This is an excellent opportunity to join the newly formed Regional Adoption Agency, Adoption East Midlands, and to make a positive contribution to supporting children and young people and their families prior to and following adoption order.
We are looking for suitably qualified and experienced HCPC registered social workers who have at least 3 years post qualifying experience, with excellent interpersonal and assessment skills. You will need to have worked with vulnerable children and be aware of their needs for permanency.
There are two positions available within the Adoption Support Service. 1.5 posts based across Derbyshire and Derby City and 0.5 based in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City. You will be joining an established team of social workers who specialise in providing a timely response to families who require information and guidance as well as an Assessment of their Adoption Support Needs. In addition, support is provided to Adopted Adults through Birth Records Counselling. You will need to evidence an awareness and understanding of the life-long nature of adoption and the on-going need for post adoption support services to adoptive families caring for children with complex needs.
There is 1 position available with the Assessment and Placement Team based across Derbyshire and Derby City. You will be joining an established team of social workers who specialise in the assessment and training of prospective adoptive parents. The successful candidate will be instrumental in supporting prospective adopters at panel and in the Home finding and placement of adoptive children. You will need to evidence an understanding of the importance of permanence for children and the need for therapeutic parenting. An ability to write clear, concise and analytical assessments is a core skill of this position.
It is essential that you are IT literate and ideally have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Given the nature of the role, a valid driving licence and access to a car is also essential.
The successful candidates will be also expected to contribute to improving outcomes for children and families and understand the concept of safeguarding children and young people, you will receive regular supervision and be part of a supportive team environment. You will be supported to continue to develop your skills and knowledge.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Adoption Support Service Manager Jane Bolan on 07584 593752 or Assessment and Placement Service Manager Tracey Coull on 07793978372
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.
This vacancy is closed to applications.