Adoption Support Duty Social Worker
Duty Social Worker
Salary: £30,153 – £34,538 (Grade 9) per annum (pro-rata)
37 Hours per week – Permanent
At Staffordshire County Council, we are committed to delivering quality assessments, support and interventions to adoptive children and their families across the county.
This is an excellent time to work in Adoption as academic and Government attention has brought added focus to the needs of adoptive children and their families. In addition with the inception of the Adoption Support Fund there is scope and opportunity to be creative in how we develop the adoption support service to meet the growing need and demand for service provision.
We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic social worker with a thorough understanding of attachment, separation, and trauma and child development to fill the post of adoption support duty social worker.
Based in the Adoption Support Team the adoption worker will complete timely, evidence based adoption support assessments for adopted children across Staffordshire, providing quality support set out in a clear adoption support plan. There is the opportunity to be involved in the preparation and delivery of training to adopters and colleagues in a range of areas related to adoption and permanence.
The duty adoption social worker will undertake assessments and interventions to adoptive children and families in Staffordshire. The team operates its own duty system across the county of Staffordshire; where adoptive parents self refer directly into the team. The duty role is a unique role set within the team, within a context of providing assessments of need to establish plans of support to families. The duty worker provides a consistent approach to assessments of adoption support across the county and advice to individuals at first point of contact. The caseload of the duty worker is dynamic as a result of the nature of the role. The duty worker will liaise closely with the team manager, who will then allocate further planned work to other members on the team. They will work with individual service users, undertaking adoption support assessment and identifying initial plans of support and further work. As part of this role you will liaise with safeguarding and local support teams as well as a range of other agencies.
You must have a social work qualification including HCPC registration.
The successful applicant will be required to be child focused, have a sound understanding of relevant legislation and policy in respect of children’s welfare and safeguarding, with skills in direct work with adults and children and the ability to work in partnership with other agencies across the country. You would be joining a team who are experienced, value team work and positive communication.
An ability to demonstrate an understanding of the range of needs of adoptive children and their families is essential as well as having, for the duty social worker position, some experience of working as part of a duty team.
With a strong desire to expand your learning, these positions offer a fantastic opportunity to learn, develop and progress. For the Duty social worker position we are particularly interested in considering applicants who have had experience of working in safeguarding or teams that deliver assessment and interventions.
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Staffordshire County Council has made changes to the existing online application site. Any existing log on credentials (username and password) expired on 1st September, and applicants will now need to create a new account to proceed with an application
Closing Date: 19th March 2018
Interview Date: 12th April 2018
Please be aware, only application forms completed online will be accepted. We will not accept CV’s or Word application forms.
This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This position is subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.
For an informal discussion please contact Lisa Burke Team Manager Adoption Support Team 01889 256400 or firstname.lastname@example.org