Supervising Social Worker

Supervising Social Worker - Fostering

Homebased with travel required throughout Hampshire and Dorset

Full Time - 35 Hours Per Week

Fixed Term Contract for 6 Months (with potential for extending)

£29,700 per annum + £2,000 Out of Hours Allowance + £750 Homeworking Allowance 

TACT, the UK’s largest fostering charity now has over 500 dedicated carers, who look after over 600 children and young people across the country. Our reputation and growth rests upon our strength in providing successful placements. As a charity, we do not have shareholders who receive profits and we invest all of our surplus income into service, staff, carers, and children’s development.

Our vision is to provide better lives for our children and young people.

Find out more about our values here:

We are looking for a  Supervising Social Worker who will support the foster families and placements we have in Hampshire and Dorset. This is a developing area and an exciting time to join the growing South Coast Team.  There will be opportuities to develop your skills and experience within fostering and contribute to developing the business across this region.  The post is offered on a six month basis initially but may be extended based on projected growth.  The successful candidate will be required to travel throughout Hampshire and Dorset when it is safe to do so.

We are interested in a Supervising Social Worker for whom quality of service is paramount and especially those who share our commitment to working in partnership with children and their foster carers in the development of the our services. The ideal candidate for this Supervising Social Worker role should  have post qualifying experience in family placement work or other child care settings as well as a working knowledge of relevant legislation and child protection procedures.

Main requirements:

  • Experience in family placement work or post qualifying experience in other child care settings.
  • A proven track record in working with and on behalf of children, respecting and maintaining their individuality and promoting their positive development.
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation including the Fostering National Minimum Standards and Fostering regulations.
  • Experience of working with/supporting looked after children and their foster carers.
  • Experience carrying out Form F assessments or a proven track record in assessment skills.

TACT offer an excellent employee benefits package including:

  • 31 days paid holiday plus BH (pro rata for part time roles).
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Group income protection scheme.
  • Death in service insurance scheme.
  • Stakeholder pension scheme (salary sacrifice).
  • Fantastic learning and development opportunities.

Please see the Job Information Pack and Job Description for further information.

You will need to be DipSW, CSS or CQSW qualified and registered with Social Work England. An enhanced DBS clearance is also required and will be processed by TACT on your behalf.

The successful applicant may be required to support Duty and Out of Hours on a rota basis and will be paid an out of hours’ allowance of £2,000 per annum once participating in the rota. 

Closing: Midnight - Midnight Wednesday 14th April 2021

Interviews: Thursday 22nd April 2021 (via Microsoft Teams)

If you need more information or wish to discuss any aspect of this vacancy please contact us at

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and TACT believe that only the people with the right skills and values should work in social work.  As part of TACT’s commitment to safeguarding, we properly examine the skills, experience, qualifications and values of potential staff in relation to our work with vulnerable young children.  We use rigorous and consistent recruitment approaches to help safeguard TACT’s young people.  All our staff are expected to work in line with TACT’s safeguarding policies.

TACT does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

TACT reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.