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Senior Practitioner (Children Social Care)

Job Introduction

The Fostering Service at Milton Keynes Council is a large friendly dynamic team, it is managed by one Operational Manager and supported by two Deputy Team Managers who focus on the day to day running of the service. There are two strands to the team including Support & Supervision and Recruitment & Assessment.

Together we are responsible for the recruitment, assessment, support and supervision of mainstream and kinship Foster Carers. We assess, review and monitor private fostering arrangements. We offer support, advise and assistance to our Special Guardian’s post order. We are a busy team, managing a duty service, family finding for new or existing children in care, responding to queries and enquiries from our carers balancing support alongside ensuring we are compliant with Fostering Regulations and National Minimum Standards.

Main Responsibility

This role is in relation to the Support and Supervision side of the Fostering Team.

Main responsibilities include;

Providing Support and Supervision to approved Foster Carers

Supporting with Training and Development of Foster Carers

Facilitating and attending Foster Carer Support Groups

Supporting the effective running of the duty service which includes matching and making placements

Providing Post Order support to Special Guardians

Completing Foster Carer Annual Reviews

Keeping accurate records

Presenting at Fostering Panel

Ensuring Foster Carer Compliance

Form F’s updates and other key assessments

Using reflection, other techniques and development tools to continually improve professional practice.

Participate in staff meetings and contribute to the development of the team and the wider service.

Supervision of staff will also be required

 

The Ideal Candidate

Social Work Qualification and registration with Social Work England

Enhanced DBS, driving license and a car user

Knowledge of main issues in relation to own client group and awareness of the legislative framework within which the role operates.

Proven ability to relate professionally with Children and Families

Ability to analyse, summarise and write/record relevant information to a high level

Able to communicate well with Foster Carers and children in addition to other colleagues, able to communicate effectively in writing

Ability to use IT systems effectively to record

Able to manage own work load effectively and willing to support other staff when need arises.

Ability to work as part of a team including working co-operatively with other professionals and agencies to meet the needs of the Foster Carers and children they care for.

Able to be child and family centred and treat all with respect and empathy

Ability to question, challenge, solve problems and complete tasks

Able to make considered decisions, analyse and evaluate information

Flexible and willing to adapt to change

Ability to maintain up to date records

Ability to share any perceived difficulties with Supervisor openly

Takes responsibility for quality and completion of own work within standards

Able to manage own time effectively

Package Description

​We are really proud of the benefits we are able to offer our staff here at Milton Keynes Council, including:-

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, considered to be one of the best employer contribution rates of 19.7%
  • 27 days annual leave per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 31 days after 5 years
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Our Professional Development Centre provides access to courses such as in-house management development programmes endorsed by the Institute of Leadership, Apprenticeship Programmes (junior and senior), coaching and mentoring and access to our Smarter Learning portal
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Health Cashplan
  • MK Advantage benefits package – a range of savings on a wide range of retail, leisure and entertainment products and services such as Pizza Express, M&S, B&Q, John Lewis and Arriva Travel.
  • SmartGo – Aimed at encouraging low-carbon transport and healthy lifestyle with discounted travel e.g. Halfords, Arriva, Europcar, National Railcards and Stagecoach.
  • Homebuy Scheme (for eligible roles)
  • Smarter working which provides the opportunity to work from various locations including from home for a proportion of your role (subject to business needs)
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements
  • Childcare Subsidy

About the Company

 

 

Milton Keynes is a diverse, multi cultural, adrenaline packed expanding city with so much to offer on its door step. From beautiful open spaces, a busy theatre district, large shopping centre to a number of cultural and leisure facilities.

Milton Keynes Council has an array of responsibilities, such as: education, housing, highways and social services. Altogether, the council provides over 240 services to the citizens of Milton Keynes, and to meet such an extensive and diverse range of challenges we must be innovative and dynamic to provide services successfully to meet the increasing demands that will accompany the growth of Milton Keynes. How better to contribute to that continued success than through a unique and rewarding career with us. If you want to make a difference and experience a fulfilling job measured on outcomes and results with great work-life balance, make a move to Milton Keynes Council.

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