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Independent Assessing Social Workers (Fostering) Ref: RMBC/18/01085

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Children and Young Peoples Services
Safeguarding Children & Families
Based at:  Various Locations
Salary details: £1800 per completed assessment, plus mileage and expenses 
Job details: Flexible Hours, Part Time, Temporary - Open
Closing date: 18 November 2018
Interview date:
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Independent Assessing Social Workers (Fostering) - Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s Fostering Service is currently recruiting Independent Assessors to work on a sessional basis to undertake Skills to Foster Assessments on prospective  foster carers. The assessors will benefit from £1800 per completed assessment, plus mileage and expenses.

There will be opportunities to join the fostering recruitment team and be part of a virtual assessment team who undertake Skills to Foster Assessments on behalf of Rotherham Council.


  • The candidates we are looking for will have enthusiasm and ambition to be able to undertake good quality fostering assessments on prospective foster carers who are interested in fostering for Rotherham Metropolitan Council 
  • You will be driven and motivated to carry out thorough and rigorous assessments of prospective foster carers in order that looked after children across the service are provided with a safe and stable environment which enables them to thrive and flourish. 
  • Rotherham is a child-friendly borough with a forward thinking authority that believes in achieving high standards for its current citizens and the citizens of the future. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is investing significantly in its Fostering Service in order to increase the number of foster carers and to achieve the best outcomes for our looked after children. 
  • The ideal candidates will be equipped with the necessary skills to deliver a range of tasks necessary to support the recruitment of foster carers. You will have excellent recording skills, an in depth knowledge of fostering legislation, and have excellent communication skills.

If you are interested and have experience completing Fostering assessments then this could be the ideal role for you.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in UK, be social work qualified, have a clean driving licence and be HCPC registered. 


You will have experience of undertaking fostering assessments (Skills to foster assessments, Form F Assessments or Connected Person’s Assessments)

You will have an understanding of the needs of looked after children, fostering legislation and initiatives
You will be able to organise your daily workload independently 
You will be able to demonstrate initiative and be able to respond independently to unexpected situations 
You will be willing to undertake training and be available for supervision
You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances
You will be willing to work flexibly e.g evenings and weekends

You will be able to confidently present completed assessments to fostering panel and provide ongoing support to prospective foster carers.

Applications are welcome from internal staff who may be interested in combining this opportunity with their current part-time role. Careful consideration should be given regarding the impact on their substantive post and a conversation with their line manager is needed prior to any application to establish whether this role could fit alongside their substantive post.

For more information please contact Yvonne Howe, Team Manager at Yvonne.Howe@rotherham.gov.uk or Anne-Marie Banks, Service Manager at Anne-Marie.Banks@rotherham.gov.uk  

Shortlisting: will take place Tuesday 20th November 2018

Interviews:  will take place Thursday 29th November 2018 

This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

This post operates under a Career Grade/Grading Assessment Scheme, with starting salary and progression through the grades being linked to experience, qualifications and level of work being undertaken.