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Social Worker - Fostering

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Staffordshire has a strong commitment to providing quality Foster Placements, Adoption Placements, Connected Persons Placements and Special Guardianship Placements for our children in care.  We are also committed to ongoing development and innovation. 

Fostering, Permanency & SGO Support Team is a Countywide team that provides support to carers residing in Staffordshire. The team is a stable team and has the benefit of experienced staff.

Main Responsibility

Your duties will include undertaking assessments and where required, completing support plans for Special Guardians, providing duty cover on a rota basis and providing practical support to Special Guardians. This will include private applicant carers, mainstream foster carers, independent fostering agency families, and family and friend’s foster carers.

The fostering service has a commitment to stability of placements, safeguarding children and promoting capacity to provide sufficient placements to meet the needs of children not in care, in our care and post care. You will support these commitments in your role. Close liaison is maintained with children’s teams and others involved in the team around fostered children and children living in permanent arrangements to ensure good outcomes for children.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll need to be a:

  • Qualified Social Worker
  • Registered with Social Work England.
  • Have a current UK driving licence and vehicle.

Above all, you’ll bring the desire to work with children and families to give them the right support, at the right time with the aim of keeping families together where it’s safe to do so.

For more information about this role, please contact Garry Davis, Team Manager, on

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

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