Purpose of Role:
The Independent Fostering Agency provides a wide range of fostering, adoption and (Special Guardianship Order (SGO) services on behalf of the Isle of Man Government. The service is required primarily to provide a sufficient number of suitable foster carers and adoptive placements in relation to the numbers, needs, age range and characteristics of the Isle of Man looked after children population.
Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years post-qualifying experience in children and family services, (preferably in Fostering and Adoption), including the preparation and presentation of court reports. The service is commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and close liaison with DHSC workers and other agencies is a key part of the role.
The primary role of the FPS social worker is to recruit, train, assess, supervise and support foster carers, adopters and to assess, advise and support SGO carers. Support services are also provided to individuals and families involved in the life-long aspects of adoption including birth families and adopted adults. Tasks will be assigned according to Service need, expertise of the social worker and in accordance with the worker's development of different areas of practice knowledge. Workers will be trained in areas with which they may not have had direct experience.
1.To recruit, train, assess, supervise and support foster carers, and present Witness Statement Reports to the Fostering Panel & Court in relation to the child in placement
2.To recruit, prepare, assess and support adoptive families and present reports to the Adoption Panel & Court
3.To complete Special Guardianship Order Assessments and present reports to Court.
4.Match foster carers' and prospective adopters' abilities and skills with the assessed needs of the child requiring a placement with avoidance of delay
5.Minimise the number of moves children have and increase placement stability for looked after children in long term and permanent placements
6.Provide for sibling groups to be placed together when this is in their best interests
7.Assess and support Family and Friends foster carers in line with best practice
8.Promote continued learning and development of foster carers' and adopters' knowledge and skills, including through the delivery of training
9.Promote foster carers' and adopters' full involvement as equal partners in service development
10.Provide regular supervisory and support visits to foster carers', and adopters', offering advice in being responsive to the needs of the child/ren in placement - the frequency of visits/phone calls will vary according to individual need and any issues or concerns that arise during a placement but should be no less than 6 weekly.
11.Ensure all safeguarding policies and procedures are fully understood and adhered to by those in the Fostering and Adoption community.
12.Supporting foster carers' and, where appropriate, adopters', through the Quality of Care process, Safeguarding or Managing Allegations Against Staff (MASM) whilst at the same time ensuring the well-being of the child or young person.
13.To work with and provide support and information to birth parents who are connected to adoption.
14.To consider with the DHSC the possibility of early permanence through Concurrency or Fostering to Adopt placements.
15.To undertake Family Finding for children in the care of the DHSC with a care plan for Adoption.
16.To actively promote approved adoptive families to children from other local authorities in Great Britain to facilitate suitable and appropriate matches of children with carers.
17.To work in close co-operation with the placing agency to support adopted children and families pre and post placement, including post adoption support.
18.To attend placement and planning meetings and Fostering/Adoption Panels, completing and presenting associated reports as required.
19.To deliver a service in relation to birth parent support, life story work, step-parent adoptions, letter box contact, counselling and tracing for adult adoptees.
20.To work closely with the DHSC promoting a "joined up" approach, including taking the lead should a child's Social Worker require advice regarding fostering, adoption and family placement matters.
21.To offer guidance to the child's Social Worker on best practice in preparing reports, later life letters and life story work, when children are being considered for adoption, long-term fostering, or SGO care.
22.To participate in and contribute to FPS training and professional development in accordance with the role, keeping abreast of relevant legislation and best practice.
23.To attend regular supervision sessions with their line manager.
24.To attend case-work and team meetings.
25.To undertake any other such duties deemed appropriate to the role by the management team
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- Supervising Social Worker
- Isle of Man