Brighter Futures for Children
Adoption & Permanence Service
Brighter Futures for Children is an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services to children and families in Reading.
We have recently established an Adoption & Permanence Service within our Children’s Social Care Service which brings together a number of our permanency planning services and our Social Work Assistant Adoption & Permanence role is based within this team.
The main focus of the post holder’s role will be on the completion of Life Books and the setting up of contact (Letterbox) arrangements for children who have been adopted from the care of Brighter Futures for Children and on setting up and then maintaining an in-house library of books and resources to be used by social workers and carers in preparing children for adoption. Depending on the flow of work within the service, the post holder may also be required to:
- provide a level of support to social workers within our Family Intervention or Children Looked After Teams who are completing Life Books for children who are subject to Special Guardianship Orders or permanent fostering arrangements;
- provide a level of support to social workers employed within the Adoption & Permanence Service around the hosting of support and training groups for prospective and actual Connected Carers and Special Guardians.
The post holder will:
- Gather Life Journey materials; including information, photographs and memorabilia relating to specific children.
- Review case file information in order to gain an accurate understanding of different children’s Life Journeys to date.
- Liaise with children’s prospective or legal adopters or carers, and with professionals and carers who are or have previously been involved with the children.
- Compile electronic Life Books for individual children using a pre-set format but composing each child’s individual narrative.
- Support children’s social workers in compiling any associated Later Life Letters for children using an agreed format but composing each child’s individual narrative.
- Liaise with children’s birth relatives and prospective and legal adopters around the setting up of any agreed indirect (Letterbox) contact arrangements and then complete the paperwork required, liaising with the ATV Letterbox Co-ordinator to ensure that any proposed ‘Letterbox’ arrangements are set up in a timely manner for every child who is adopted from the care of Brighter Futures for Children.
- Update children’s Mosaic case records when Life Books and/or Later Life Letters are completed and provided to children’s adopters or carers and when ‘Letterbox’ arrangements are set up.
Individual Life Books and/or Later Life Letters will need to be completed within agreed timescales and liaison will need to be maintained with children’s prospective or legal adopters or carers to keep them appraised on progress.
- Set up and maintain an in-house library of books and resources to be used in preparing children for adoption; then holding responsibility for issuing resources to foster-carers and reclaiming them when children subsequently move into their adoptive placements.
And, if requested to do so:
- Provide a level of advice and support to social workers within our Family Intervention or Children Looked After Teams who are completing Life Books for children who are subject to Special Guardianship Orders or permanent fostering arrangements;
- Provide a level of support to social workers employed within the Adoption & Permanence Service around the hosting of support and training groups for prospective and actual Connected Carers and Special Guardians.
Training and Support available to the successful applicant(s):
Training will be made available to the successful applicants around:
- The BFfC Policy and Practice Guidance relating to the completion of Life Journey Books and Later Life Letters for adopted children;
- The BFfC Mosaic records system;
- Using the BFfC electronic template for Life Books;
- The adoption process as it relates to children in care;
- BFfC’s Special Guardianship Procedures
Professional supervision will be available.
Knowledge, skills and competencies:
- Good communication and interpersonal skills including good written and spoken English;
- An excellent telephone manner;
- Good computer and keyboard skills;
- An understanding of the importance of confidentiality in working with substitute carers and undertaking permanence work;
- Good organisational skills;
- The ability to manage workload effectively and to prioritise tasks to meet agreed timescales;
- A satisfactory Criminal Records Disclosure (DBS Check).
- A creative approach;
- Knowledge around communicating with children and young people;
- Knowledge of the adoption process as it relates to Children in Care;
- Knowledge of child development and the impact of separation, loss and trauma on children;
- Experience of working with families;
- Knowledge of disability as this relates to children and their families;
- NVQ Level 3, or equivalent, or the willingness to undertake this training;
- Current driving license and daily use of a car.
- Experience of working in a busy office setting.
- Experience of working in a Social Care setting;
- Experience of working with substitute carers: foster carers, adopters;
For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Hilary Loades (Service Lead): Hilary.email@example.com
Any question regarding application please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications – Sunday 9th May
Interviews will be held on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May