Title: Adoption Social Worker/Senior Social Worker

Reports to: Adoption Manager /Adoption Support Manager

Primary purpose

All social workers are expected to undertake a range of work within the broad sphere of Adoption. Social workers are expected to undertake or to have undertaken ASYE. Senior social workers are expected to undertake work of increased complexity and take on additional responsibility.

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. To respond to enquiries and recruitment campaigns by delivering information events and undertaking initial interviews with prospective adopters
5. 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
6. 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.
7. To provide a supportive role to prospective adoptive parents who are waiting, during the placement, and post adoption order.
8. 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.
9. To attend planning meetings and reviews of children placed for adoption and post adoption.
10. To prepare court reports and attend court hearings where required.

Adoption Support
11. To provide adoption support to children and adoptive families.
12. To undertake adoption support assessments as a basis for short term individual and family based interventions.
13. To signpost for more intensive and therapeutic interventions, including support to liaise with the relevant local authority to apply to the Adoption Support fund and services from other agencies such as Camhs.
14. To be part of the delivery of preventative adoption support services. These include a range of support and training activities for adoptive parents and families including an annual conference, and group activities for children and young people in adoptive families.
15. To counsel and support adult adopted people wishing to access information from their birth records. Intermediary services are also offered.
16. To counsel and support birth families where a family member was placed for adoption in previous years and information is now sought. Intermediary services are also offered.

17. To work within the core values of the Society, Children Act 1989, Adoption and Children Act 2002, other relevant legislation, Adoption regulations and National Minimum Standards and the Society’s policies and procedures. To maintain an up to date knowledge of developments in adoption.
18. To share in the responsibility for liaison with local authorities, voluntary agencies and other stakeholders, to ensure that they are informed of the range of adoption services which the Society provides, and to ensure that users have access to services which we ourselves may not provide.
19. To play a part in communicating the work of the agency and promoting an understanding of the agency’s role within the wider community. In so doing, social workers support the work of the agency’s Marketing Officer and Fundraiser.
20. To undertake regular supervision and act on direction appropriate to the post as agreed with the Line Manager.
21. To take responsibility to identify personal professional development and training needs and participate in training opportunities in order to ensure that professional competence is maintained and developed.
22. To undertake further duties at the request of the Management Team.

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.

Please find the Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form on our website. If you could like further information, please contact Sharon Kempson on 01908 572700 or email enquiries@sfcs.org.uk.


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