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Fostering Social Worker at Bedford Borough Council

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and young people? Do you have the skills and dedication to support and guide foster carers, ensuring the best possible care for vulnerable children? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

Position: Fostering Social Worker (Locum)
Location: Bedford Borough Council
Pay Rate: £38 per hour
Working Arrangement: Hybrid (2 days a week in the office, flexible working for the rest)

About the Role:
Bedford Borough Council is seeking an experienced and motivated Fostering Social Worker to join our dynamic team. As a locum social worker, you will play a crucial role in supervising foster carers, providing them with the support, training, and guidance they need to offer exceptional care to children and young people. Additionally, you will be responsible for assessing new applicants who wish to become foster carers, ensuring they meet the high standards required to provide a safe and nurturing environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supervision of Foster Carers: Regularly meet with and support foster carers, addressing any concerns and providing necessary training to enhance their skills and knowledge.
  • Assessment of New Applicants: Conduct thorough assessments of prospective foster carers, including home visits, interviews, and background checks, to ensure they are suitable for fostering.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with other professionals within the council, including social workers, healthcare providers, and educational staff, to ensure a holistic approach to the welfare of children in care.
  • Documentation and Reporting: Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all interactions and assessments, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements and council policies.
  • Crisis Intervention: Provide timely and effective support during crises, offering practical solutions and emotional support to foster carers and children.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive Pay: Earn £38 per hour in this rewarding locum role.
  • Hybrid Working: Enjoy a flexible working arrangement with only 2 days a week required in the office, allowing for a better work-life balance.
  • Professional Development: Access to ongoing training and development opportunities to enhance your skills and career progression.
  • Supportive Environment: Be part of a dedicated and supportive team committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.


  • Qualified Social Worker: Hold a degree in Social Work and be registered with Social Work England.
  • Experience: Demonstrated experience in fostering and adoption services, including supervising foster carers and assessing new applicants.
  • Skills: Strong communication, assessment, and organizational skills, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Commitment: A genuine passion for improving the lives of children and supporting foster carers in providing high-quality care.
  • Social Work England Registration: Must be registered with Social Work England.

Immediate Start: We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. Due to the urgency of this role, there are extremely limited interview windows.

How to Apply: If you are ready to take on this rewarding role and make a significant impact in the community, we would love to hear from you! To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are the ideal candidate for this position.

Contact Information: For more information about this role or to discuss your application, please contact Josh at or call 01635 226350.

Join Bedford Borough Council and be a part of a team that truly makes a difference. Your expertise and dedication can help transform lives and create brighter futures for children in our community. Apply now and embark on a fulfilling career as a Fostering Social Worker!

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