The role of the supervising social worker is a complex one, with many different elements including managerial, supervisory, educative and support functions. This training provides supervising social workers with the opportunity to consider how the role has evolved, the various strands of their work with foster carers and how to supervise, support and challenge foster carers in supervision. Also, how to manage difficult conversations and exercise safeguarding responsibilities.
The assessment of family members and known adults as kinship carers for a child or young person unable to live with their birth family is one of the most complex that a worker can undertake. It is only through the completion of full and robust assessments that decisions can be made in the child’s best interests.
The role of assessing prospective adopters and foster carers is a skilled one requiring an extensive knowledge and understanding of what children and young people need as outlined by The Promise. Conducting foster carer reviews is equally as important. The interface between the assessing and supervising social worker and adoption and fostering panels can be both complex as well as interesting. This workshop will explore this key aspect of family placement work.