Senior Social Worker - Fostering

ROOM4U Teenage Fostering Dean and Cauvin Trust
£32,721 - £35,499 per year plus £175 on call allowance paid for each on call period worked
01 Aug 2017
01 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Post Title:                     Senior Social Worker- Fostering

Reports to:                   Fostering Manager

Employment Type :    Permanent

Location :                      Edinburgh

Closing Date :              Friday 1st September

Interview Date:           Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12thSeptember

Salary :                          £32721 - £35499 plus £175 on call allowance paid for each on call period worked



Dean and Cauvin have been working with Edinburgh's young people for 284 years. So we thought we'd use our experience to start a fostering service especially for teenagers and young parents with babies. The success of this project means we are now ready to recruit an experienced social worker to join our team.

This post offers an opportunity to join a new and exciting venture in the specialist area of teenage fostering, within our small friendly charity.

You will provide support to foster carers and you will also take a lead role in the recruitment and assessment of new foster carers. 

For an informal chat about this role, please call Tanya Gray on 0131 337 3295.  

Main purpose of job:

To support the Fostering Manager in the recruitment, training, assessment, support and supervision of foster carers ensuring high quality placements are available for teenagers and mother and baby placements.  

As a senior practitioner, you will have extensive experience of work with children and families.  These are challenging roles so you will need to have a sound understanding of teenagers and provide flexible, dynamic and creative interventions to support carers.

You will have undertaken complex parenting, ideally Form F assessments and be experienced in groupwork and facilitating training courses.  Knowledge of child development, therapeutic parenting and the impact of trauma is also needed.

The ability to challenge and be assertive whilst offering support is a particular skill needed in this role. As a can-do person who can motivate, innovate and inspire you will also need to be able to think on your feet to manage risk in complex situations.



  1. To produce comprehensive, professional assessments of prospective foster carers using BAAF Form ‘F' and the competency model.
  2. To present analytical assessment and review reports to the foster panel within agreed timescales.
  3. To contribute to the foster carer's initial and post-approval training programme, including ‘Skills to Foster' and other foster carer groups.
  4. To support approved foster carers by regular home visits, telephone calls, attendance at reviews and liaison with the team around the young people.
  5. To take responsibility for ensuring young people are in safe, caring placements that offer protection and meet safeguarding requirements.
  6. To undertake ‘out of hours' on-call duty on a rota basis.
  7. To keep accurate and up to date case records of ongoing support and supervision of foster carers and record significant occurrences or incidents in line with current legislation.
  8. To market Dean and Cauvin to Local Authorities liaising with appropriate professionals ensuring information is given to facilitate matching young people's needs to suitable foster carers.
  9. To work within the National Care Standards and the Fostering Regulations and have a good understanding of Scottish Legislation.
  10. To participate in and complete tasks for regular professional supervision and continue to develop skills and knowledge.
  11. To work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice at all times.
  12. To take responsibility for ensuring all health and safety recommendations for foster carers are implemented within agreed timescales and ensuring the health and safety of all children with foster carers.
  13. To identify the need and undertake risk assessments, particularly in relation to the regulations and standards and ensure all risk assessments are completed in a timely manner. 
  14. To actively promote the participation of service users in the development of the service.
  15. To participate in ongoing self-evaluation and preparation for Inspection by the Care Inspectorate
  16. Any other duties relevant to the post.



The nature of Dean and Cauvin's business means that our work can be unpredictable. Staff are therefore expected to work flexibly and occasionally undertake tasks which are not specifically covered in the job description.


See also:
Person specification for Senior Social Worker Fostering final.docx
DC APP FORM AUG 2015.docx