Social Worker, Adoption
Permanent, full time

As a member of the Adoption Team the post holder will undertake a range of tasks including recruiting, assessing, training and supporting adopters as well as family finding of permanent placements. There will be opportunities for the post holder to develop their knowledge and practice skills in relation to adoption matters.
We would welcome applications from Social Workers with more than three years experience in a front line and or statutory role including court and child protection experience. Experience of working with children in care, their families, foster carers or adopters is necessary.

The duties of this post include supporting the Adoption Social Workers and Administrators in the completion of their duties; and supporting the team manager. They will take leads on developing Adoption service further.
We are looking for a social worker with substantial, demonstrable experience within adoption, either of preparing applicants for adoption and/or of working with looked after children and placing them for adoption. Ideally have experience of post placement and post adoption support of families and individuals.

1. Role Summary
Role: Adoption Social Worker
Reporting to: Agency Adoption Manager

2. Agency Vision
To help find permanent, loving families for those children who wait the longest in care, including sibling groups and older children.

3. Purpose and Responsibilities

Job content is listed below
Professional

  • To recruit, train and assess prospective adopters in accordance with standards and regulation.
  • To support families during the matching process. To support families before and after
  • placement of children
  • To write and present reports for the Adoption Panel, Matching panels and courts when required including PARs and Annexe A.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues from within the agency, within placing authorities and other statutory and voluntary organisations.
  • To help set up adult and children support groups as required for families affected by adoption and also to set up training sessions in response to the need.
  • To liaise with other agencies including schools, education and health and provide support on their role in supporting adoptive families and their children
  • To maintain up-to-date and accurate records in accordance with the agency’s policies and standards. This will include electronic and paper records.
  • To keep abreast of all standards, legislation and guidance related to adoption and to attend training when necessary
  • To undertake duties within the framework of anti-discriminatory practice and in line with agency Whistleblowing and Equal Opportunities policies
  • To undertake duties and interactions with colleagues, representatives from other agencies and organisations, prospective adopters, adoptive families and children without discrimination in respect of ethnicity, faith, social background, and sexual orientation.
  • To accept and make use of supervision and training in accordance with agency standards
  • Improve stability of placements for adoptive children
  • To work in a child focused way ensuring the principles of children’s rights are embedded in practice
  • To ensure that the service is customer-focused

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Performance

  • To champion and support continuous professional development within the agency’s service
  • To ensure that the service’s performance expectations can be met, prioritising the experience of service users across the team
  • To participate in the monitoring of service delivery against agreed targets, resources and timescales, taking action as appropriate to achieve desired outcomes
  • To offer guidance and support to Social Workers within the team
  • To support practice development within the team
  • To lead and assist on specific projects, and in the development of new and existing services
  • To contribute to continuously improved performances, and to support inspection, performance assessment and best value processes by ensuring quality collection of key information and data

Communication

  • To seek, listen to and respond to the views of colleagues, service users and stakeholders, actively engaging and encouraging positive communications and promoting positive working relationships
  • To ensure effective communication is conveyed in a timely, coherent and transparent fashion.
  • To keep colleagues and service users informed of information that may affect them and influences development of the agency’s service
  • To ensure high professional standards within the service, and contribute to high morale, good internal communication and equality of opportunities

General

  • To ensure the highest possible service is delivered to service users of the agency and its stakeholders, regardless of background, within the resources available
  • To champion diversity and equality in all aspects of the service
  • To demonstrate a commitment to own learning and professional development and when required, developing and coaching others
  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with the role, as may be required from time to time, including attending meetings outside of normal working hours
  • The ability to visit clients and attend meetings across the country and at short notice. Many of the locations do not have access to public transport; therefore you will need to have access to a car I order to meet business needs.

For all staff: You have specific responsibilities under Health and Safety legislation to ensure that you:

  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety, and that of others affected by what you do or do not do
  • Cooperate on all issues involving health and safety
  • Use items provided for you correctly, in accordance with training and instructions
  • Do not interfere with or misuse anything provided for your health, safety or welfare
  • Report any health and safety concerns to your line manager as soon as practicabl

4. Values and behaviours

  • Evidence that you put the welfare of children and young people first and to taking necessary steps to protect children
  • Flexibility and ability to use own initiative, whilst accepting the need to work within policies and guidelines
  • Evidence that you champion inclusion and value diversity
  • Evidence that you focus on quality and innovation
  • Evidence that you work in partnership to improve services
  • Ability to attend work regularly and on time
  • Ability to communicate effectively with adults and children
  • Ability to work with a diverse client group and support colleagues
  • Commitment to high standard of professionalis
  • Ability to produce written work such as reports, keep recording up to date and follow departmental procedures

5. Qualifications and experience

  • Professional social work qualification and registration (BA Hons Degree, DipSW or CQSW) or equivalent
  • Specialist PQ qualification or willingness to undertake such qualification (desirable)
  • HCPC registration
  • Post qualification experience in a statutory setting, working with children and families
  • Experience of recruiting, preparing and assessing prospective adopters
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation including Children’s Act 1989, Adoption and Children Act 2002
  • Working knowledge of the National Minimum Standards for adoption and adoption support regulations, 2005 and 2014
  • Knowledge of child development, and the effects of abuse, neglect, separation and loss
  • Understanding of children’s permanence reports
  • Experience in assessing and providing adoption support to families
  • Committed to working in partnership with, children and young people, foster carers and adoptive families as well as team working

6. Additional requirements
This role is also subject to applicants providing evidence of

  • A current satisfactory enhanced DBS
  • Full eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • Full UK driving license
  • Flexibility regarding office base
  • IT skills
  • Two satisfactory employment references.

7. Safeguarding
Jigsaw Adoption is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all volunteers and staff it works with, to share this commitment. The agency applies recruitment and selection procedures which seek to ensure that no individual is appointed who may pose a risk to children or is otherwise unsuitable to work with children.

8. Apply today - position closes on 13 November

Please mark all applications for the attention of Veronika Spykerman, Adoption Manager and forward your c.v to our team.

We also ask you to complete and application form and send it in with your CV.

9. Required experience:

  • Social work including adoption: 3 years

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