Overall purpose

To work with the Adoption Team Manager to manage the team of qualified social workers in the core adoption work of the Society ensuring compliance with adoption legislation and guidance. The Assistant Team Manager participates in the setting of annual targets for approvals and placements and ensures delivery of these targets. The focus of the Agency is on increasing the number of children placed annually, particularly hard to place children.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  1. To support the Adoption Team Manager in managing the professional adoption services of the agency in line with established policies and procedures.
  2. To deputise for the Adoption Team Manager as required.
  3. To share responsibility for Ofsted Inspections with other managers.
  4. To attend Management and Trustee meetings as required.
  5. To supervise a number of Adoption Team staff, ensure the maintenance of professional standards within the team, monitoring performance and identifying training and development opportunities.
  6. To support the Adoption Team Manager in monitoring performance against targets.
  7. To support the Adoption Team Manager in maintaining accurate and up to date records regarding initial visits, registrations of interest, stage 1 and 2 and timescales to adoption panel and the agency decision.
  8. To support the Adoption Team Manager to ensure that data is collected and maintained in line with the Society’s management information requirements, and returns are completed and submitted in line with ALB, Ofsted and CVAA reporting requirements.
  9. To undertake Second Opinion Visits and chair Matching Meetings as required
  10. To hold a small caseload of adoption cases.

This job description, while not exhaustive, 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 will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

The Society is first and foremost committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers working with children to share this commitment. We apply 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