Adoption Panel Social Work Representatives

20 April 2021
Currently home based
Children, Families & Cultural Services
w/c 3rd May 2021
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Adoption East Midlands are looking to increase the number of Social Work Representatives on their panels. Panels consider whether prospective adopters are suitable to adopt and whether children should be matched with prospective adopters.

Our adoption panels are made up of a range of people who have personal or professional experience relevant to adoption. We have strong core values and our panels offer independent scrutiny and quality assurance to the adoption agency and our partner local authorities, with a focus on meeting the needs of children who cannot live within their birth family.

We hold panels on behalf of Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. Panels take place in four locations across the region – Matlock, Derby City Centre, Nottingham City and West Bridgford, however we are currently holding panels virtually.

We welcome applications from registered Social Workers with recent adoption experience to join our panels. We are particularly interested in strengthening the range and diversity of our panel membership with:

  • People from a BAME background
  • People who can offer a perspective from the LGBTQ+ community
  • People who have personal experience of adoption
  • Men with adoption experience
  • People from a wide age range
  • People with experience of disability

If you are currently a Social Worker for Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City, Derbyshire County Council or Derby City you will not be entitled to a fee, however if you are independent of any of the Local Authorities listed a fee of £150 is payable per panel.  To be classed as independent you need to have ceased working for any of the Local Authorities listed for at least 12 months.  We are unable to take applications from Social Workers working within any of the Permanence Teams across the region or AEM Assessment Team due to conflict of business interest.

If you are interested in becoming a Social Work Representative on our panels please click apply below and complete the short application. Please include details of relevant experience, skills and knowledge to support your application, we would also like you to comment on how you would add diversity /an understanding of diversity to our panel.

If your application is accepted, you will be invited for further discussion on 4th May 2021.

Appointment to this post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.

Disabled applicants who meet the essential shortlisting requirements will be guaranteed an interview. A job share scheme is available for all full time posts: both permanent and temporary, unless otherwise stated. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks.

The County Council welcomes applications from all, irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, age or sexual orientation.

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This vacancy is closed to applications.