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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