Southend-on-Sea City Council

R2R102250 - Fostering Kinship Social Worker - Permanent

Location UK-Southend-On-Sea
ID 2023-1053
Contract Type
Min Pay Rate
GBP £36,648.00/Yr.
Max Pay Rate
GBP £42,403.00/Yr.
Work Pattern
Full Time
Social and Healthcare Qualified
Work Model
Hybrid Working
Post End Date

Your New Organisation

Our vision is A Southend Where All Children Achieve Success. By joining Southend City Council as a Social Worker, you will be key in making our vision a reality for all children. You will be joining a service where we demonstrate with pride that: 


  • All paths lead back to the child.
  • We spend time getting to know each child and their story.
  • We do what we say we're going to do.
  • We work with the whole family.
  • No matter what, we aim to make things better. 


You will provide support to work to the highest standard using our model of practice, Restorative Practice, to deliver the vision. You will access a professional social work development offer that has been designed by social workers, whatever stage you are at in your career. You will be given regular restorative supervision and separate supervision focussing on development and evidencing your SWE registration. We want everyone to take the lead in an area of interest for your team, and you will explore this with your line manager. 

We have posts in a number of teams, so please contact our recruitment partner, Hays, to discuss the teams we are currently recruiting too.

Your new role

Southend City Council’s Fostering and Kinship Service is looking to recruit Social Workers to join their committed staff in the Kinship Team. You will need to be energetic, inspirational, passionate and resilient about achieving positive outcomes for the children and young people that require a service from our team.


Their goals and vision are all about keeping families together where it is safe to do so. They work with each family’s strengths to help them meet the challenges they face alongside supporting our practitioners to do the transformational work needed to reduce or prevent the need for children to be looked after by the local authority as a permanent plan. When families are referred to the team, they want them to experience a quality and timely assessment where they develop positive relationships with those family members that the team are assessing and supporting.

As a Social Worker in the Kinship Team, you will be responsible for assessing Kinship carers and Special Guardians during care proceedings and offering ongoing support. You will be working collaboratively with your colleagues across the department and with partners to deliver high-quality and responsive social work. The team value each staff member in the service and want each one to be a leader and champion of exemplary practice.


The team have an average of 15 cases per person.


Duty will be undertaken in the office approx 3 days a month, with an onsite team meeting every other week. The post is hybrid, but you will be expected to be on-site a minimum of 1 day a week.


If you are interested in Kinship, Fostering Support or Recruitment and you are a person who is passionate and highly motivated about developing services within a health and social care perspective, we would want to hear from you.


What you'll need to succeed

To be successful in this position you must be able to work in the UK, have a recognised Social Work qualification and be registered with the Social Work England and have completed your ASYE.

You must have experience of Reg 24 and form F assessments, along with knowledge and interest in Special Guardianship and Connected Persons.

Enthusiasm and tenacity to shape and develop our work with Kinship carers is essential.

You will need to have two years experience of working with foster carers and have a working knowledge of fostering regulations and national minimum standards.

You will need strong communication skills and be able to organise yourself and others. In addition you will need to possess a driving licence and have use of a car.

What you'll get in return

 Southend-on-Sea City Council provide membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for employees aged under 75. The LGPS is a generous scheme and provides you with a future income, independent of share prices and stock market fluctuations.

Leave Entitlements:

We offer our employees a generous leave entitlement from 25 days up to 32 days based on length of service (Continuous service). Southend-on-Sea City Council also offer a range of flexible working and family-friendly leave.

*We also offer paid time off to allow employees to undertake volunteering activities*

Here at Southend-on-Sea City Council we also offer our employees free access to a benefit portal that provides access to wellbeing support and a range of salary sacrifice schemes to help spread the cost of items, including:

  • Bicycles, cars, electronics and gym membership.
  • The portal also provides access to a range of discounts on products and services including retail, food shopping, travel, dining out and leisure activities.

Nowhere else will you gain as much experience on the job, making us a sought-after place to work. If you are passionate, dedicated to making a change and ready for a challenge – you could be the candidate we are looking for.

What you need to do now

If you are interested in this role, please click 'apply online' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV.


For the full JD please Click here


If you are wanting further information that isn't in the JD, please contact Nathalie


Please note: Applications for this vacancy may close prior to the date advertised above so you are advised to apply as soon as you are able too.


All applicants for this role will require an enhanced DBS check.


The Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications, regardless of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.




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