Fostering Recruitment Officer for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Childre
GBP33,332 per annum for 36 hours per week based at Consort House 5-7 Queens way Redhill Surrey RH1 1YB or Quadrant Court ,35 Guildford Rd, Woking GU22 7QQ. This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.
This is a two year fixed term post
Where possible, we offer flexible working, mobile phones and laptops. 24 days annual leave for full time staff or pro rata for part time staff. Local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
About the Role
This is a specialist role within the fostering service to lead on recruiting, assessing, supervising and supporting foster carers and supported lodgings carers for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people.
The role also includes taking a lead to recruit carers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. This will include working with the fostering recruitment team to recruit foster carers from cultural and religious communities within and close to Surrey. The post is based in Fostering either in Woking or Redhill but has countywide responsibility.
- In depth knowledge of the needs and experiences of unaccompanied asylum seeking children
- Knowledge and understanding of immigration and asylum legislation
- Knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to Looked After Children, care leavers and Fostering
Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to manage own time effectively and meet deadlines
- Ability to prioritise and manage workload
- Ability to work creatively and use own initiative
- Effective written communication skills including report writing, case recording and presentation skills
- Excellent verbal communication skills in working with children, young people, carers and members of the public
- Good IT skills including ability to gather and analyse data
- Able to promote anti-discriminatory practice
- Ability to build effective working relationships with cultural and religious groups within and near Surrey
- Ability and skills to listen to and be sensitive to the needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people
- Able to drive and have use of a car to meet the demands of the job
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
Demonstrable experience of working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people
Experience of working with cultural and religious groups and with the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Community
Experience of working with children, young people and their families preferably within a social care setting
Please include a personal statement with your application.
For an informal discussion contact Fiona Mcgowan on or by e-mail. We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 15th July 2018 .