their full potential. Fair Ways is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and families and we expect ALL staff to share this commitment.

As well as this, Fair Ways Fostering has a reputation for providing high quality support to young people and their foster carers- in a recent survey, 100% of carers that responded, rated the support they received from their Supervising Social Worker as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.

Job Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Take a lead role in supervising and supporting foster families, utilising and developing the foster carers’ skills and experiences, identifying and supporting areas for professional development both individually and as a group.
  • To maintain and organise case records, write reports as directed by line manager and maintain effective, regular communication with outside agencies regarding own caseload, ensuring all relevant parties are kept up to date of important developments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the young peoples’ early life experiences and that such experiences may result in, or contribute to, severe challenging behaviour.
  • To carry out fostering assessments as and when required by the organisation, and then to present the completed fostering assessments to Fair Ways Independent Fostering Panels.

Personal skills

You as a successful candidate, will be a qualified Social Worker and hold HCPC registration and possess a good working knowledge of relevant legislation, such as the Children Act 1989/ 2004 and the Care Standards Act 2000, and their impact on Fostering Services. The successful candidate will have experience working with Children and families in the Social Work field or working within the fostering sector. In addition, you will be required to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, be able to prioritise, set deadlines and stick to them.  Experience in producing high quality reports and assessments is essential as is the ability to act calmly and purposefully in crisis situations.

Next Step – How to apply

Interested in the vacancy? We encourage a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all communities.

Download the  Job Description  and an Application Form here or please phone Head Office (02380 230400)

and ask for the Recruitment Department or email



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *