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Social Worker - Fostering

Social Care

Children's Services

Oldham Council

Social Worker - Fostering Team

People and Place


Ref: G6G7G8OL-56758

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £27,741 - £39,880 per annum (Grade 6/7/8)

Essential Car user allowance provided.

Hours: 36.66 per week

Based: Metropolitan Place, Hobson Street, Oldham OL1 1TT

Closing Date: Sunday 6th February 2022

Shortlisting: Monday 7th February 2022

Interview Dates: Friday 18th February 2022


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Service Overview:

In Oldham we have high aspirations to achieve the very best outcomes for children and their families and to sustain them in their communities to live their best lives.  We aim to ensure that all children and young people grow up in a safe and secure environment which meets their diverse needs and in which they can thrive.   Our approach is to develop children and families’ strengths and resilience, and we put them at the heart of everything we do, both as a Council and as an inter-agency partnership that we call #TeamOldham. 


We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and highly motivated social worker who shares our aspirations for children and young people in care in Oldham. You will be passionate about securing good outcomes for children, young people and families.  You will need a sound knowledge in the assessment of families and matching children’s needs, together with the skills and confidence to support and supervise Foster Carers in the best interests of children and young people in our care.


Ofsted has recognised the progress we have made as a Service overall and our vision and commitment to deliver the very best services for children and families.  Our strong response to the Covid 19 pandemic focussed on the delivery of services whilst ensuring our workforce was safe and supported, which received national media attention. 


In Oldham we maintain a relentless focus on the quality of practice and ensuring that our Social Workers have everything they need to do their job well and progress in their career.  We have a loyal, supportive and enthusiastic workforce who will give you a very warm welcome. 

Key Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for a caseload of Foster Carers offering support and supervision as well as undertaking both Form F and Form C Assessments and initial Kinship Viabilities and Regulation 24 Assessments. You will additionally be expected to be involved in covering our duty service which is available during office hours and taking calls from the general public enquiring about becoming a Foster Carer.


The Fostering Service supports mainstream Foster Carers and Connected Carers and you will join a team of Supervising Social Workers who support our carers.  We have plans to improve our support for carers by enabling our social workers to specialise in mainstream or kinship carer work and you will be part of this exciting development. 


If you have a strong commitment to working to secure good outcomes for children in our care and operate in an environment that is supportive and targeted towards effective delivery, we would like to hear from you.


Our Offer to You:

We want the very best professionals who share our determination to make a real

difference to children’s lives and you will be rewarded for your expertise.  Our range of benefits includes:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee assistance Scheme
  • Flexible and agile working arrangements
  • A bespoke workplace designed for social workers
  • Cycle to work Scheme
  • Fit for Oldham Scheme which offers free health and fitness opportunities
  • Employee discount card
  • Essential Car User Allowance for designated posts with fully subsidised parking
  • An Employment Assistance Scheme that provides 24 hours access to advice and support
  • Paid leave (up to 31 days excluding bank holidays dependent on length of service and opportunity to buy extra leave through the council’s purchase scheme)

Key Requirements:

In order to apply for this exciting position, we need you to have:

  • A DIPSW or degree level social work
  • HCPC registration
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Substantial post qualification experience in statutory childcare services
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Ability to use IT equipment and applications
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Willingness to improve practice of self and others
  • An enhanced DBS check

Oldham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS and Requires Registration to the DBS Update Service.  If successful, you will be required to register to the DBS Update Service to enable the Council to undertake rechecks throughout your employment.  The cost to register is £13 and can be claimed back upon commencement to the role but will not be refunded if you do not accept the offer of employment. 


This post requires registration to Social Work England. 


About Us:

Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough.  Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.


The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses.  Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater. Jobs pages Working for Oldham


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Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy. 

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