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Form F Assessors - Norfolk

We're looking for Form F Assessors in Norfolk

We are often looking for independent assessors to work with our foster carers during the assessment process. You will need to be a qualified Social Worker, HCPC registered with experience of completing Form Fs to a high standard. Generous rates offered. Requirements for the role:

  • A qualified social worker
  • Three years post qualification experience
  • HCPC registered for at least one year
  • Experience in completing Form F assessments
  • Your own transport and to be willing to travel
  • To pass statutory and company checks

Please send your CV, along with a covering letter to recruitment@bsnsocialcare.co.uk.

 

Form F Assessors - East London

We're looking for Form F Assessors in East London

We are often looking for independent assessors to work with our foster carers during the assessment process. You will need to be a qualified Social Worker, HCPC registered with experience of completing Form Fs to a high standard. Generous rates offered. Requirements for the role:

  • A qualified social worker
  • Three years post qualification experience
  • HCPC registered for at least one year
  • Experience in completing Form F assessments
  • Your own transport and to be willing to travel
  • To pass statutory and company checks

Please send your CV, along with a covering letter to recruitment@bsnsocialcare.co.uk.

Form F Assessors - South West

We're looking for Form F Assessors in the South West

We are often looking for independent assessors to work with our foster carers during the assessment process. You will need to be a qualified Social Worker, HCPC registered with experience of completing Form Fs to a high standard. Generous rates offered. Requirements for the role:

  • A qualified social worker
  • Three years post qualification experience
  • HCPC registered for at least one year
  • Experience in completing Form F assessments
  • Your own transport and to be willing to travel
  • To pass statutory and company checks

Please send your CV, along with a covering letter to recruitment@bsnsocialcare.co.uk.

Form F Assessors - North and East Midlands

We're looking for Form F Assessors in the North and East Midlands

We are often looking for independent assessors to work with our foster carers during the assessment process. You will need to be a qualified Social Worker, HCPC registered with experience of completing Form Fs to a high standard. Generous rates offered. Requirements for the role:

  • A qualified social worker
  • Three years post qualification experience
  • HCPC registered for at least one year
  • Experience in completing Form F assessments
  • Your own transport and to be willing to travel
  • To pass statutory and company checks

Please send your CV, along with a covering letter to recruitment@bsnsocialcare.co.uk.

Form F Assessors - Central Region (Cambridge)

We're looking for Form F Assessors in Cambridge

We are often looking for independent assessors to work with our foster carers during the assessment process. You will need to be a qualified Social Worker, HCPC registered with experience of completing Form Fs to a high standard. Generous rates offered. Requirements for the role:

  • A qualified social worker
  • Three years post qualification experience
  • HCPC registered for at least one year
  • Experience in completing Form F assessments
  • Your own transport and to be willing to travel
  • To pass statutory and company checks

Please send your CV, along with a covering letter to recruitment@bsnsocialcare.co.uk.

 

Sessional Support Worker – Watford

Sessional Support Worker - £15 per hour (£10.70 travel time and report writing. 38p mileage) - Watford

Must be able to work after school and weekends and be willing to travel

Must hold a clean, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car and include business insurance

Do you want to work with a Foster Care organisation who care about you and your learning and development?

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions; Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is an established Independent Fostering organisation, operating across England. We provide different services including mainstream fostering for children aged 0-18, Parent and Child placements, and we also have a Specialist Fostering Service providing more intensive therapeutic foster placements to children and young people.

Support Worker

The Support Worker supports the young person’s progress in the Nexus 360 foster placement. Nexus 360 is a specialist service designed to meet the needs of young people who have experienced neglect, trauma and rejection. The child or young person’s behaviour may be difficult, presenting both challenges and rewards. It is a therapeutically led model overseen by a qualified psychologist. It offers a more intensive support package to our foster carers that includes a support worker for the child or young person.

The support worker will be working with the child or young person in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, they provide one to one support to children and young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers. This post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults. All applicants must have a valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Main Duties

  • Working closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the foster carers and foster placement.
  • Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the therapeutic team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobbies, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
  • To deliver programmes of work which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified in their therapeutic Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
  • Establish objectives, plan and deliver support services which promote longevity and stability in placements.
  • Provide one to one support to young people on the programme within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem solving skills.
  • Communicate a positive regard for the young person to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
  • To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
  • To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
  • To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / Project Manager.
  • To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
  • Write a short report after each session with the young person.
  • Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.
  • Team Member Responsibilities:
  • To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
  • To work flexible hours including non-office hours to support young people outside of school hours and weekends.
  • To observe and provide information to the therapeutic team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
  • To attend therapeutic team meetings as required.
  • To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
  • To work with the therapeutic team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
  • Experience working with children with complex emotional needs

Additional Duties

The Post Holder will be expected to undertake training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post.

The Post Holder will be expected to ensure that Health and Safety is observed in the course of employment.

The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the Nexus Fostering Equal Opportunities policy in all employment practices.

The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the no smoking policy.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you.

CVs to: valerief@nexusfostering.co.uk

 

Supervising Social Worker - Central Region (Cambridgeshire)

Supervising Social Worker, £28,000 — £32,000 per annum based on experience - 37 hours per week – Permanent - Full time – Central Region (Cambridgeshire)


Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that has been graded as 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted?


Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that cares as much about its staff as it does about their children and young people?


If you answered yes to the above questions then Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!


Main Duties

•    To be responsible for up to 8 active and complex cases.
•    To complete Form F assessments.
•    Out of hours duty rota
•    To participate in IV’s and training as allocated.
•    To operate within the current legislation, regulations and guidance set out for Fostering Services.
•    To participate in the active recruitment of foster carers.
•    To undertake professional assessments of foster carers, (currently Form F model) and present written reports to the fostering panel.
•    To assist in providing preparation training for prospective foster carers.
•    To participate and present post-approval training for foster carers.
•    To undertake office based duties and the matching of both emergency and planned referrals to available resources.
•    To take part in our out of hours support and advice service for all foster carers.
•    To manage a caseload of foster carers and the children and young people with complex needs placed with them, providing a high level of supervision and support.
•    To maintain client confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act and other objectives or guidance.
•    To take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/herself and of other persons who may be affected by their acts and omissions and co-operate with management to enable management to carry out their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Employees have equal responsibility with the company for health and safety at work.
•    This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and you are expected to share this commitment.
•    To undertake any other duties that could reasonably fall within the scope of this post it is the nature of Nexus Fostering that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff, therefore, are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises where tasks are not specifically covered in the Job Description have to be undertaken. Any other duties will be dependent upon the post holder’s areas of expertise, knowledge and skills and with regard to the level of responsibility afforded to the post.

Requirements

•    Dip SW/CQSW/Social Work Degree/GSCC registration/PQ award and current HCPC registration.
•    Ability to manage and support foster carers.
•    Experience of assessing and supervising foster carers is desirable.
•    Full clean driver’s licence and supply own vehicle

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency. Set up in 2002 by qualified and experienced social workers. Nexus Fostering place a high premium on the quality of support and care we provide to every one of our Foster Carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them. Nexus Fostering has been awarded 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
 
Why work for us?

In return for your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:

•    28 days holiday in your first year
•    Birthday day off
•    Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a further day off)
•    Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
•    Fostertalk membership
•    Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
•    Optional Private healthcare scheme.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you.
CV to: alinat@nexusfostering.co.uk 
 

Sessional Support Worker - Ipswich

Sessional Support Worker - £15 per hour (£10.70 travel time and report writing. 38p mileage) - Ipswich


Must be able to work after school and weekends and be willing to travel
Must hold a clean, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car and include business insurance
Do you want to work with a Foster Care organisation who care about you and your learning and development?
Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people?
If you answered yes to the above questions; Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!


Who we are?
Nexus Fostering is an established Independent Fostering organisation, operating across England. We provide different services including mainstream fostering for children aged 0-18, Parent and Child placements, and we also have a Specialist Fostering Service providing more intensive therapeutic foster placements to children and young people.


Support Worker
The Support Worker supports the young person’s progress in the Nexus 360 foster placement. Nexus 360 is a specialist service designed to meet the needs of young people who have experienced neglect,
trauma and rejection. The child or young person’s behaviour may be difficult, presenting both challenges and rewards. It is a therapeutically led model overseen by a qualified psychologist. It offers a more intensive support package to our foster carers that includes a support worker for the child or young person.
The support worker will be working with the child or young person in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, they provide one to one support to children and young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers. This post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults. All applicants must have a valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.


Main Duties 
•    Working closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the foster carers and foster placement. 
•    Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the therapeutic team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobbies, addressing self-harmful behaviour. 
•    To deliver programmes of work which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified in their therapeutic Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
•    Establish objectives, plan and deliver support services which promote longevity and stability in placements.
•    Provide one to one support to young people on the programme within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem solving skills.
•    Communicate a positive regard for the young person to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
•    To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
•    To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
•    To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / Project Manager. 
•    To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
•    Write a short report after each session with the young person.
•    Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.
•    Team Member Responsibilities:
•    To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
•    To work flexible hours including non-office hours to support young people outside of school hours and weekends.
•    To observe and provide information to the therapeutic team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
•    To attend therapeutic team meetings as required.
•    To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
•    To work with the therapeutic team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
•    Experience working with children with complex emotional needs
Additional Duties


The Post Holder will be expected to undertake training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post.


The Post Holder will be expected to ensure that Health and Safety is observed in the course of employment.


The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the Nexus Fostering Equal Opportunities policy in all employment practices.


The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the no smoking policy.


Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you.


CVs to: suel@nexusfostering.co.uk 
 

Family Support Worker - Harrow

Family Support Worker | £17,000 - £24,000 per annum based on experience | Permanent – 37 hours a week | Full Time | Flexible to include evenings/Weekends. | London

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that has been graded as 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted?

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that cares as much about its staff as it does about their children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions then Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

Main Purpose of job

The Support Worker supports the young person’s progress in the Nexus 360 foster placement. Nexus 360 is a specialist service designed to meet the needs of young people who have experienced neglect, trauma and rejection. The child or young person’s behaviour may be difficult, presenting both challenges and rewards. It is a therapeutically led model overseen by a qualified psychologist. It offers a more intensive support package to our foster carers that includes a support worker for the child or young person.

The support worker will be working with the child or young person in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, they provide one to one support to children and young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers. This post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults.

Main Duties

  • Working closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the foster carers and foster placement.
  • Experience working with children with complex behaviours
  • Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the therapeutic team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobbies, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
  • Conduct regular visits and telephone contact with foster carers as directed by the Supervising Social Worker and attend planning and review meetings.
  • To deliver programmes of work which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified in their therapeutic Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
  • Establish objectives, plan and deliver support services which promote longevity and stability in placements.
  • Provide one to one support to young people on the programme within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem solving skills.
  • Communicate a positive regard for the young person to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
  • To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
  • To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
  • To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / Project Manager.
  • To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
  • Write a short report after each session with the young person.
  • Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.

Team Member Responsibilities:

  • To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
  • To work flexible hours including non-office hours to support young people outside of school hours and weekends.
  • To observe and provide information to the therapeutic team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
  • To attend therapeutic team meetings as required.
  • To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
  • To work with the therapeutic team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
  • Work with participation Officer to organise and support participation events.
  • Must hold a clean, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car and include business insurance.
  • Must be able to work weekends and after school during the week and be willing to travel

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency. Set up in 2002 by qualified and experienced social workers. Nexus Fostering place a high premium on the quality of support and care we provide to every one of our Foster Carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them. Nexus Fostering has been awarded 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Why work for us?

In return for your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:

  • 28 days holiday in your first year
  • Birthday day off
  • Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a further day off)
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Fostertalk membership
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
  • Optional Private healthcare scheme.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you

CV to: valerief@nexusfostering.co.uk

Supervising Social Worker - Ampthill

Supervising Social Worker, £28,000 -£34,000 per annum based on experience - 37 hours per week – Permanent - Full time – Luton, Nexus 3 Counties Office

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that has been graded as 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted?

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that cares as much about its staff as it does about their children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions then Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

Main Duties

  • To be responsible for up to 8 active and complex cases.
  • To complete Form F assessments.
  • Out of hours duty rota
  • To participate in IV’s and training as allocated.
  • To operate within the current legislation, regulations and guidance set out for Fostering Services.
  • To participate in the active recruitment of foster carers.
  • To undertake professional assessments of foster carers, (currently Form F model) and present written reports to the fostering panel.
  • To assist in providing preparation training for prospective foster carers.
  • To participate and present post-approval training for foster carers.
  • To undertake office based duties and the matching of both emergency and planned referrals to available resources.
  • To take part in our out of hours support and advice service for all foster carers.
  • To manage a caseload of foster carers and the children and young people with complex needs placed with them, providing a high level of supervision and support.
  • To maintain client confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act and other objectives or guidance.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/herself and of other persons who may be affected by their acts and omissions and co-operate with management to enable management to carry out their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Employees have equal responsibility with the company for health and safety at work.
  • This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and you are expected to share this commitment.
  • To undertake any other duties that could reasonably fall within the scope of this post it is the nature of Nexus Fostering that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff, therefore, are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises where tasks are not specifically covered in the Job Description have to be undertaken. Any other duties will be dependent upon the post holder’s areas of expertise, knowledge and skills and with regard to the level of responsibility afforded to the post.

Requirements

  • Dip SW/CQSW/Social Work Degree/GSCC registration/PQ award and current HCPC registration.
  • Ability to manage and support foster carers.
  • Experience in assessing and supervising foster carers is desirable.
  • Experience in Fostering desirable.
  • Full clean driver’s licence and supply own vehicle

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency. Set up in 2002 by qualified and experienced social workers. Nexus Fostering place a high premium on the quality of support and care we provide to every one of our Foster Carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them. Nexus Fostering has been awarded 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Why work for us?

In return for your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:

  • 28 days holiday in your first year
  • Birthday day off
  • Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a further day off)
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Fostertalk membership
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
  • Optional Private healthcare scheme.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you.

CV to:  joanneh@nexusfostering.co.uk

Family Support Worker - Norwich

Family Support Worker | £15,000 - £18,000 per annum based on experience | Permanent – 37 hours a week | Full Time | Flexible to include evenings/Weekends.

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that has been graded as 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted?

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that cares as much about its staff as it does about their children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions then Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

Main Purpose of Job

The Family Support Worker will support the fostering household and children and young people in placement according to their needs as defined by the Placement Plan and subsequently identified, under the guidance and oversight of the supervising social worker/area manager. The overall aim will be to enhance placement stability and positive relationships within the fostering household within which children and young people can make progress and feel secure.

Support may be given to the carer or the child/young person in meeting those aims.

The post may be general, or linked to the delivery of a specified agency service and defined by the schedules and scope of that service.

Duties may include fulfilling regulatory tasks that are not required to be managed by a qualified social worker but will inform the work of the social work team

Main Duties

  1. Work closely with the Supervising Social Worker to deliver support to foster carers and foster placements through a range of interventions which may include but is not restricted to:
  • Direct work with the child in one-to-one relationships and in support of participation in activity which is beneficial to them
  • Communication with the allocated supervising social worker of developments, risks, progress and events in order to inform planning for the child and young person and for their needs to be met
  • Programmes of work identified in Care Plans and other formal forums
  • Day-care activity to provide respite to the placement
  • Preparation for independence work
  • Attendance with the carer and child/young person to appointments etc. where a second adult may be of value
  • Attendance where required and contribution to meetings in respect of the child or young person, including provision of written reports and contribution to safeguarding plans and risk assessment
  • Support of team activity in the promotion of Participation
  • Working flexible hours, including non-office hours and at weekends, to support children and young people outside of school hours
  • Attend and participate in events aimed at recruiting prospective foster carers
  • Complete initial visits to households expressing an interest in fostering
  • Contribute to planning activity days for foster carer families and children and young people and attend and participate in these
  • Complete the annual statutory unannounced visits to approved fostering households as requested

Additional Responsibilities

 

The FSW may be allocated specific duties according to the needs of a placement. These include but are not restricted to:

  • Direct work with the child as directed by a clinical team – e.g. targeted interventions to address behavioural issues, self-harm or social isolation
  • Visits and telephone contact with foster carers according to defined schedules
  • Maintenance of recordings according to specific guidance for the task
  • One-to-one support to young people within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem-solving skills.
  • Support a young person’s progress in the Nexus Fostering 360 foster placement through working with them in the community, in leisure activities or at school, within a therapeutic framework. Specifically, to provide one to one support to young people, and provide necessary respite for carers.

Family Support Workers engage in direct, focussed work with children to build positive relationships with a child, model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults.

As Individual Team Member:

  • Undertake practical tasks relating to making and supporting placements, whether allocated within a caseload or not, if it is possible and appropriate to do so
  • Work co-operatively and supportively with colleagues to deliver a high quality fostering service
  • Respond to all callers or foster carers with respect and with a view to helping resolve their query to an acceptable level
  • Take part in team organised activities e.g. for recruitment, participation, social and celebratory, as required
  • Work with team members to promote development of services and positive links with other services.
  • Participate in supervision, appraisal and professional development, undertaking training and guidance as deemed necessary
  • Attend team and agency meetings as required.
  • Take part in team organised activities e.g. for recruitment, Participation, social and celebratory, as required
  • Work with team members to promote development of services and positive links with other services

Experience

  • Child Care experience
  • Preferable – understanding of challenging behaviours and trauma
  • To have understanding of the needs of looked after children
  • Good organisational skills

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency. Set up in 2002 by qualified and experienced social workers. Nexus Fostering place a high premium on the quality of support and care we provide to every one of our Foster Carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them. Nexus Fostering has been awarded 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Why work for us?

In return for your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:

  • 28 days holiday in your first year
  • Birthday day off
  • Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a further day off)
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Fostertalk membership
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
  • Optional Private healthcare scheme.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you

CV to: suel@nexusfostering.co.uk

Sessional Support Worker - Harrow

Sessional Support Worker - £15 per hour (£10.70 travel time and report writing. 38p mileage) - Harrow

 

Must be able to work after school and weekends and be willing to travel

Must hold a clean, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car and include business insurance

Do you want to work with a Foster Care organisation who care about you and your learning and development?

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions; Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is an established Independent Fostering organisation, operating across England. We provide different services including mainstream fostering for children aged 0-18, Parent and Child placements, and we also have a Specialist Fostering Service providing more intensive therapeutic foster placements to children and young people.

Support Worker

The Support Worker supports the young person’s progress in the Nexus 360 foster placement. Nexus 360 is a specialist service designed to meet the needs of young people who have experienced neglect, trauma and rejection. The child or young person’s behaviour may be difficult, presenting both challenges and rewards. It is a therapeutically led model overseen by a qualified psychologist. It offers a more intensive support package to our foster carers that includes a support worker for the child or young person.

The support worker will be working with the child or young person in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, they provide one to one support to children and young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers. This post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults. All applicants must have a valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Main Duties

  • Working closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the foster carers and foster placement.
  • Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the therapeutic team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobbies, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
  • To deliver programmes of work which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified in their therapeutic Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
  • Establish objectives, plan and deliver support services which promote longevity and stability in placements.
  • Provide one to one support to young people on the programme within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem solving skills.
  • Communicate a positive regard for the young person to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
  • To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
  • To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
  • To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / Project Manager.
  • To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
  • Write a short report after each session with the young person.
  • Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.
  • Team Member Responsibilities:
  • To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
  • To work flexible hours including non-office hours to support young people outside of school hours and weekends.
  • To observe and provide information to the therapeutic team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
  • To attend therapeutic team meetings as required.
  • To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
  • To work with the therapeutic team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
  • Experience working with children with complex emotional needs

Additional Duties

The Post Holder will be expected to undertake training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post.

The Post Holder will be expected to ensure that Health and Safety is observed in the course of employment.

The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the Nexus Fostering Equal Opportunities policy in all employment practices.

The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the no smoking policy.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you.

 

CVs to: valerief@nexusfostering.co.uk

Sessional Support Worker – Ampthill

Sessional Support Worker - £15 per hour (£10.70 travel time and report writing. 38p mileage) – Ampthill

Must be able to work after school and weekends and be willing to travel

Must hold a clean, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car and include business insurance

Do you want to work with a Foster Care organisation who care about you and your learning and development?

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions; Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is an established Independent Fostering organisation, operating across England. We provide different services including mainstream fostering for children aged 0-18, Parent and Child placements, and we also have a Specialist Fostering Service providing more intensive therapeutic foster placements to children and young people.

Support Worker

The Support Worker supports the young person’s progress in the Nexus 360 foster placement. Nexus 360 is a specialist service designed to meet the needs of young people who have experienced neglect, trauma and rejection. The child or young person’s behaviour may be difficult, presenting both challenges and rewards. It is a therapeutically led model overseen by a qualified psychologist. It offers a more intensive support package to our foster carers that includes a support worker for the child or young person.

The support worker will be working with the child or young person in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, they provide one to one support to children and young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers. This post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults. All applicants must have a valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Main Duties

  • Working closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the foster carers and foster placement.
  • Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the therapeutic team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobbies, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
  • To deliver programmes of work which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified in their therapeutic Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
  • Establish objectives, plan and deliver support services which promote longevity and stability in placements.
  • Provide one to one support to young people on the programme within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem solving skills.
  • Communicate a positive regard for the young person to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
  • To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
  • To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
  • To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / Project Manager.
  • To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
  • Write a short report after each session with the young person.
  • Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.
  • Team Member Responsibilities:
  • To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
  • To work flexible hours including non-office hours to support young people outside of school hours and weekends.
  • To observe and provide information to the therapeutic team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
  • To attend therapeutic team meetings as required.
  • To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
  • To work with the therapeutic team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
  • Experience working with children with complex emotional needs

Additional Duties

The Post Holder will be expected to undertake training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post.

The Post Holder will be expected to ensure that Health and Safety is observed in the course of employment.

The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the Nexus Fostering Equal Opportunities policy in all employment practices.

The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the no smoking policy.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you.

CVs to: valerief@nexusfostering.co.uk

Sessional Support Worker – Great Yarmouth

Sessional Support Worker - £15 per hour (£10.70 travel time and report writing. 38p mileage) – Great Yarmouth – Office Base Anglia

Must be able to work after school and weekends and be willing to travel

Must hold a clean, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car and include business insurance

Do you want to work with a Foster Care organisation who care about you and your learning and development?

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions; Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is an established Independent Fostering organisation, operating across England. We provide different services including mainstream fostering for children aged 0-18, Parent and Child placements, and we also have a Specialist Fostering Service providing more intensive therapeutic foster placements to children and young people.

Support Worker

The Support Worker supports the young person’s progress in the Nexus 360 foster placement. Nexus 360 is a specialist service designed to meet the needs of young people who have experienced neglect, trauma and rejection. The child or young person’s behaviour may be difficult, presenting both challenges and rewards. It is a therapeutically led model overseen by a qualified psychologist. It offers a more intensive support package to our foster carers that includes a support worker for the child or young person.

The support worker will be working with the child or young person in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, they provide one to one support to children and young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers. This post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults. All applicants must have a valid UK driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Main Duties

  • Working closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the foster carers and foster placement.
  • Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the therapeutic team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobbies, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
  • To deliver programmes of work which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified in their therapeutic Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
  • Establish objectives, plan and deliver support services which promote longevity and stability in placements.
  • Provide one to one support to young people on the programme within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem solving skills.
  • Communicate a positive regard for the young person to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
  • To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
  • To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
  • To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / Project Manager.
  • To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
  • Write a short report after each session with the young person.
  • Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.
  • Team Member Responsibilities:
  • To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
  • To work flexible hours including non-office hours to support young people outside of school hours and weekends.
  • To observe and provide information to the therapeutic team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
  • To attend therapeutic team meetings as required.
  • To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
  • To work with the therapeutic team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
  • Experience working with children with complex emotional needs

Additional Duties

The Post Holder will be expected to undertake training and development deemed necessary for the pursuance of the post.

The Post Holder will be expected to ensure that Health and Safety is observed in the course of employment.

The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the Nexus Fostering Equal Opportunities policy in all employment practices.

The Post Holder will be expected to comply with the no smoking policy.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you.

Email: suel@nexusfostering.co.uk

Family Support Worker - Watford

Family Support Worker | £17,000 - £24,000 per annum based on experience | Permanent – 37 hours a week | Full Time | Flexible to include evenings/Weekends. | Watford

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that has been graded as 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted?

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that cares as much about its staff as it does about their children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions then Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

Main Purpose of job

The Support Worker supports the young person’s progress in the Nexus 360 foster placement. Nexus 360 is a specialist service designed to meet the needs of young people who have experienced neglect, trauma and rejection. The child or young person’s behaviour may be difficult, presenting both challenges and rewards. It is a therapeutically led model overseen by a qualified psychologist. It offers a more intensive support package to our foster carers that includes a support worker for the child or young person.

The support worker will be working with the child or young person in the community, in leisure activities or at school. Specifically, they provide one to one support to children and young people, and provide some necessary respite for the carers. This post is for a competent worker to engage in direct, focussed work with children – to build positive relationships with the child, to model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults.

Main Duties

  • Working closely with the Supervising Social Worker to support the foster carers and foster placement.
  • Experience working with children with complex behaviours
  • Undertake direct work with the child as directed by the therapeutic team – such as targeted skills coaching with behavioural issues, promoting hobbies, addressing self-harmful behaviour.
  • Conduct regular visits and telephone contact with foster carers as directed by the Supervising Social Worker and attend planning and review meetings.
  • To deliver programmes of work which contribute to ensuring that children’s care and development needs are met, as identified in their therapeutic Care Plans and statutory LAC documents.
  • Establish objectives, plan and deliver support services which promote longevity and stability in placements.
  • Provide one to one support to young people on the programme within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem solving skills.
  • Communicate a positive regard for the young person to build and sustain a sound relationship with them.
  • To identify the young person’s strengths and individual interests.
  • To enable and support the young people to participate in recreational and leisure activities.
  • To promote safety and assess risks associated with the young person’s behaviours and activities in the community under the direction of the Supervising Social Worker / Project Manager.
  • To encourage the young person’s engagement with their care plan and goals
  • Write a short report after each session with the young person.
  • Keep compliance with the National Minimum Standards – Fostering Regulations.

Team Member Responsibilities:

  • To undertake practical tasks relating to the support of the placements.
  • To work flexible hours including non-office hours to support young people outside of school hours and weekends.
  • To observe and provide information to the therapeutic team about the social functioning and skill development of the young people in community settings.
  • To attend therapeutic team meetings as required.
  • To promote people’s equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities.
  • To work with the therapeutic team to promote development of service and links to other agencies.
  • Work with participation Officer to organise and support participation events.
  • Must hold a clean, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car and include business insurance.
  • Must be able to work weekends and after school during the week and be willing to travel
  • Must have experience working with children with complex behaviours.

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency. Set up in 2002 by qualified and experienced social workers. Nexus Fostering place a high premium on the quality of support and care we provide to every one of our Foster Carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them. Nexus Fostering has been awarded 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Why work for us?

In return for your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:

  • 28 days holiday in your first year
  • Birthday day off
  • Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a further day off)
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Fostertalk membership
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
  • Optional Private healthcare scheme.

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you

CV to: valerief@nexusfostering.co.uk

Supervising Social Worker - South West

Supervising Social Worker, £26,000 - £32,000 per annum based on experience - 37 hours per week – Permanent - Full time – Gloucester – Nexus South West office

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that has been graded as 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted?

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that cares as much about its staff as it does about their children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions then Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

 

Main Duties

  • To be responsible for up to 8 active and complex cases.
  • To complete Form F assessments.
  • Out of hours duty rota
  • To participate in IV’s and training as allocated.
  • To operate within the current legislation, regulations and guidance set out for Fostering Services.
  • To participate in the active recruitment of foster carers.
  • To undertake professional assessments of foster carers, (currently Form F model) and present written reports to the fostering panel.
  • To assist in providing preparation training for prospective foster carers.
  • To participate and present post-approval training for foster carers.
  • To undertake office based duties and the matching of both emergency and planned referrals to available resources.
  • To take part in our out of hours support and advice service for all foster carers.
  • To manage a caseload of foster carers and the children and young people with complex needs placed with them, providing a high level of supervision and support.
  • To maintain client confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act and other objectives or guidance.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/herself and of other persons who may be affected by their acts and omissions and co-operate with management to enable management to carry out their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Employees have equal responsibility with the company for health and safety at work.
  • This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and you are expected to share this commitment.
  • To undertake any other duties that could reasonably fall within the scope of this post it is the nature of Nexus Fostering that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All staff, therefore, are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises where tasks are not specifically covered in the Job Description have to be undertaken. Any other duties will be dependent upon the post holder’s areas of expertise, knowledge and skills and with regard to the level of responsibility afforded to the post.

 

Requirements

  • Dip SW/CQSW/Social Work Degree/GSCC registration/PQ award and current HCPC registration.
  • Ability to manage and support foster carers.
  • Experience in assessing and supervising foster carers is desirable.
  • Experience in Fostering desirable.
  • Full clean driver’s licence and supply own vehicle

 

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency. Set up in 2002 by qualified and experienced social workers. Nexus Fostering place a high premium on the quality of support and care we provide to every one of our Foster Carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them. Nexus Fostering has been awarded 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

 

Why work for us?

In return for your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:

 

  • 28 days holiday in your first year
  • Birthday day off
  • Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a further day off)
  • Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Fostertalk membership
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
  • Optional Private healthcare scheme.

 

Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you.

CV to:  janev@nexusfostering.co.uk

Family Support Worker - Telford

Family Support Worker | £15,000 - £22,000 per annum based on experience | Permanent – 35 hours a week | Full Time | Flexible to include evenings/Weekends.

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that has been graded as 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted?

Do you want to work for a Foster Care agency that cares as much about its staff as it does about their children and young people?

If you answered yes to the above questions then Nexus Fostering are looking for a person just like you!

 

Main Purpose of job

The Family Support Worker will support the fostering household and children and young people in placement according to their needs as defined by the Placement Plan and subsequently identified, under the guidance and oversight of the supervising social worker/area manager. The overall aim will be to enhance placement stability and positive relationships within the fostering household within which children and young people can make progress and feel secure.

Support may be given to the carer or the child/young person in meeting those aims.

The post may be general, or linked to the delivery of a specified agency service and defined by the schedules and scope of that service. 
Duties may include fulfilling regulatory tasks that are not required to be managed by a qualified social worker but will inform the work of the social work team.


Main Duties

•    Work closely with the Supervising Social Worker to deliver support to foster carers and foster placements through a range of interventions which may include but is not restricted to: 
•    Direct work with the child in one-to –one relationships and in support of participation in activity which is beneficial to them
•    Planning direct sessions with children and young people based on their individual needs
•    Communication with the allocated supervising social worker of developments, risks, progress and events in order to inform planning for the child and young person and for their needs to be met
•    Programmes of work identified in Care Plans and other formal forums
•    Day-care activity to provide respite to the placement
•    Preparation for independence work
•    Attendance with the carer and child/young person to appointments etc. where a second adult may be of value
•    Attendance where required and contribution to meetings in respect of the child or young person, including provision of written reports and contribution to safeguarding plans and risk assessment
•    Working flexible hours, including non-office hours and at weekends, to support children and young people outside of school hours
•    Complete initial visits to households expressing an interest in fostering
•    Contribute to planning activity days for foster carer families and children and young people and attend and participate in these
•    Complete the annual statutory unannounced visits to approved fostering households as requested

Additional Responsibilities:

The FSW may be allocated specific duties according to the needs of a placement. These include but are not restricted to:
•    Direct work with the child as directed by a clinical team – e.g. targeted interventions to address behavioural issues, self-harm or social isolation 
•    Visits and telephone contact with foster carers according to defined schedules
•    Maintenance of recordings according to specific guidance for the task
•    One-to-one support to young people within the community in a recreational context to promote and practice pro-social behaviour and problem-solving skills.
•    Support a young person’s progress in the Nexus Fostering 360 foster placement through working with them in the community, in leisure activities or at school, within a therapeutic framework. Specifically, to provide one to one support to children and young people
Family Support Workers engage in direct, focussed work with children to build positive relationships with a child, model acceptable behaviour and help the child to trust and feel safe with adults.

As Individual Team Member:

•    Undertake practical tasks relating to making and supporting placements, whether allocated within a caseload or not, if it is possible and appropriate to do so
•    Work co-operatively and supportively with colleagues to deliver a high quality fostering service
•    Respond to all callers or foster carers with respect and with a view to helping resolve their query to an acceptable level
•    Take part in team organised activities e.g. for recruitment, participation, social and celebratory, as required.
•    Act at all times in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2019 to protect privacy and to store, share and dispose of personal information securely and with regard to consequence
•    Take reasonable care for the health and safety of self and others under relevant legislation, including ‘Lone Working’ at home and in the workplace and the agency’s no smoking policy
•    Undertake any other duties that could reasonably fall within the scope of this post resulting from (but not limited to) agency or policy development, new legislation or  changes in technology and to take part in appropriate training to undertake such work

Who we are?

Nexus Fostering is a well-established and highly regarded fostering agency. Set up in 2002 by qualified and experienced social workers. Nexus Fostering place a high premium on the quality of support and care we provide to every one of our Foster Carers and, in turn, the children and young people placed with them. Nexus Fostering has been awarded 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Why work for us?

In return for your service not only will you be working for an employer that really cares but you will also receive the following fantastic benefits:
•    28 days holiday in your first year
•    Birthday day off
•    Good Health days (if you have no sickness within a 6 month period you get a further day off)
•    Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme
•    Fostertalk membership
•    Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Scheme
•    Optional Private healthcare scheme.


Please apply with your CV and an application form will be sent to you
CV to: laurac@nexusfostering.co.uk