Primary purpose
St Francis' Children's Society is a charity and independent adoption agency providing a range of services to people for whom adoption is or might be a lifelong experience. Our social workers undertake a range of work within the broad sphere of adoption.

Key tasks

  1. To hold case responsibility and manage a caseload, providing a range of services including assessment, training guidance and adoption support.
  2. The balance of caseload between adoption and adoption Support to be agreed with the line manager depending on the workload and requirements of the Society.
  3. To maintain accurate and up to date records using appropriate IT systems. To ensure that data is collected and maintained in line with the Society’s management information requirements, ALB, Ofsted and CVAA reporting requirements and to use and develop further processes for monitoring and evaluating services.
  4. Adoption
  5. To respond to enquiries and recruitment campaigns by delivering information events and undertaking initial interviews with prospective adopters
  6. To recruit, assess and prepare adoptive parents for children with a wide range of needs. The tasks will be undertaken both through the individual home study and group preparation training
  7. To analyse complex information gathered as part of the assessment process, prepare high quality reports and present to the Society’s Adoption Panel and Local Authority Adoption Panels.
  8. To provide a supportive role to prospective adoptive parents who are waiting, during the placement, and post adoption order.
  9. To facilitate the family finding and matching of children with potential permanent parents. The agency is particularly seeking to identify adoptive families for the range of priority children waiting the longest for adoptive placements, including sibling groups, children from BME backgrounds, and those with additional special needs. The work in matching will require skills in negotiating and planning inter-agency agreements.
  10. To attend planning meetings and reviews of children placed for adoption and post adoption.
  11. To prepare court reports and attend court hearings where required.

This job description is non-exhaustive; it reflects the major tasks to be carried out by the post holder but in the interests of effective working, those tasks may be reviewed from time to time, reflecting the Organisation’s changing needs and circumstances.
Within this job description, serious consideration is given to providing opportunities for individuals to pursue particular areas of interest, and to develop new initiatives and expertise, where this fits broadly within the overall aims of the organisation.

Safeguarding, Confidentiality and Equal Opportunities
All staff are expected to be familiar with and comply with the Society’s safeguarding, confidentiality and equal opportunities policies.

Appointment to post would be subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance and where appropriate, local authority checks.

The organisation is first and foremost committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, expects all staff and volunteers working with children to share this commitment, and applies recruitment and selection procedures which seek to ensure that no employee or volunteer is appointed who may pose a risk to children or is otherwise unsuitable to work with them.

Closing date for applications: 28 May 2019

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Sharon Kempson