The starting salary for this role is £45,734 per annum, working 36 hours per week.
We currently have two vacancies available for the role of Fostering Independent Reviewing Officer. Both are 12-month fixed term contracts, with one based in Woking and the other in Redhill.
Do you want to play a pivotal role in our transformation of the Fostering Service in Surrey?
We have created a number of new roles to enhance our support to children and foster carers and to help us realise our vision of more Surrey Homes for Surrey Children.
We have a great new opportunity for a Fostering Independent Reviewing Officer to develop our practice in respect of foster carers’ reviews of approval. You will act as an arms-length practitioner, ensuring high quality foster carers reviews take place in accordance with regulations and best practice. Effective reviews contribute to the ongoing support and development of fostering households as well as ensuring the needs of individual children, and for sufficient suitable foster homes, are met. You will ensure that all meetings hold an appropriate focus on children's welfare and that annual reviews enable children to participate in a variety of ways.
This role is central to the Fostering Service’s quality assurance function and contributes to ensuring sound and effective practice across the fostering service. You may contribute to case auditing and service reviews as required and you may also lead specific practice enquiries such as Standards of Care investigations. Reviews will usually take place in fostering homes and therefore an ability to travel within Surrey, and occasionally nationally, is essential.
This is a unique opportunity to be involved in developing a new role, and in return you will be part of a strong and experienced management team, with access to a range of learning and development activities.
To apply and be considered for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- A professional social work qualification and registration with Social Work England with demonstrable good working knowledge of fostering and childcare practice, relevant legislation, regulations and guidance
- Recent experience of working in a fostering service which enables you to show a comprehensive knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of all those involved with children living in foster care
- Effective communication and a skill in relationship building with an ability to chair meetings and conduct reviews in a way that includes children, foster carers and other professionals. This will include skill in constructively giving feedback to raise standards of care and to challenge practice in a way that shows a relentless focus on children’s needs
- How you give verbal and written feedback in a way that is understood by children and adults, including writing detailed reports, making recommendations, and assessing risk
- Your ability to be organised, managing time effectively, prioritising competing and complex demands
- A willingness and ability to travel throughout Surrey
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For more information please find the full job description attached below. Please ensure you refer to this before you submit your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 7th July 2022 with interviews taking place week commencing 18th July 2022.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Carol Norrington-Beard by e-mail at email@example.com or Sharon Lake by e-mail at Sharon.Lake@surreycc.gov.uk.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.