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Supervising Social Worker (Maternity Cover)

Acorn Fostering Services is an Independent Fostering Agency based in Leicester and operating across Midlands and north of England. We have been graded Good by the Ofsted.

We are looking for a Supervising Social Worker with experience of working in fostering to join our team in Leicester on a temporary basis to provide maternity cover commencing from around Mid-August 2021.

Hours: 37 per week

Salary: £25,242 per annum pro rata to £34,950 per annum pro rata depending upon the experience.

You will be involved in Supervising, training and supporting foster carers and promoting the welfare of children placed with us.

You must be a qualified social worker, registered with Social Work England and have a valid driving licence and access to a car for travel. The successful candidate will require an enhanced DBS clearance.

For further information contact Lionel Boyce, Fostering Manager on 0116 2513550 or email

Completed application form must be emailed to or posted to: Acorn Fostering Services, 80 Burleys Way, Leicester LE1 3BD

Closing date: Monday, 21 June 2021, 12pm

Interviews to be held: week commencing 28 June 2021

  • JOB TITLE: Supervising Social Worker (Maternity Cover)
  • HOURS OF WORK: 37 hours Per Week
  • SALARY SCALE: £25,242-£34,950 per annum pro rata to the hours worked, depending upon experience
  • RESPONSIBLE TO: Fostering Manager
  • ACCOUNTABLE TO: Directors


The Supervising Social Worker manages fostering resources in an allocated area, recruiting, assessing, supervising, training and supporting foster carers in their placements.

This includes promoting the agency’s values, qualities and standards to ensure a professional service for local authorities with the aim of achieving improved outcomes and experiences for children and young people placed with our foster carers, whilst working in the legislative and regulatory framework.

Working in accordance with current safeguarding and child protection practices, regulations, National Minimum Standards and guidance.

Supervision and support of allocated foster carers and their placements ensuring compliance with the agency’s values, standards and processes as well as statutory and regulatory requirements by:
  • Managing a caseload of 13-15 fostering families at any given time.
  • Visiting and maintaining contact on an agreed basis in accordance with agency guidelines and policies, to support, supervise and guide the foster carer
  • Working flexibly to ensure an appropriate level of support is offered and maintained this includes responding outside of normal hours if required as well as providing ‘out of hours’ duty cover on a scheduled basis
  • Identifying and advising the line manager or senior manager of problems arising with carers and/or their placements ensuring appropriate and timely action may follow
  • Reporting significant issues/and or complaints, incidents, allegations in accordance with Schedule 7 notifications to the line manager immediately
  • Facilitating and participating in foster carers support groups
  • Undertaking annual review of foster carers in a timely manner and presenting at Panel in accordance with the agency procedures and in conjunction with the management
  • Carrying out tasks such as annual foster carer Health and Safety checks, unannounced visits, regular risk assessments etc in line with the agency’s requirement and regulations.
  • Recruitment and assessment of prospective carers in accordance with agency’s policies and procedures with supervision by the appropriate Manager.

    This includes:
  • Assisting with local recruitment activities, including participation in initiatives, as well as monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness of methods
  • Undertaking preliminary visits, undertaking thorough and formal assessment using the BAAF Form F, presenting Form F to the fostering panel ensuring compliance with the agency’s standards and processes as well as statutory and regulatory requirements.

  • Actively promoting training and development of foster carers, colleagues and own personal needs by:

  • Supporting and identifying training and development needs of allocated foster carers, monitoring achievement and attendance at training sessions
  • Completing Personal Development Plans
  • Undertaking training for personal development both internally and externally
  • Delivering training for foster carers on a group basis when appropriate
  • Taking responsibility for own professional continuing development and participation in agency training initiatives
  • Sharing knowledge with colleagues

  • Maintaining timely and accurate records of information, making full use of the agency’s recording and information systems ensuring

  • Information is recorded promptly, accurately and appropriately
  • Accurate checks and reports are prepared and presented as required in accordance with agreed timescales
  • Full and appropriate use (and in compliance with agency policy) is made of the agency’s network and IT equipment

  • Promotes the agency externally ensuring that the agency policy to offer a professional, high quality fostering service to all its customers and users is recognised and achieved through:

  • Representing Acorn Fostering Services to local authorities and other relevant or associated organisations in accordance with the aims, values and mission of the organisation
  • Establishing new links and contacts with local authorities and other associated organisations
  • Contributing to development of new business in liaison with the Senior Management and the Acorn Fostering Services Business Plan.

  • Works in liaison with the management to achieve improvements and enhance standards throughout Acorn Fostering Services through policy, application and relationships by:

  • Contributing to and facilitating consultation processes with carers
  • Constantly monitoring and undertaking internal auditing Attends and participates in meetings and team events as required.
  • Other
  • Participating in a weekly duty rota system to deal with crisis, placement procurement and undertaking any duty as required by management Participates in annual performance review programme.
  • Participating in the agency’s out of hours rota system.
  • Works in accordance with the Acorn Fostering Services’ policies and procedures.
  • Undertakes such other duties as may be reasonably requested of a Supervising Social Worker by Acorn Fostering Services Management .

  • The agency is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults within its care. As an employee you are accountable to ensure that you know how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult. The agency will support you in this process by providing training, support and advice. The agency has a safeguarding lead who can be contacted for guidance.
  • This job description is subject to changes as and when required in line with the requirements of the agency and/or legislation.


  • Dip SW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent Social Work Qualification.
    Social Work England registration

  • Desirable

  • Practice Teaching Award
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • Relevant Experience

  • Experience of undertaking an assessment of foster carers.
  • Experience of supervising foster carers
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and meeting delivery standards

  • Desirable

  • 3 years post qualifying experience in family placement or child care settings
  • Experience of working in family placement.
  • Experience of supervising student placements
  • Experience of using counselling skills in a Professional setting.

  • Knowledge

  • Detailed knowledge of Children Act 1989 & 2004.
  • The Fostering Regulations 2011 and other relevant legislations.
  • Child protection issues and needs of children who require family placement.
  • National Minimum Standards in relation to Fostering.

  • Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to assess and support families and match their skills with children needing placement.
  • Skills and ability to analyse information
  • Proven planning and organisational skills
  • A commitment to and knowledge of equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Ability to represent AFS in a responsible and effective manner.
  • IT literacy

  • Desirable

  • Experience of providing training and facilitating foster cares support group.
  • Ability to liaise effectively within and external local, regional and National agencies.


  • Ability to prioritise and manage workload.
  • Ability to write clear reports.
  • Ability to make effective use of supervision.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible attitude and approach


  • Able to work outside normal office hours as required.
  • Good health record that demonstrates an ability to cope with the demands of the work.
  • A positive and flexible attitude to changes and development.
  • Current driving licence with use of car and willing to work anywhere within the midland region.

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    Independent Form F Assessors required

    Acorn Fostering Services Ltd is an independent fostering agency operating mainly in the Midland region.  We are seeking experienced Independent Form F assessors to undertake Form F assessments for prospective carers all areas of the Midlands and surrounding Counties.

    As a qualified and HCPC registered social worker, you will have proven experience of carrying out assessments of potential foster carers. A good knowledge of fostering regulations, child care law and safeguarding issues is essential. You will have excellent analytical, verbal and written communication skills and a commitment to high-quality practice.

    Please download, Application Form & Job Description from the link below.  The successful candidates will be required to provide at least two positive professional references and an enhanced DBS.

    For further information on this role, please contact Amanda Norman, Senior Recruitment Officer on 0116 2513550.

    For application form related enquiries, please contact Ms Prina Gohil on or ring on 0116 251350

    Acorn Fostering Services Ltd is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

    Completed application Form must be emailed to or

    Posted to:

    Acorn Fostering Services

    Acorn Conference Centre

    78-80 Burleys Way


    LE1 3BD

    Job description:

    • Supervised by: Senior Recruitment Officer (SRO)
    • Accountable to:Registered Manager – Fostering
    • Local Office Base:Leicester
    • Required to Travel:Yes
    • Location:Required in the following regions:
    • East Midland
    • West Midland
    • North of England
    • Terms of engagement:£1700-£1850 per full Form F assessment once completed and approved. This rate is based on 50 hours work and is to include an average of 10 visits and attendance at panel. This includes mileage allowance for applicants living within 25 miles radius from your home address. If your assignment is carried out at a distance beyond 25 miles of your home, an extra 10% will be paid to you.
    • For payment, an invoice will need to be submitted to the agency. Payment will be made by BACS; bank details must be included in the invoice.
    • Independent assessors will be responsible for paying their own tax and NI.

    • Key activities/tasks

      The Independent Assessor/Social Worker will be responsible for:

    • Familiarising themselves with the information already received in respect of the application, preliminary report, applicant information form, stage 1 checks should be monitored throughout assessment. An agreement for assessment must be completed and signed by assessor and applicants and sent to the SRO after the first visit.
    • Contacting the applicants within 2 working days of allocation of the Form F assessment to arrange the first visit;
    • Completing the DBS forms at the first visit and returning the ID documents to the administrator immediately;
    • Advising the applicants to make medical appointments (first visit) and informing the administrator of the dates the medicals are booked for;
    • Completing the assessment within 12 weeks. A minimum of 8 assessment visits are required which should take approximately 2 hours per session and should take place at the applicant’s home. If the applicants are a couple, then they must be seen individually on at least one occasion each;
    • Interviewing children of the household. Observing children in the household if it is not appropriate to interview (age/understanding);
    • Interviewing ex partners (who must be interviewed unless agreed otherwise by the SRO);
    • Interviewing the adult children/children not living in the household;
    • Interviewing any other person living in the household;
    • Completing a minimum of two personal referee visits with written reports (must be unrelated to the applicants/know them well for at least two years//nor should they be the applicants line manager or managed by the applicants;)
    • Completing 1 family reference;
    • Completing any additional references as identified;
    • Monitoring the contents of statutory checks and references/cross reference against information provided by the applicants during the assessment (raise any concerns with the SRO immediately);
    • Advising the SRO/administrator of any work with children/vulnerable adult including voluntary positions that the applicants have undertaken but has not recorded on the Applicant Information form (examples – youth clubs/dance classes/support in schools etc);
    • Completing Health and Safety documents (any concerns to be brought to the attention of the SRO immediately);
    • Completing the assessment within the timescale and to a high standard;
    • Typing and proof reading of the form F and to make available an electronic version to the agency;
    • Making amendment to assessment as requested and within identified timescale;
    • Panel date should not be changed unless agreed by SRO;
    • Explaining the panel process to the applicants prior to their attendance at panel;
    • Presenting of the assessment report and supporting applicants at Panel;
    • Adhering to agency policies and procedures;
    • Support applicants to produce carers profile and welcome booklet;
    • Complete back up carers visit and assessment as applicable;
    • Ensuring that confidentiality and security is maintained when dealing with all information/materials. Ensuring that all data is treated in accordance with the requirements of Data protection legislation, Fostering Regulations, the National Minimum Standards for Fostering and OFSTED Requirements.

    • Notes:
    • All references should be face to face and should be undertaken early /mid-way through the assessment;
    • Personal referees must be interviewed face to face unless they live too far away, then agreement for a telephone interview must be sort from the fostering manager through the SRO;
    • If adult children are travelling/living abroad etc, then written reference/email/skype/telephone interview may be undertaken with the agreement of the fostering through the SRO.
    • All ex partners should be interviewed (irrespective of whether they have had children together or not). If they refuse to meet face to face then discussions must take place with the SRO to agree how references should be obtained;
    • If interviewing an ex-partner could represent a risk to the applicants or their family then this information will need to be verified by a source other than the applicants.
    • References visits should be signed by the ASW. Any concerns arising from referee interviews must be brought to the attention of the SRO immediately.
    • Assessor will meet with SRO for supervision 3 times and regularly liaise as required.
    • SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS The agency is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults within its care. As an Independent Assessor, you are accountable for ensuring that you know how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult. The agency will support you in this process by providing training, support and advice. The agencies safeguarding lead is Lionel Boyce and he can be contacted for guidance.


    Dip SW, CQSW or equivalent social work qualification


    HCPC registration

    Relevant Experience

    Experience of carrying out form F assessment of prospective carers


    Experience of working with looked after children

    Knowledge and understanding

    Knowledge of Ofsted, National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services

    Knowledge of the current Fostering Services Regulations

    Knowledge of current child care legislation


    Experience of working with the secure based model

    Skills and Abilities

    Ability to write clear reports

    Ability to analyse and interpret information objectively

    Excellent written and verbal communication skills

    Excellent inter personal skills

    Ability to explain information in a clear and concise manner

    Good administrative skills

    Good planning and organisation skills

    Ability to use computers

    Ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines


    Ability to use the agency database


    Commitment to and knowledge of equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice

    Ability work outside normal office hours as required

    A positive and flexible attitude to changes and developments

    Current driving licence and use of car

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