The practice model and principles of our host Local Authority, Ealing has been incorporated into our approach in ALW, the Brighter Futures practice model is informed by our values and brings together key ideas from relationship and trauma-informed research, theory and practice. We have a strong focus on relationships and purposeful partnership in our work. We aim to build empathic, respectful, and trusting relationships with each other and with prospective adopters to ensure they are prepared well for the challenges of Adoption and understand the need to parent therapeutically.
Every child has the right to a safe and supportive family life.
Adopt London West aspires to promote best practice across its adoption and special guardianship support services.
PURPOSE OF ROLE:
• To work as a part of the Adopt London West Regional Adoption Agency which
combines the adoption and special guardianship support services of Brent,
Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow.
• To lead and manage a team providing comprehensive, consistent, timely,
quality and cost-effective child protection, safeguarding, and adoption and
special guardianship support services to children and their families, in
accordance with the legislative and regulatory framework.
• Responsible for ensuring social workers understand the full legal,
regulatory, procedural and performance framework within which they
operate and are accountable for their work within it.
• To be responsible for determining priorities, assessing need and risk,
agreeing packages for children and families and the efficient delivery of
quality and cost-effective services.
• To provide guidance on complex casework.
• To provide a high-quality practice framework, underpinned by theory and
the best evidence, within which Social Workers can work effectively.
• To contribute directly to Adopt London West strategic planning and
operational budget/financial management.
• Accountable for ensuring the highest professional standards and
professional conduct, ensuring multi-functional teams work to
innovative models and best practice.
• To deputise for the Head of Service in their absence and to provide
cover for other team managers as appropriate.
• To act as Panel and/or Adoption Support Services Advisor to the
Adopt London West panel.
• To manage the provision of services to children/adoption and special
guardianship families/carers within eligibility criteria and available resources. To
monitor, implement and develop a creative range of support packages and
permanency plans for children by optimising available resources (including
purchasing services from internal and external agencies).
• To manage, monitor and assure high professional standards of practice and
performance in all areas of service delivery including adoption panels.
• To act as Panel and/or Adoption Support Services Advisor to the Adopt London
West panel. This will include PAR Assessment Reports/Adoption Placement
Reports and Adoption and Special Guardianship Support Plans.
• To assist the agency with recruitment, review and termination of Adoption Panel
• To be responsible for the liaison between the Panel and the Agency, monitoring
the performance of the panel members and the administration of the panel.
• To ensure that the service area operates within the framework of the law,
regulation and guidance, Council, and departmental policies – responding to and
implementing changes to these as required. To operate within agreed schemes
of delegated powers and authority.
• To provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all staff.
• Ensure the effective management of the team’s workload; implement effective
strategies for ensuring throughput of work including the allocation of cases to
agreed service priorities and appropriate to the team’s skills mix and resilience
and their timely review.
• Responsible for ensuring Social Workers understand the full legal, regulatory,
procedural and performance framework within which they operate and are
accountable for their work within it.
• Plan, implement and evaluate services within an anti-discriminatory framework.
• Observing equalities obligations and duties, to lead on people management
• Staff recruitment (including participation on appointment panels) and retention.
• Staff appraisals and supervision including evaluation and recommendations for
career progression and probationary reviews.
• Investigation, preparation and presentation of disciplinary, grievance and
capability and other hearings and appeals.
• Chairing permanency planning meetings, reviews and development planning
meetings, which may involve the assessment of needs and allocation of
• Involvement in central government national and other inspections.
• Hold an overview of particular services and personally lead the development of
specific areas of professional practice, as directed by the ALW Head of Service,
for application across the division.
• Attendance at resource allocation and permanence panels within the Team
Manager's area of responsibility or partner local authorities.
• Identifying learning and training needs, developing and sustaining a culture of
continuous professional development, where staff are sufficiently stretched and
mentored to meet their aspirations. Ensuring that staff receive training and
development (either directly or through negotiation with the training section or
other agencies) linked to business plans, staff appraisals and performance
• To recognise the strengths and development needs of Social Workers, using
practice observation, reflection and feedback mechanisms (including the views
of children and families).
• To set ambitious practice standards, instilling a strong sense of accountability in
staff for the impact of their work on the lives of children and families. Establish
rigorous, fair and transparent processes for managing the performance of staff
including accurate measures of practice through direct observation.
• Consistently reflect upon and review own personal professional practice.
• To lead the development and implementation of new initiatives and ways of
working within own service and across the division, as directed.
• To ensure high quality case records and management information are
maintained, utilised and retained to meet service requirements. Establish
recording processes which provide the full analysis underpinning decisions,
making sure the rationale for each decision is comprehensive and well
• Optimise the use and management of information management and data
• Establish and monitor KPI’s, instigate and evaluate casework audits and
participate in and respond to other audits and inspections.
• Ensure views of service users and carers are incorporated into service planning
• Receive, investigate and report on complaints under the relevant Complaints
• Accountable for budgetary projections and analysis of spend across the service,
securing optimum value for money and ensuring financial targets are met.
• To lead on business planning for service area.
• Provide expertise and knowledge in meeting statutory requirements.
• Advise on client needs and service groups, translating into priorities and
development proposals within the context of the business plan.
• Inform Head of Service of cases where risk to life and cases to cause public
• To deputise across the full spectrum of work activities, as directed by and on
behalf of the Head of Service.
• To participate in out of hours, cover and duties, as directed
You will be passionate about what you do and committed to driving forward practice improvement and meeting the required timescales for placing children.
You will hold a social work qualification and be Social Work England registered.
Ealing council is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Ealing council follows safer recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.
The post holder will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Ealing council’s enhanced vetting process.
This role is deemed customer facing and as such you must have a command of spoken English which is sufficient to enable you to effectively perform the role. This requirement relates to Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016.
Debbie Gabriel or email
020 8825 8815