Supervising Social Worker

Supervising Social Worker

Job Title: Supervising Social Worker

Location: Gateshead office, covering the North East

Contract Type: Permanent, Part Time (3 days a week)

Salary:  Up to £19,200 dependent on experience (FTE: £32,000)

Car Allowance: £1,800 (FTE: £3,000)

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced social worker who can demonstrate recent experience in fostering to join our team across the Gateshead Office, covering the North East area. The ideal candidate will share our ongoing commitment in providing excellence in the quality placements we provide for the children and young people in our care. This is a part-time role working 3 days a week 

Supervising Social Workers are responsible for managing fostering resources in an allocated area. The successful candidate will be responsible for recruiting, assessing, supervising, training and supporting foster carers and their placement's. Your primary responsibility will be providing quality and professional services by supervising and supporting allocated foster carers, their placements and completing necessary documentation.

This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Fostering Solutions. We are part of the National Fostering Agency Group and while we retain our own identity we have benefited from the support of NFA ’s services including working with thirteen other acquired fostering agencies nationwide.

The NFA Group is one of the largest independent providers of high quality foster care and special needs education and care. We partner closely with Local Authorities and UK foster carers to create the best possible opportunities and outcomes for child fostering. Now with Acorn Care and Education a part of the NFA family we provide special needs education and care across 17 schools and 17 residential care homes nationally.


Who we are looking for

You will need to be a qualified Social Worker and possess a good working knowledge of relevant legislation and their impact on fostering services.  Participation in an evening and weekend on call rota is expected and no additional payment is included.

You will be a strong communicator, both written and verbal, have good IT skills and be flexible and able to travel throughout the area. 

The successful candidate will also be required to travel regularly to the regional office in Otterbourne (near Winchester) for team meetings, training and professional supervision.


Essential Criteria

  • Qualified Social Worker (DipSW or CQSW or equivalent)
  • Car driver and access to a vehicle
  • Current registration with the relevant Social Work regulatory council (e.g HCPC)
  • Recent experience in services for children
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of, and an understanding of relevant legislation and minimum standards relating to fostering
  • Ability to use ICT effectively to fulfil job responsibilities 


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.



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