Social Worker – Adoption
Permanent, Full Time
£32,065 to £43,839 Per Annum
Closing Date: 5th July 2021
This position is open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) and Experienced Social Workers.
The starting salary for a NQSW is £28,592 per annum and this will rise to £32,065 per annum on successful completion of the ASYE programme.
In line with our newly created Skills and Capability Framework for an experienced Social Worker the basic salary is between £32,065 per annum and £43,839 per annum with entry points open at each of the 9 different stages of the salary range.
Recruiting, assessing and supporting adoptive parents; our team matches children to families and provides continual support. We also conduct sibling assessments and prepare children for the transition to the adoptive family and manage the transition process.
Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.
Social workers manage a defined caseload, including assessment of risk and purposeful intervention through direct relationship based work and review. Delivering excellent practice and value for money services.
A registered social worker, educated to degree level, with ability to demonstrate practice in accordance with current professional standards. Experienced in developing strong working relationships with partners, other agencies and stakeholders to deliver improved outcomes.
- Assess complex social care needs and provide support to children and families.
- Develop support plans that gain commitment to solutions that enable the child, young person and family to build resilience and look forward to a brighter future.
- Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached.
- Work collaboratively, building effective relationships with internal and external partnerships and stakeholders and the voluntary sector, to assist children and their families and carers in gaining support.
- Accountable for conducting assessments and plan responses to safeguard a child or young person and promote their welfare, including appropriate intervention as determined by need.
- Develop a child centred approach which enables early intervention and prevention and increases independence.
- Pro-actively influences in a range of inter-agency planning, decision making and case discussions.
- Communicate assessments and professional judgements clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing, including report writing and court statements.
- Work with families, communities and individuals to help people get the best start in life and age well, supporting strategic aims.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- A recognised social work qualification i.e. Diploma, degree or Masters in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent, with current registration with Social Work England as a registered social worker.
- Evidence of continuing professional development, aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge and Skills Statements.
- Experience within a social work setting with evidence of challenging social and family situations.
- Strong communication skills and an ability to develop a rapport and engage with diverse groups of individuals.
- Ability to manage assessment information and present in coherent written format to adoption panels and court
- Experience of children; understanding their developmental needs
- Evidence of ability to connect and engage with children aged 0-9 years old
- Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community, to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and families.
- Understand delivery of value for money interventions balanced against need.
- Evidence of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.