Adoption South East (ASE) is a regional adoption agency which launched on April 1st 2020, when we assumed responsibility for delivering adoption services on behalf of 4 local authorities (Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove) under a partnership agreement.
We already have nearly 100 staff working in ASE, including Social Workers, Managers, Support Workers and dedicated business support staff, but now we are searching for a Senior Social Worker to join our friendly and supportive Woking team.
ASE operates a ‘hub and spoke’ model, meaning that whilst our Head of Service and some back- office functions operate from Lewes in East Sussex, we also have 4 spokes or offices, one in each local authority delivering services directly to the public.
All our staff are employed by one of the partner authorities, under local terms and conditions. In this instance, the successful applicant would be employed on Surrey County Council terms and conditions and based at Quadrant Court in Woking.
You would work collaboratively with adoption colleagues in our Horsham, Eastbourne and Brighton spokes, so you should be willing and able to travel within (and occasionally beyond) the ASE region, for which you would receive reimbursement of expenses.
During the Covid19 pandemic our staff have been largely working from home and we have adapted our services accordingly to ensure that business is maintained. This has been possible given investment in technology, with a recent roll out of Windows10 devices and adoption of MS Office365. Although we hope to resume working from our Woking offices when conditions allow this to happen safely, we have learnt a considerable amount about the benefits of working virtually, supported by MS Teams and we expect to embrace a new hybrid way of working moving forwards. As such we expect to offer opportunities for working from home, alongside attendance at our offices as required for face to face meetings.
Social Workers in the team undertake stage 2 adoption assessments and undertake other adoption tasks e.g. running training sessions and information events for prospective adopters, providing family finding for children with adoption plans, and undertaking adoption support assessments and planning. As such we work closely with local authority Children’s Teams and other partner agencies such as specialist CAMHS and independent providers to secure best outcomes for adoptive families. In addition, Senior Social Workers undertake additional responsibilities such as supervision and mentoring of less experienced or non- social work qualified staff, or lead on projects and service improvements.
The exact nature and complexity of tasks undertaken by the post holder will be determined by level of skill and experience, and service needs. You would receive monthly supervision, as well as access to regular team meetings and good practice workshops.
To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:
- That you are a qualified social worker with a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience
- Registered with Social Work England
- Have a broad knowledge of social work practice and legislation, including safeguarding
- Strong commitment to securing permanency for children
- Strong knowledge of adoption processes
- Use of research and evidence-based practice
- Commitment to inclusive practice
- Ability to work autonomously and to offer adoption expertise to non-specialist or non-social worker colleagues
- Hold a full UK driving licence
For more information, please find the full job description attached below.
To learn more about us, visit our website: www.adoptionsoutheast.org.uk or if you would like to have an informal chat about the role please contact: Suzanne Chambers - Service Manager or Debra Hale - Team Manager on 01932 794340.
This advert closes at 23:59 on the 30th November 2020 with interviews taking place on 7th December 2020 .
Please note that owing to the current social distancing requirements, interviews are likely to be conducted virtually-to be advised.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
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