1 x FTE 37 HOURS PER WEEK PERMANENT FAMILY FINDING POSITION
1 X 0.6 FTE 22.2 HOURS PER WEEK FIXED TERM (ONE YEAR) FAMILY FINDING POSITION
An opportunity has arisen for two enthusiastic, motivated and experienced Social Workers to join Adopt South West, a new and exciting regional adoption agency established October 2018 formed from the adoption services of Somerset, Plymouth, Torbay and Devon.
These posts are in the family finding team and will primarily cover Somerset cases; however, you may be expected to cover other areas across the region as required. You will have a range of experience working with children and families and ideally safeguarding, adoption and group work experience. You will demonstrate an up to date knowledge of social work practice in relation to permanence and understand the needs of adoptive families and children. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage and prioritise your own workload and work independently at times is essential.
You will need a child centred approach and an understanding of the needs of children who have left their birth families as a result of abuse or neglect. Knowledge about the impact of early trauma and its manifestations is essential, as wells as good organisational skills and an ability to work with a wide variety of people- foster carers, adopters, social workers and other professionals, both locally and nationally.
You will play a key role in supporting Children’s Social Workers through the adoption process, selecting adoptive families and ensuring the placements are planned and made in a timely way, to ensure that children are placed at the earliest opportunity. Fostering for adoption is a large part of the role.
The role involves:
- Preparing statements and attending court in relation to adoption matters
- Supporting social workers in undertaking direct work with children in preparing them for a move to adoptive families.
- Undertake work with agencies both locally and nationally to identify suitable adoptive families.
- Delivering training and workshops
- Organise and attend Family Finding events throughout the region and nationally.
- Identifying children’s needs and developing appropriate support packages.
- Organising and leading Child Appreciation days (full training will be provided).
- Undertake the practical arrangements to facilitate matches between children and adopters.
- To comply with adoption legislation, guidance, national minimum standards and departmental policies.
You’ll have strong interpersonal skills to successfully liaise with other authorities and adoption agencies across the UK. You will play a key role in early placement support until the Adoption Order is made.
There will be opportunities within this role to contribute to the development of the service we offer to adopters and children as we continually review our services.
Please note, flexible working hours, travelling and some working out of the county may be required.
Adopt South West is an innovative and supportive agency where staff development and continued professional development is part of our core planning. You can expect to be welcomed into committed and supportive staff teams who will offer great peer support to help you to learn the role and fulfil your remit. Monthly supervision and team meetings plus reflective learning groups and ongoing training tailored to meet the needs of our staff will be offered to you.
If you are interested in adoption work and feel you have the right skills, please contact us for an informal discussion.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This role requires a DBS disclosure.
This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.
Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.
This post is covered by the Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2018.
This role is subject to Disqualification from Caring for Children (England) Regulations 2002 check.