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Supervising Social Worker

As a Supervising Social Worker, you will be the main link between the foster carer and the fostering service.

Being a Supervising Social Worker

You will build an important relationship with the fostering family, often over many years, and support and supervise the foster carer during their care of different children.

The relationship with foster carers will start with recruitment as a supervising social worker you will then be responsible for assessing and training new foster carers.

After approval, you will continue to review their on-going care within service policies and procedures. You will identify support needs and opportunities for learning and development that are appropriate to the children in their care. You will also offer emotional support and act as an advocate for the foster carer within the wider social work service.

About the workplace

This is a paid role where you'll work within the fostering service.

In Wales, fostering services must be registered with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW), who register, inspect and take action to improve the quality of care services throughout Wales.

The most rewarding part of the job is definitely working with children and families, and equally being part of a team of professionals.
Sue John- qualified Social Worker

Getting started as Supervising Social Worker

You will need knowledge of work relating to children who are looked after, high standard of report writing, full driving licence, flexibility in working hours and high-level knowledge of legislation and child safeguarding procedures.

Required Qualifications

You will need a degree in Social Work.

You will also need to be registered with Social Care Wales. You can apply to register or search the register online.

Training programmes

If you’re considering a career in care, we have a range of training programmes available to help you get started.

Find a job in care

If you’re thinking of a career in care, take a look at our jobs portal to get an idea of the type of roles available.