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Fostering Social Workers

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Oldham Council

People and Place

Fostering Social Workers

Ref:  G67/OL-39653

Contract Type: A Fixed Term Grade 6 Position & A Permanent Grade 7 Position Available

Salary:  G6 £26,999 - £30,507, G7 £31,371 - £34,788 p.a. Essential Car user allowance provided.

Hours: 36.66 per week

Based: Metropolitan Place, Hobson Street, Oldham OL1 1TT

Closing date:  30th August 2020

Shortlisting: 31st August 2020

Interview Dates: 7th September 2020

Job Description and Person Specification - Grade 6.doc
Job Description and Person Specification - Grade 7.doc


Role overview


Are you passionate, motivated and innovative? If so join us and help us transform the lives and futures of children and young people in Oldham.

We put the needs of children at the heart of everything we do and that takes professionals who share our determination to make a real difference to children and young people.

You will need a sound knowledge in the assessment of families and matching children’s needs, together with the skills and confidence to support and supervise Foster Carers in the best interests of children and young people in our care.

You will also have experience of undertaking assessments of potential foster carers. A good knowledge of the fostering regulations, child care law and safeguarding issues is essential. You will be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Now is an exciting time to become part of working for Oldham.  At Oldham Council we are ambitious for our children and we are looking for a social worker who wants to join #TeamOldham and become part of our vibrant and diverse community and share our aspirations for our children and families. 


We have a new Director of Children’s Services and a fresh Senior Leadership Team who are dedicated to helping our Social Workers deliver the very best services for our children and families.  We are doing this through a relentless focus on the quality of practice and by ensuring that our Social Workers have everything they need to do their job well and progress in their career.  We have a loyal, supportive and enthusiastic workforce who will give you a very warm welcome. 


As a social worker in Oldham you will benefit from flexible working, good work life balance, high quality supervision and support, and your own desk to work from. We further offer essential car allowance and a free weekly car parking pass.


Staff Benefits

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee assistance Scheme
  • Cycle to work Scheme
  • Fit for Oldham Scheme which offers free health and fitness opportunities
  • Employee discount Card
  • Essential Car User Allowance for designated posts with fully subsidised parking
  • Other designated car user allowance offered with part subsidised parking permit
  • An Employment Assistance Scheme that provides 24 hours access to advice and support
  • Paid leave (up to 31 days excluding bank holidays dependent on length of service and opportunity to buy extra leave through the council’s purchase scheme)
  • Flexible working arrangements

Key Requirements

  • Educated to DIPSW or degree level social work;
  • HCPC registration;
  • Evidence of professional development;
  • The ability to use IT;
  • Substantial post qualification experience in statutory childcare services;
  • Working as part of a team;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Willingness to improve practice of self and others;
  • An enhanced DBS is required.   

Please state if you are applying for the Grade 6 or Grade 7 position in the knowledge and experience section of your application.  

About Us


Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough.  Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.

We put the needs of children and young people in Oldham at the heart of everything we do and that takes amazing professionals who share our determination to make a real difference to their lives. We want the best professionals and you will be rewarded for your expertise – at a time where the council is making significant investment.


The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses.  Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater. Jobs pages Working for Oldham


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Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy. 

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application deadline

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30th Aug 2020

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