Practice in an Outstanding Children’s Service and trailblaze new ways of working

Join our Fostering Recruitment and Assessment team, based in Swanwick in Southampton . Our primary role is to ensure that Hampshire has a large pool of foster carers to look after Hampshire’s most vulnerable children.

You will undertake detailed fostering assessments of applicants, and provide initial training for them, to prepare them for the fostering task. The assessments are then presented to the fostering panel to consider the application and make a recommendation to the agency decision maker. The team also undertake skills appraisals to ensure that foster carers are paid the appropriate fee in line with their skills.

Once enquiries are progressed, you will undertake an initial home visit to discuss the fostering role, and work with the applicants to consider that it is right for them and their family.

We will provide you with: 

• Annual leave starting from 25 days per annum and rising to 28 days based on experience and length of service.
• A hybrid tablet device, so you can work more effectively and flexibly.
5 personal development days per annum.
• Ample progression opportunities.
• Flexible working options to fit around today’s lifestyles.
Assistance with relocation by offering up to £8,500 for experienced social workers wanting to move to Hampshire (subject to management approval).

In addition to working for one of the top performing authorities in the country, Hampshire is also one of the best places to live and work.

Located on the south coast, with excellent transport links up and down the country, Hampshire offers the perfect blend of rural and city living. You’ll find miles of lovely coastline, nature reserves and heritage sites, which are just some of the

Vetting Requirements:

This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such, and as per safer recruitment requirements for Children’s Services, references will be requested prior to interview. 

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

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