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Adoption Social Worker

Role: Adoption Social Worker
Location: Milton Keynes
Hours: 21-25 Hours per week
Salary: £26,317 -£33,799 (pro-rata -Fixed range)

We are looking for an experienced Social Worker to join an exceptional adoption team based in Milton Keynes.

Our client is a specialist adoption agency providing a range of services to those linked to adoption.

Being a registered charity for 150 years, they are trusted with supporting the most vulnerable children in society.

As an Adoption Social Worker, you will be tasked with holding case responsibility and managing caseloads, providing a range of services including assessment, training guidance and adoption support.
You will facilitate the family finding and matching of children with potential permanent parents.

The agency is particularly seeking to identify adoptive families for the range of priority children waiting the longest, for adoptive placements including sibling groups, children from BME backgrounds, and those with additional special needs.
You will be expected to undertake a range of work within the broad sphere of Adoption.

Key Tasks for the Role:
Delivering information events & undertaking initial interviews with prospective adopters.

To recruit, assess & prepare adoptive parents for children with a wide range of needs.

Prepare high quality reports & present to the Society's Adoption Panel & Local Authority.
To provide a supportive role to prospective adoptive parents who are waiting, during the placement & post adoption order.

Experience with negotiating & planning inter-agency agreements.

To attend planning meetings and reviews of children placed for adoption & post adoption.

To prepare court reports and attend court hearings where required.

To undertake adoption support assessments.
To be part of the delivery of preventative adoption support services.

Attend annual conferences & group activities for children & young people in adoptive families to deliver preventative adoption support services.
To counsel & support adult adopted people or birth families wishing to access information from adoption records.

To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of developments in adoption & its legislations.
To play a part in communicating the work of the agency & promoting an understanding of the agency's role within the wider community.

Maintain & develop continuous professional competence & training needs.

Essential Requirements for the Role:
Social Work Qualification- DIPSW/ CQSW.
Registration with Social Work England.
Work within the context of Statutory or Voluntary Child Care Agency.
Knowledge of Child Care & Adoption legislation.
An understanding of the lifelong impact of adoption on adopted people & families.
Fully conversant with & able to apply safeguarding procedures in all aspects of service delivery.
Anti-Discriminatory & non-oppressive practice.
Theories & techniques in communicating with children & knowledge of Child Development.
Ability to produce accurate records to a high standard & to understand the legal implication of recording practice.
Able to analyse complex information & compile high quality evidence-based reports.
Valid clean UK driving licence.

A willingness to work irregular hours and cover a wide geographical area.

Desirable Requirements for the Role:
Completion of further professional training.
Inter-Agency adoption work.
Experience of adoption assessments & preparation group work.
Direct work with children including preparing children for permanence & supporting them in placement.
Post qualifying experience, including childcare & family placement responsibilities.
Work in both statutory & voluntary sectors.


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