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Looked After Children's Team

Coronavirus update

Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

We would welcome applications especially for our most critical roles to ensure we're supporting our residents

Wherever compatible with the welfare of a child, our aim in Surrey is to work alongside parents to keep children safe within their families.

Our Looked After Children teams support those children who cannot live with their families. As a social worker within these teams, you will have a mixed case load of children aged between 0 to 18.

Your aim and role will be to support children living with relatives, friends or foster families and prospective adopters or older children living in children's homes and semi-independent units.

We're looking for professionals who understand our young people. That means giving them an opportunity to be heard and listening to what they say. If you will never give up on our young people but will push them to be themselves and achieve their potential, then we want to hear from you.

Through regular visits, assessments and reviewing their Care Plan, you will nurture and develop meaningful relations with these children and their families. Our social workers understand our young people and champion and support them to reach their full potential.

You will be supported in this challenging role with regular supervision, and by working alongside other social workers, family support workers and partnership organisations such as: Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Independent Reviewing officers and carers.

Mockingbird Family Model

Surrey County Council has implemented the Mockingbird Family Model for fostering. The Mockingbird model is an innovative method aimed at replicating supportive family networks and relationships. It provides sleepovers and short breaks, peer support, regular joint planning and training, and social activities.

The model improves the stability of fostering placements and strengthens the relationships between carers, children and young people, fostering services and birth families.

Our aim in Surrey is to build strong relationships between foster homes, empowering families to support one another so that they can overcome problems before they escalate or lead to placement breakdown.

At the centre of each network of six to 10 foster families is a hub home, which offers planned and emergency respite, advice, training and support, to the other families within the extended family network.

The Mockingbird programme improves the resilience of each family within the network, meaning issues can be dealt with before they escalate, reducing social workers' caseloads so they can focus on helping young people achieve their potential.

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