Experienced Children's Social Workers - Adoption Team 1

West Sussex County Council
28058.00 - 39766.00 GBP Annual
05 Oct 2017
26 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Job details

Salary from GBP28,058 to GBP39,766 (Rising To GBP41,296 October 2018)
Permanent Full-Time
Based in Horsham
37 hours a week

Posts may be eligible for relocation allowance subject to conditions

Subject to an enhanced DBS check, HCPC registration, References, Driving Licence & Health Check

Job advert

With you, with the child???Every step of the way

We're working together as one professional team, in an environment based on high challenge and high support, creating more positive outcomes for the children and families in our care. As a leadership team we will stand at your side, supporting you every step of the way

The Adoption Team is recruiting for a full time role within our service. This position is within Adoption Team 1 which is responsible for the recruitment and training of new adoptive families. The role involves:

-Undertaking partner adoption assessments and Stage 2 adoption assessments

-Promoting adoption recruitment within the West Sussex County area

-Facilitating information events -Supporting families within Stage 1 of the adoption process

-Providing training for prospective adoptive families

You will need good communication skills and a comprehensive knowledge of attachment theory and the impact of trauma on children. You must also have experience of children's social care and preferably experience of adoption work e.g. PAR assessment, support and inter agency working and comprehensive knowledge of the Adoption & Children Act 2002.

The Adoption Team is an experienced, supportive and creative team, working in partnership with children's services colleagues and prospective adopters to secure the best possible outcomes for children with adoption care plans. The Adoption Service covers the whole of West Sussex with some out of county travel. The main office base is Horsham.

Our practice framework is based on Signs of Safety underpinned by knowledge of attachment theory and the impact of developmental trauma on children and families - all staff receive extensive training and support to implement these approaches. As a social worker you will also have access to Research in Practice and Community Care Inform and are guaranteed a minimum of 5 days per year CPD, including accredited training leading to Diploma and Masters qualifications.

This is a full time post, with some evening work required.

"I have always felt supported in my role by both practice managers and team members; I enjoy regular supervision and colleagues are always happy to listen and discuss tricky cases" Stage 1 Social Worker

Next Steps

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