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Social Worker / Senior Social Worker

| Parents and Children Together (PACT)

With your social work experience with children and families, you will be responsible for all aspects of work with our valued applicants from the early stages of recruitment, initial interview, preparation and training, through to successful placement and post placement support up to the making of the adoption order.

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Fostering Panel Member

| Action for Children

The role of the fostering panel is to:

Recommend whether or not a person is suitable to act as a foster carer and the terms of approval therein. This recommendation is made within eight months of receipt of the prospective foster carer's application to be assessed;

Recommend whether or not a person is suitable to continue to act as a foster carer and whether or not the terms of approval remain appropriate;

Consider any case referred to it under Regulation 27 (approvals) or Regulation 28 (reviews and terminations of approval);

Give advice and make recommendation on any such matters or cases as the fostering service may refer to it and to monitor the range and type of foster carers available to the authority in comparison with the needs of children. The panel should inform the fostering service where it is deemed that the foster carer population is not adequate to meet the needs of children;

Monitor the quality of all reports referred to it and give advice/feedback/make recommendation to the fostering service provider as appropriate.

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Senior Practitioner

| Coram - Ambitious for Adoption

Contract: Permanent, Full-Time

About Coram, Ambitious for Adoption:

Coram, which is the oldest children’s charity, is a group of specialist organisations addressing the care, welfare, education and rights of children and operates from its distinctive 3.5 acre headquarters in the heart of London which provides the hub for clinical as well as professional and distributed services for adoption. Coram strives to be a credible, respectful, professional, dynamic and committed organisation where these values infuse all that we do to promote resilience for children.

Ambitious for Adoption is a new regional adoption agency to provide the adoption services for 5-7 local authorities. It is commissioned and delivered from Coram, a registered voluntary adoption agency which is judged Outstanding in all categories by Ofsted in both London and East Midlands. The agency stands at the forefront of development in the adoption sector in early placement, collective matching, and permanence practice.

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Fostering Panel Chair

| 3 Borough Shared Fostering and Adoption Service

3 Borough Shared Fostering Service (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)

Independent Fostering Panel Chair

Salary: £18,000 per annum

The 3 Borough Shared Fostering Service recruits, assesses and supports foster carers and assesses connected persons for named children across the 3 local authorities.

The Service is in the process of rolling out an innovative assessment and review process using the Secure Base Model.

We are a seeking an independent Panel Chair who is committed to innovative practice, supporting our aim to provide high quality foster care and achieving the best possible outcomes for our children.

Panels take place twice a month on dates that are agreed in advance for the year. Additional Panels are held as required by the Service. Panels are usually held in Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall.

Social work qualified with current HCPC registration, you will have professional knowledge and experience of children being cared for away from their birth families in fostering placements. You should have experience of chairing a Fostering Panel. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills and the competence to chair complex meetings. You must have the ability to facilitate the active participation of all panel members to identify key issues, assisting panel to reach robust recommendations regarding the approval of foster carers.

For further information on this post please contact Sally Pillay on 07812098049 or email sally.pillay@rbkc.gov.uk.

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Social Worker - Adoption Team

| Essex County Council

This is an exciting opportunity to join an established team of social workers who co-ordinate, undertake and support assessment of suitable adoptive households and seek to identify suitable adoptive placement for children whose care plans are one of adoption. The team is based in Harlow however the adoption agency covers the county and therefore we support colleagues in our neighbouring quadrant teams when required.

In Essex County Council we are “Serious about Social Work”. Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn’t enough, Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.

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In-house Fostering Recruitment Consultant

| Central Bedfordshire Council

CBC has identified initiatives to help retain and attract additional foster carers as part of a 2 year plan and we are now looking for an individual with experience in the foster care world to work alongside our in-house fostering team to support the implementation of those initiatives and the existing recruitment strategy whilst also identifying any gaps and new initiatives that would further increase the recruitment of in-house foster carers to achieve our 70% target.
The successful consultant will be expected to implement in a planned way to ensure that changes are embedded, long lasting and effective.

This is a 6 month post starting from 2nd March 2020 and the salary will be agreed through competitive tendering.