Adopt South is a new regional adoption agency, launched in April 2019. The agency is formed through the partnership between Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council, with support from voluntary adoption agencies, Adoption UK, Barnardo’s and PACT. There is existing excellent adoption practice in the region, and by building on strong partnerships and collaborative workforce, Adopt South aims to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and families, placing approximately 150-180 children each year, with over 60 panels a year. This post will be primarily based on the Isle of Wight but there will be an expectation of travel to the mainland to attend meeting etc as part of the regional team.
Adopt South fulfils all aspects of its statutory duties as a regional adoption agency, to ensure matching is as quick as it can be, to improve the life chances of adopted children and to improve adopter recruitment and adoption support.
Adopt South’s Adoption Support Service offers a range of services; the provision of support groups, therapeutic parenting workshops, consultations sessions and an advice and support line. We also undertake Adoption Support Needs Assessments and deliver or commission adoption support plans.
The focus of our work with children and families is on adoption related issues, such as attachment and life story work. Whilst we work with parents to manage risks, we also work alongside other teams when thresholds are met for statutory services. As engagement with our service is completely voluntary, we need creative ways of engaging with parents, and working alongside them to improve the outcomes for the children. To ensure our services are accessible to adoptive families, this role does include the provision of workshops and events that are held on evenings and weekends and are shared across the team.
We are seeking an experienced and passionate adoption Support Social Worker who can apply professional knowledge to transform outcomes for individuals, relatives and carers whilst facilitating effective multi-agency solutions. With your significant Social Work experience, you’ll have excellent communication skills and the ability to relate to all different kinds of people, plus the motivation to grow in your role through personal and professional development.
Above all, you will be determined to make a difference for both the service and the children and families who need it. you will know what excellent practice looks like and will be able and to improve outcomes for children and adopters. Most importantly however, you will have a passion for supporting children and families to ensure that they thrive and flourish.
Key Role Responsibilities:
- Providing advice and support on the Adopt South Advice and Support Line
- Develop and Deliver Adopt South Services through individual, family and group work.
- Working with partner agencies to promote and provide peer support and mentoring.
- Using innovative technology to improve parental understanding of the child’s journey.
- Completion of Adoption Support Needs Assessments in agreed timescales.
- Delivery and commissioning of Adoption Support Plans.
- Develop collaborative relationships with adoptive parents to improve outcomes of adopted children.
- Refer to other relevant agencies where appropriate to ensure all risks and needs are considered.
- Take appropriate action in conjunction with other agencies and within legal and statutory framework, to protect vulnerable people.
- Managing caseload of children and family cases in line with organisational policy and procedure.
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experiences:
- A degree or equivalent qualification in Social Work
- Registration with HCPC
- Experience of working with children and families in social work setting
- Concise verbal and written communication skills
- Mediation and negotiation skills
- Experience of report writing
- Ability to assess risks, needs, and to analyse information and recognise problems
- Understand equalities issues in social work practice and principals of safety, dignity and empowerment
- Understand philosophies, professional social work issues and legal frameworks
- Understand data protection/confidentiality and need for accurate and timely recording
- Computer literate with basic numeracy skills
- Highly organised and able to manage time and conflicting demands effectively
- Willing to learn and develop in the role, with ongoing training and personal development
- Able to be flexible with working arrangements to meet the operational requirements of the post
Working conditions of the role may include:
- Display screen equipment user.
- Working with children and people with special needs.
- Potential verbal abuse and/or physical aggression.
- You must be able to meet the travel requirements of the role. Generally, this means that you will require a full driving licence and access to a car, but reasonable adjustments to this requirement will be considered to cater for a declared disability.
This post is subject to a criminal records check. As such please note, we will take up references prior to interview.
For further information or an informal discussion please contact Sandi Melsa, Assistant Team Manager on 01983 823160.
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Please note that this role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council delivers, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and did so for an agreed period of five years from 1 July 2013, the original five year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years. The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.
The Isle of Wight Council is committed to supporting all newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) through the implementation of a robust post graduate competency framework referred to as the Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE). The ASYE is intended to be the first stage of the continuing professional development for Registered Social Workers, and the framework will be closely allied to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). You will be therefore, be required to satisfactorily complete the ASYE programme within a 12-month period (or 18 months if part time).
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