This is an exciting time to join an experienced and supportive adoption service, to build and develop specialist skills and to work collaboratively with a range of teams and local authorities to provide positive outcomes for children in their adoptive families.
We have 2.6 Permanent posts available for a senior social worker / social worker (dependent on experience) and can offer some flexible working and either part-time or full time hours.
For an informal discussion, please contact Pascale Davison, Service Manager
About the role
As a Social Worker or Senior in the Adoption Service you will have an opportunity to develop skills in a wide range of work, including assessments of prospective adopters; family finding; matching and placing children as well as post adoption support to families. The service additionally offers training and workshops to adoptive parents and birth records counselling for adopted adults. As a senior social worker you will also have a lead role in developing a specific area of service.
Brighton & Hove Adoption Service became part of a Regional Adoption Agency (Adoption South East) with West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey in April 2020, so it is an exciting time to be part of developing a high quality service for children and families.
You will be employed by Brighton & Hove City Council, based at our Brighton office, and be offered regular individual and group supervision; reflective practice groups; training and the support of the council's Wellbeing Service.
We are looking for committed and empathic workers, interested in continuing your own learning and professional development. You will need the confidence to work independently as well as enjoy being part of a team. In this role you will be collaborating with a range of local authority teams - such as fostering and children's services - as well as the education and health sectors and therapeutic providers. Good verbal and written communication skills are important as you will be presenting reports to Adoption Panels and Children's Courts.
Experience of adoption as a child or family worker is not essential but would be very helpful.
Please note: As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.