Fostering Form F Assessing Social Worker

Job Title: Assessing Social Worker

Salary: £36,643 per annum (£35,893 per annum salary + £750 per annum Homeworking Allowance)

Hours & Contract: 35 Hours per week - Permanent Role

Location: Homebased in the East or West Midlands area

As a ‘not for profit’ organisation, TACT puts the needs of our children and carers first and look to appoint individuals who are as passionate about fostering as we are. We are a homeworking organisation, and we pride ourselves on our flexible working opportunities, available from day one, an extensive wellbeing programme and our benefits package, all curated to nurture a healthy work life balance for all our employees so they can give an excellent service to our carers and the young people and children we care for.

As a foster care charity, TACT invests all surplus income into services, staff, carers, and child development. This means that we have been able to invest unique projects like TACT Connect, our unique and ground-breaking scheme for TACT care experienced young people and adults,  as well as our expanding TACT Education Service and our new Health Service. All our activities are built on our commitment to becoming a fully trauma informed organisation, in line with our key values and ethos.

TACT achieved 16th place in the UK Best Companies Work For survey results in 2023, with 91% of employees acknowledging that the organisation is run on strong values and principles and 94% stating they feel proud to work for this organisation.  

If you want to be valued as a professional, be appreciated at work and contribute to better outcomes for the children and young people connected with TACT, apply now.  

The Assessing Social Worker will be responsible for ensuring the success of TACT's projects and change initiatives. The successful candidate will take a pan-organisation view of all projects and other change activities and seek to ensure that the organisation’s leaders have timely, complete, relevant and accurate information on the status of change activities and early insights into potential issues and opportunities.

Whilst being homebased, the Assessing Social Worker will be required to travel for visits, across the East and West Midlands areas. There is also a requirement to be able to travel to Team meetings, wellbeing days, TACT away days and other in person events across the UK as and when required. 

Core Assessing Social Worker Tasks include: 

  • Preparing applicants for the fostering role
  • Promoting and supporting the development of trauma informed foster care / therapeutic parenting
  • Assessment of prospective foster families
  • Contributing to the continuous improvement of fostering assessments and applicant preparation

The main role requirements for this role include:

  • BA or Master’s in Social Work or Dip SW, CSS or CQSW qualification
  • Social Work England Registration
  • Post qualifying experience including relevant family placement work or post qualifying experience in other child-care settings which must include statutory childcare work
  • Experience of assessing foster families and preparing them for the fostering tasks
  • A proven track record in working with and on behalf of children and foster families, using a trauma-informed therapeutic approach
  • A passion for ensuring children receive the highest quality care from their foster family
  • Knowledge of relevant child-care and fostering regulations, legislation, and best practice
  • Good IT skills including Office 365

TACT offer an excellent employee benefits package including:

  • 31 days paid holiday plus 8 annual bank holidays.
  • Flexible working arrangements (including compressed hours, flexibility around core hours, volunteer days policy).
  • Family friendly policies.
  • Homeworking ‘bundle’ including annual allowance, IT equipment and a loan for home office set up.
  • Help@Hand Employee Assistance Programme (including CBT counselling, 24/7 remote GP appointments, physiotherapy, mental health support and second opinions on serious diagnosis).
  • An hour a week of live, expert led activities through the Annual Employee wellbeing Programme.
  • Menopause Policy and free Menopause Clinician Appointments.
  • Stakeholder Pension Scheme (salary sacrifice).
  • Fantastic learning and development opportunities for all roles.

An Enhanced DBS clearance is required for this role and will be processed by TACT on your behalf.

Please see the Job Information Pack, Job Description and TACT website at for more detailed information.

Closing Date: Sunday 7th April April 2024

Interview Date: Wednesday 17th April 2024 (via Microsoft Teams)

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and TACT believes 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.

We reserve the right to close a vacancy earlier than advertised if the volume of applications is excessive, you are therefore advised to apply at your earliest convenience.

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