Fostering Panel Advisor (Part-time - 21.6hrs)

Having been awarded ‘Good’ by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us in Croydon Children’s Services. As if that wasn’t enough, Croydon has been named as the London Borough of Culture for 2023. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and, the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.

Croydon Fostering

The Fostering Service recruit, assess, support and develop foster carers. The teams match children to families and provide continual support. Placement support is a real strength across the fostering service, as it strives to achieve permanence and the very best outcomes for the children in care in Croydon. This is an exciting time within the Fostering Service as there are many new developments taking place and it is a great opportunity to be part of a supportive and dedicated team.

Croydon Children’s Services is seeking to recruit to a part time Fostering Panel Advisor in our Fostering Service to cover the fostering panel based in Croydon. We need a competent and committed social work professional, who has experience of fostering and who will work effectively to improve outcomes for our children and young people.

The role

The successful candidate will:

  • Contribute to the achievement of Croydon Council’s key purposes and to the continuous improvement of its performance.

  • Advise, monitor and report on fostering practices and performance.

  • Ensure effective quality assurance mechanisms and systems are in place in order to achieve excellence and positive outcomes for children, prospective foster carers and approved foster carers.

  • Quality assure all reports, using IT portal or paper format prepared for panel to make sure they meet the necessary standards and that all relevant documents are available for panel members within statutory and regulatory timescales.

  • Ensure compliance of the Council’s policies and procedures.

  • Together with the panel chair, have responsibility for ensuring that appropriately experienced and qualified panel members are recruited, inducted and receive training and annual appraisals.

  • Be a member of the Fostering management team providing vision and innovation in service planning and service delivery.

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of fostering and to develop effective practice amongst social work staff.

Excellent written and verbal communications are essential, so too is a creative approach to getting compelling messages across.