Social Care

Social Work Assistant

Full Time Permanent

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Job Title: Social Work Assistant

Location: Ringwood, Dorset

Salary: up to £21,000 per annum

Working Pattern: Permanent, Full Time, 40 hours per week, 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday with weekend out of hours on a rota basis

Blue Sky Fostering has an exciting opportunity for a Social Work Assistant to join the team in the Dorset area. This position is full time and holds a requirement to travel to placements and visits in and around Ringwood.

The Role

Blue Sky Fostering has a brilliant opportunity for a dedicated and dependable individual, with relevant experience of working with children and young people, to join the team as a Social Work Assistant in the Dorset area, working in conjunction with our hub in Ringwood.

We are looking for someone to assist our social workers and foster carers in delivering the Blue Sky + Therapeutically Led Care Service (TLC). The Social Work Assistant will be responsible for supporting the young person’s progress in the TLC Programme by engaging in direct, focussed work with them in the community, in leisure activities or at school.

As a Social Work Assistant, you will be there to provide one to one support to young people on the programme. You will be expected to build positive relationships with the child and help them to trust and feel safe with adults. You will also be expected to model acceptable behaviour, promote pro-social behaviour and practice problem solving skills.

The successful candidate will work closely with a Supervising Social Worker to offer support and provide vital assistance for a variety of tasks that contribute to ensuring children’s care and development needs are met. As directed, you will be responsible for planning, facilitating and delivering a range of support services. This includes implementing group activities for carers, children and young people, undertaking visits to placements, supervising children at Blue Sky social events and contributing to the production and publication of monthly written reports on each child placed.

Location

For this role, willingness to travel and use of a car is essential as the successful applicant will be required to travel to a range of appointments across the Dorset area.

What we’re looking for

To apply for this position, it is essential you:

* Hold a full UK Driving Licence and have a vehicle

* Are willing to undertake an enhanced DBS

* Have experience in working with children and young people, including managing challenging behaviour

* Have a good understanding and awareness of child protection issues

* Able to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing with a wide audience

* Willing to undertake out of hours/weekend work on a rota basis to attend events, meetings and training

* Share a commitment to Equal Opportunities in all work practices and to improving the lives of Looked After Children

Why work for us?

* Generous Annual Leave – 28 days PLUS your Bank Holiday Entitlement

* Annual Leave increase after 3 full years of service by 1 day – up until a max of 12 years

* Birthday Leave – a paid day off for your birthday

* Good Health Days – no sickness in a 6 month period and get an additional day off!

* Refer A Friend Scheme with a monetary incentive

* Comprehensive Employee Assistance Platform that provides access to advice and support 24/7

* Auto Enrolment Pension

* Learning & Development Opportunities

* Optional Private Healthcare Scheme

* Eyecare Vouchers

* Cycle to Work scheme

* Optional Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave/Shared Parental Leave

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