Job Title:Senior Practitioner
Location: St Albans
Salary Range: £34,788 - £38,813 pa + £2000 annual market forces (T&C's apply)
Hours: 37 per week
Hertfordshire Adoption Service has recently undergone a transformation and as a result an exciting opportunity has arisen to join us as a Senior Practitioner in the Adoption Assessment Team West. The team sits within Hertfordshire’s Specialist Services, and you will be joining a forward thinking service that puts the outcomes for children at the heart of all we do.
We assess and prepare prospective adopters county wide for adoptive parenting, working closely with the Safeguarding and Children Looked After Social Work Teams around permanency planning for children, navigating the complexities of the adoption regulations around matching, placement, court applications for adoption orders and appeals. Some of the work involves working with other adoption agencies and working with their different practices and culture. Early linking and fostering for adoption is firmly on our agenda.
This is an opportunity to develop skills and expertise in assessing adoptive parents, ensuring matching is right for adopters and right for the child/dren. You will continue to support the adopters through to the making of adoption orders.
Good assessment, analysis, and safeguarding skills are essential.
You will need to be a qualified social worker including registration with Social Work England and have a good understanding and experience of relevant adoption regulations and legislation.
You will be joining the Adoption Assessment Team West, based in Rainbow House St Albans but travelling across the County and countrywide. A full driving license and access to a car is necessary.
We are looking for an experienced Social Worker with the following skills and abilities:
- Social Work England registered
- You will have proven post qualifying experience and a commitment to own continuous professional and development of best practice.
- Knowledge/understanding of child development, attachment and the impact of trauma on children and adults.
- Experience/and or an interest in the facilitating training courses, including implementing adoption standards.
- You will be confident using computer systems to organise and record information clearly and accurately
- You will be comfortable working independently as well as working as part of a team maintaining confidentiality at all times.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively by phone, in conversation and in written formats
- Whilst being child focused you need to be confident building professional relationships as well as supporting and advising service users and colleagues.
- The ability to work under pressure and in difficult situations is essentials as is always the ability to remain calm and professional .
- Sound knowledge and understanding of the statutory framework and current research on effective safeguarding practice and promoting the welfare of children to address user needs.
- There may be occasions where the competing needs of the service require you to work across other teams within the adoption service
- The post will report to the Adoption Team Manager
The Adoption Assessment Team is based at Rainbow House, St Albans but the successful applicant will be able to travel both in and out of the county as required. Due to the nature of the role, flexibility around some evening and weekend working will be required.
Closing Date: Sunday 7th June 2020
Interview Date: 17th June 2020
For an informal discussion and more information please contact: Alison Robin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.