About the team

Our team helps find people who can give a safe, loving home to a child when they need it most.

We have two teams in our fostering service. One's made up of social workers that recruit and assess potential foster carers. This team also supports those who care for a child under a special guardianship order. The second are supervising social workers who support our approved foster carers.

Being an assessing social worker includes things like:

  • attending recruitment events
  • running fostering information sessions
  • doing home visits with potential new carers and giving them the support they need right up to the fostering panel
  • assessing and working with kinship carers

Once approved, foster carers are given a supervising social worker. This person does regular home visits with the foster family and checks the child is being well cared for. They also help the foster carer with learning and development, and offer them emotional support.

Reasons to join us

It’s great to work in our team because:

  • we all work together to retain foster carers and achieve better outcomes for children
  • there’s lots of opportunity to work together, use your own initiative and learn whilst on the job
  • you'll build a positive and supportive relationship with all of your peers
  • we have a great sense of team work
  • we have a high retention rate of staff
  • there’s a clear pathway to progress your career
  • you'll have regular reflective supervision meetings
  • our team members feel that their manager invests in them

We’d love for you to join our team as a fostering social worker!

Jade - social worker

Hear from our social workers

My colleagues in Barnsley are extremely supportive and committed to their roles. It makes it a lovely environment to work in.

- Jade (social worker)