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Form F Assessor – North West

Job Title: Form F Assessor
Service Area: Fusion Fostering Ltd
Location: North West
Level/Salary Range: Dependent on experience Position Type: Sessional work as and when required
Reports to: Regional Manager Date posted: Mar 2021
Responsible for To carry out an in-depth and quality Form F assessment on behalf of Fusion to assessing prospective foster carers to safely and appropriately look after vulnerable children in line with Fusion’s ethos, policy and procedures
Job Description
Key Tasks:

  • Assess and prepare prospective foster carers
  • Counsel out those applicants not suitable for the agency
  • Prepare Form F reports for panel
  • Present assessments to fostering panel

Form F Assessors undertake assessments for Fusion Fostering on a self-employed basis. We require individuals with the necessary skills and experience to undertake detailed home studies of prospective foster carers and to write high quality assessment reports.

  • Plan and carry out home study assessments with prospective carers, using the BAAF Form F format.
  • Agree and work within timelines of the agency and meet those deadlines
  • Help prospective foster carers to contribute to their own assessments as much as possible.
  • Work in an open and honest manner that offers feedback to prospective foster carers regarding their progress of their assessments, including any difficulties.
  • Identify when prospective foster carers are not suitable for the agency.
  • Discuss the progress of assessments with the Regional Manager of Team Fostering.
  • Produce a detailed, high quality written report that is well evidenced and offers social worker analysis around the applicants demonstrating their suitability to foster.
  • Present applicants to the agency’s fostering panel.
  • Adhere to the agency’s standards of confidentiality.
  • Check DBS documentation, & health and safety risk assessment and other related documentation on behalf of the agency.
  • To complete personal references, ex partners and other references that may be required to ensure that checks have been verified and explored as far as possible regarding the applicants’ suitability to foster for Fusion.

Person Specification:

Essential:

  • Social work qualification (CQSW, Dips, CSS or equivalent) and registration with HCPC
  • Able and willing to keep abreast of developments in family placement social work
  • Experience of childcare social work.
  • Knowledge of child protection
  • An understanding of competency-based methods of assessment.
  • Knowledge of foster care and issues for looked after children.
  • An understanding of the role of independent fostering agencies.
  • Full driving license and use of a car.
  • Excellent assessment and report writing skills
  • IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable:

  • Family placement experience.
  • A1 Assessor Award.

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Fusion Fostering Limited, incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 07819299 whose registered office is at Old Mill, Maltravers House, Petters Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1SH.

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