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Practice Standards and Quality Assurance (QA) Lead

Location: Homebased

Hours: 3 days a week (22.5 hours). Flexibility of hours available

Salary range £47,000 to £50,500 pro rata

Office Base: Norwich Head Office

Job Purpose:

Our search is for a Practice Standards and Quality Assurance Lead who will support the Registered Manager and Responsible Individual to maintain high standards within the agency and to promote continued good practice.  AFA is looking for a knowledgeable and experienced Social Worker to fulfil this role.

The post holder will support the Social Work and Management teams to ensure there is effective accountability and service delivery across the agency. Key skills include being a confident communicator in groups, in one-to-one settings and in writing, being resourceful,  and being able to quality assure documents. The post holder will also have an ability to analyse data and trends and complete research. They will have the ability to work using their own initiative, and will be able to support the development of others.

Key Accountabilities:

The Practice Standards and QA Lead will support the Management team in ensuring that all aspects of the Fostering Service are compliant with The Care Standards Act 2000, National Minimum Standards 2011 and Fostering Service Regulations 2011. The role will include the following:

  • Ensuring National Minimum Standards are exceeded in relation to meeting the needs of children being cared for by the agency.
  • Supporting and informing the development of services and practice across the agency, and as part of the QA team, ensuring a professional, supportive and high quality service is consistently delivered to children and their fostering families.
  • Supporting the agency as an additional Agency Decision Maker as and when required, complying with agency processes and statutory requirements.
  • Supporting the monitoring and development of the Fostering Panel.
  • Reviewing agency policies and procedures to ensure that they take account of the most up-to-date research, learning and legislation, and then disseminating updates within the agency.
  • Quality assuring documents and reports such as Fostering Assessments and Annual Review documents, providing feedback and guidance to individual workers to ensure consistently high standards of practice.
  • Researching areas of fostering to enable the service to be at the forefront of development and delivery. This will include providing training and support as needed.
  • Supporting the Responsible Individual and Registered Manager in analysing key data/completion of audits to ensure best outcomes.
  • Undertaking qualitative auditing and analysis.
  • Producing auditing and monitoring reports as required by the Registered Manager, Management team and/or Responsible Individual.
  • Having responsibility as the agency’s Lead worker in Education, supporting the Registered Manager in ensuring the best educational opportunities for all children looked after by AFA, and developing supports and services to enable children to achieve the best possible educational outcomes.
  • Supporting the Registered Manager in gaining feedback from Stakeholders to help inform practice and agency development.
  • Supporting the Registered Manager in preparing for Monitoring and Inspection visits.
  • Where necessary, assisting with the investigation of incidents or complaints in line with established procedures.

 

Maintain a make full use of the agencies recording and information systems:

  • Work with and monitor staff to ensure a good quality of Social Work recording is maintained.
  • Ensure relevant information is recorded clearly and accurately, and in a timely way.
  • Ensure the agency’s IT and recording systems are used in line with data protection and electronic communication policies and practices.

Comply with the agency’s Equal Opportunities policy.

Attend meetings and team events as required.

Take part in supervision and professional development opportunities, including appraisals, and contribute to the development of others

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV to [email protected]

Children and Young People’s Support Worker

Location: Homebased

Hours: Full time – 37.5 a week, with some flexibility

Salary range £25,000 – £27,400

Office Base: Norwich Head Office

Job Purpose:

This post provides support for children living with Foster Parents approved with AFA, to support them to make good progress and to engage within the community, leisure activities and school, specifically by providing one-to-one support to them. The aim of the focussed work with children is to build positive relationships with the child, to support their development of positive behaviour and to help the child to trust and feel safe with adults. It is expected that all staff of AFA show respect to fostering families, children, colleagues and others who they work with and all are expected to value difference.

The support is provided alongside that of the Fostering Social Worker and other AFA staff and aims to complement the statutory nature of all roles within the agency. The Children and Young People’s Support Worker will work alongside others within and outside the agency to enhance consistent good practice and to respond to the needs of individual children and Foster Parents. The aim is to ensure the best outcomes for children.

Key Accountabilities:

The Children and Young People’s Support Worker will not hold case responsibility for Foster Parents or children, but will assist Fostering Social Workers in their supervision and support of AFA Foster Parents, and their children, including:

  • Providing support to children both in their homes and in the Local community, as their needs determine. This may include work identified as part of the child’s care plan or their AFA therapeutic plan.
  • Providing direct one-to-one work including maintaining relationships, gaining wishes and feelings and supporting areas of need/risk/concern which have been identified.
  • Working to assist preparation for independence or supporting other key transitions.
  • Where appropriate, providing day care activities to provide a break for children and their Foster Parents.
  • Working flexibly to ensure an appropriate level of support is provided and maintained. This may include working non-office hours and weekends where needed, to provide the right support to children and foster families.
  • Attending meetings on behalf of Fostering Social Workers to support AFA Foster Parents and children.
  • Identifying and advising Fostering Social Workers, or a relevant member of AFA Management, of any problems or issues arising with Foster Parents or their children, taking guidance to ensure appropriate action is taken.
  • Working to support AFA’s participation plan and consultation events and to engage children in these activities.
  • Working with children to actively seek their views and support their voice within AFA
  • Attending and assisting in planning, organising and facilitating support or activity groups for Foster Parents and children, alongside colleagues.

 Maintain and make full use of the agency’s recording and information systems:

  • Ensure relevant information is recorded clearly and accurately, and in a timely way.
  • Ensure the agency’s IT and recording systems are used in line with data protection and electronic communication policies and practices.

Comply with the agency’s Equal Opportunities policy.

Work with team members to promote development of services and positive links with other services.

Attend meetings and team events as required.

Take part in supervision and professional development opportunities, including appraisals, and contribute to the development of others.

If you are interested in this role, please send your CV to [email protected]

Why work for AFA?

All our employees have the opportunity and are actively encouraged to develop their skills and expertise through ongoing training, support and development. We have a training program tailored to the needs of all the staff group, to enhance the skills of our office support staff through to the social work team.

Employees of AFA have access to the company’s reward platform that provides over 200 exclusive perks and discounts, from great price cinema tickets, to money off meals out. The Employee Support Hub built into the reward platform provides confidential emotional support which includes access to a phone line that connects them with qualified therapists.

We host annual company events including away days, staff nights out and an annual Summer Ball that allow everybody to come together and socialise as a team.

If you have submitted an application to us, we shall only use the information provided by you (including sensitive personal data) within the recruitment process for the post applied for, we will not retain Applications and CVs on file for future positions.

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