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Social Work Assistant - Family & Friends, Fostering
  • Employer: Birmingham Children's Trust
  • Reference: BCT/21/158666
  • Published: Mon 12/07/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 25/07/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.5 hours per week
  • Salary: £20,903 - £27,041
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham, Birmingham

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Social Work Assistant - Family & Friends, Fostering

About the Trust….why work for us?

Our specialist Families and Friends Support Team supports placements for children and young people who are cared for by a relative or friend, where their own parents are not able to. 

We have dedicated passionate social work teams, led by experienced managers that support, advise and supervise all approved family and friend carers.  This strengthens our Trust commitment to the importance for children to remain with their families throughout their childhood and we help them achieve the most positive outcomes.

When a child has left their birth family, we believe they have a right to live with a ‘forever’ family. With around 2,000 children in our care, this is a big commitment to make.  But together, we’ll do everything to find homes that suit a child’s age, developmental and emotional needs.  Listening to the child is at the heart of our approach. We support them on their own personal journey.

We are looking for Social Work Assistants to join our Family and Friends Viability and Assessment Teams, Family and Friend Support Team and SGO and Private Fostering Support Team, we have 5 current vacancies across our service.

As a Social Work Assistant, you will be responsible for supporting the work completed within your social work team; this will include providing practical advice and support to carers, assisting social workers with the recruitment process for carers and compiling information and data into various formats. The successful applicants must be willing to make a positive difference and achieve change for the children and families we work with.

You will be provided with a supportive team environment where you will have access to the right tools, equipment and resources, so you can focus on . You will receive regular supervision and a comprehensive training programme which will support your career development.

Assistant Head of Service, Kim Smith has been with the Trust since 2015, she highlights why she chose this sector to develop her social work career: ‘our service builds lifelong relationships with families, so all children and young people remain with relatives and maintain a strong family network through childhood and beyond into adulthood that positively impacts upon them’

About you……

You will have experience and a background of direct work with vulnerable children, young people and their families within a children’s or family placement setting. 

You will have knowledge and an understanding of children’s legislation and processes particularly in fostering issues, coupled with the knowledge and understanding of the permanency needs of children from complex backgrounds. 

You will also have strong administration and IT skills, as your time will be split between office-based tasks and work in the community visiting families.

Key effective communication and positive relationship skills are essential, as well as  clear concise report writing and record keeping in a timely accurate manner, applying your time management and organisational skills. 

The ability to work effectively with colleagues and other agencies; solve problems, negotiate and make decisions are also a necessity to be able to support the social work team.


To find out more about the Trust click HERE

 To find out more about our other financial offer and amazing rewards and benefits click HERE

To find out more about Birmingham as a place to live click HERE

Contact the team for further info and informal chat:

Alison O’Connor, Head of Service – Alison.O’

Or our Recruitment Advisor, Georgina Bird –