Children’s Champion

Job Description

Job Title: Children’s Champion
Service: Fostering Service
Agency: LiKa Family Fostering
Reporting to: Registered Manager
Supervisory responsibilities: None
Contract type: Subcontractor 
Salary Range: £10/hr

Context

  • LiKa is a new and growing foster agency based in Croydon, South London.
  • LiKa recruits foster carers for children in local authority care, and supports foster carers to develop their skills and knowledge to care appropriately for these children.
  • The aim is to recruit carers from the community which these vulnerable children have lived in, to bring back a sense of family and cohesion to their journey through foster care.
  • LiKa matches children and young people to these carers once approved. It is out aim to create the best placement for these young people, to create safe and loving homes to help young people recover from trauma and to form new relationships.

Purpose of the role:

LiKa employs a dedicated Children’s Champion whose role is to advocate for and communicate with our looked after children; to let their voices be heard whether that is to improve our service or let their achievements be known, as well as help them to develop as individuals through a range of out of school activities (where both looked after and foster family birth children are welcome).

The children’s champion will help them think things through and learn how to explain their own views. They will also help them understand meetings and discuss any decisions and how they may affect them – challenging decisions or helping them to make a complaint if need be.

This new role will involve supporting children, young people and their foster carers to achieve and maintain stability in their placements. It will also involve organising and undertaking, in conjunction with LiKa Registered manager and social workers, regular consultations with looked after children and young people to ensure they are being listened to and that their views influence service delivery and service development. Another aspect of the role will be ensuring young people changing placement or leaving care are equipped and practically supported towards independence. We see this role as contributing significantly to improving the life chances and outcomes for children and young people for whom we provide placements.

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Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Undertake a range of duties as ‘children’s champion’ to the group of children and young people who are placed with LiKa Family Fostering
  • To be a member of LiKa Family Fostering support staff and assist in the everyday support of care, education and treatment of children and young people in foster placements.
  • To contribute to the efficient and effective running of the operational team, primarily by helping provide a supportive relationship to children and young people placed with LiKa foster carers to ensure they feel secure, stable and safe within their foster family and are being provided with opportunities to achieve their full potential.
  • To promote the development of the children and young people.
  • To develop and maintain good working relationships with: Parents and otherfamily members, Social Workers, School Staff. Other professionals with a concern for the children’s and young people’s needs, such as General Practitioners or Psychologists.
  • To ensure that the children and young people carry as much responsibility for their own lives as they can reasonably and demonstratively be expected to carry, keeping them informed of their circumstances and rights, involving them in planning their lives and supporting them and helping them towards taking greater control and responsibility.
  • To maintain high standards of child care and to be flexible in adapting to meetchildren’s needs
  • To maintain professional knowledge and skills through training, reading and reflective supervision
  • To report to the Registered Manager or other appropriate person, in the eventof awareness of bad practice.
  • To attend reflective supervision with Line Manager and follow a personal development plan to ensure continuous professional development.
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in placement with LiKa.
  • Work in accordance with professional practice, statutory and legal requirements and the policies of LiKa Family Fostering.
  • Take on specific tasks related to the day to day administration andorganisation of the support work undertaken- recording, development reports, sharing information with professional network
  • Take on any additional responsibilities, which might from time to time berequested by the LiKa team to support the work being undertaken.

To engender a culture of safe working practice to ensure LiKa Family Fostering’s compliance to its health and safety responsibilities, you are required to ensure that your own actions ensure your own safety and does not put other people at risk by reason of your own acts or omissions (Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act).

Person Specification:

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, skills and experience:

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, skills and experience:

Experience and Qualifications

  • Applicants will have experience of working with children and young people and preferably have worked within independent, voluntary or statutory provision.
  • A knowledge of the circumstances and needs of children and young people in care, which may include direct experience of having been in care, would be helpful but is not essential.
  • Good organisational and time management skills, be confident and have the ability to build strong relationships with young people, key individuals and organisations.
  • Willingness to travel is required.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to undertake training and development necessary for the post.
  • Flexibility will be needed to cover work with children and young people and foster carers.
  • Essentially, applicant must be an excellent role model for children and young people.

Knowledge

  • An appreciation of the effect of separation and loss on children.
  • Awareness of the richness of diverse kinds of families and their potential for meeting children’s needs.
  • An understanding of the Regulations and National Minimum Standards, and a motivation to ensure these are met for the children and young people they support.
  • An understanding of the Children Act 1989 and the relevant laws / regulations underpinning fostering.
  • How fostering panels operate and how to prepare applicant families for attending.

Abilities

  • The authority and competence to operate as a support worker, in accordance with Regulations, Guidance and the policies and procedures of the agency.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • The ability to communicate well and clearly both orally and in writing
  • The ability to identify key issues and possible solutions and to communicate these clearly.
  • The ability to facilitate the active participation of all children and young people placed with LiKa Family Fostering.
  • The ability to make well-informed, decisive recommendations about children and young people’s needs, which support LiKa providing the best possible placements for vulnerable children and young people.

Attitudes

  • A commitment to ensure that the best possible Every Child Matters outcomes are achieved for children looked after.
  • A commitment to ensure children and young people are happy and well supported in their placements.
  • A valuing of diversity in relation to issues of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to the need for confidentiality.
  • A willingness to increase knowledge and understanding of issues through training, reading, discussion and supervision.

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