Placement Support Worker - Fostering - Birmingham

Swiis Foster Care is seeking an experienced Placement support Worker to join our team in Birmingham. We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic, and flexible person who has previous experience of working directly with children and young people within care settings.

The support worker will be facilitating regular support group activities for our children in care, as well as supporting our foster carers in caring for children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.

This support needs to be flexible, creative, and responsive to each child’s individual needs. The Worker will work within a multi-disciplinary team but will need to have the confidence and ability to work alongside carers and children within the community.

An Induction, regular supervisions and a wide range of training is provided. Applicants should be aware of child care legislation.

The support worker will be working with children of various ages and abilities 0-18 years in 1-1 sessions that will be planned and organised by the worker to help support young people with a variety of needs.

This post is based in the Swiis office in Edgbaston, however extensive travel will be required, therefore the post-holder must have a clean driving licence and the use of a car. Flexible hours will be required including working evenings and weekends.

Benefits:

  • Full time, permanent post (37.5 Hours per week)
  • Salary £19,000 - £25,000 per annum
  • 27 days annual leave
  • Car allowance and transport mileage paid
  • Optional health care scheme
  • Personal pension scheme

Essential requirements:

  • Experience of working directly with children/young people in the care system or other relevant fields (minimum 2 years)
  • Minimum of Level 3 qualification in childcare/social care/mentoring/community work or another relevant qualification
  • Able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of child protection and safeguarding procedures/legislation.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of working with children that may display challenging behaviours
  • Willingness to work flexibly throughout the week including evenings and weekends
  • Experience of working with other professionals such as social workers, IRO’s, foster carers, therapists.
  • Confident to work with a variation of age groups and abilities 0-18 independently
  • Experience of working in alternative educational settings

Apply now

If you believe that you have the motivation and ambition to work for one of the finest Independent Foster Care Agencies in the UK and have the desire to really improve outcomes for looked after children, then please apply now.

Please submit an application form with details of your previous experience and job roles. Please include a covering letter outlining how you meet the essential requirements and why you would like to be a part of the Swiis team.

Only applications which include a covering letter will be considered. CV’s are not accepted. We are expecting a high volume of applications so please ensure you express why you are the right person to fill this post.

Swiis is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults, where applicable Post holders will subject to a satisfactory disclosure from the Disclosure Barring Service or Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme in Scotland.

Due to the volume of applicants, if you have not received a response from us within 14 days, please assume that you have not been successful in your application.

Swiis is an equal opportunities employer.

Interview date to be confirmed.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £19,000.00-£25,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Company pension
  • Free or subsidised travel

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Experience:

  • Care system or relevant: 2 years (Required)

Location:

  • Birmingham, West Midlands (Preferred)

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19
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