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Support Worker - Flexibility required - Must be able to work weekends and evenings - Part Time - Permanent - 15 hours per week- £15,000 - £22,000 per annum, pro-rata – Norwich, Norfolk.

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; 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.

Work Management:

  • 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 clinical 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.
  • 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.

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.

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 (Pro Rata)
  • 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: emilym@nexusfostering.co.uk