Social Workers’ Roles
Foster carers will be visited by both the social worker of any child in placement and their GLF supervising social worker. Their roles are different but complementary.
The child’s social worker’s main focus will be on the child or children for whom they are responsible. They have a legal duty to satisfy themselves that their children are being well cared for and to ensure that the child’s Care Plan is being implemented.
The GLF social worker’s first responsibility is also to any foster children in placement. They share responsibility with the child’s social worker and foster carer for ensuring that children are well looked after. Their main focus will however be on the foster family and helping them to provide the best possible care.
The child’s social worker is required by law to visit the foster child within one week of placement and then at intervals of no less than six weeks during the first year of the child’s placement.
GLF social workers are required by the agency to visit their foster families at least once a month although in practice they may often visit more often. Some of these visits will be to attend meetings such as reviews or planning meetings, some of them will be to meet the whole family or individual members and others will be for supervision with the foster carers.
GLF expects supervising social workers to meet with foster children at least once every eight weeks and children of the foster family at least once in twelve weeks.
Supervising social workers and foster carers are expected to meet for supervision at least once every eight weeks.
Fostering Regulations require GLF supervising social workers to make at least one unannounced visit a year to all foster homes they supervise. Children’s social workers too may exercise their right to visit on an unannounced basis from time to time.
Last Update: January 6, 2019