Support Worker - Adoption - secondment/temporary opportunity for up to 9 months to cover maternity
Portsmouth City Council
At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.
With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Your New Role
It is an exciting time to join Portsmouth Adoption Service. The Adoption service became part of the ADOPTSOUTH regional adoption agency on April 1st 2019. The regional adoption agency provides post adoption support across the four local authorities of Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Southampton. BY pooling resources the region has been able to offer a greater variety of training and support groups to adoptive families.
Reporting to the Adoption Support Team Leader, you will be overseeing the Adoption Information Exchange (AIE) and offering support to post adoptive families. The role is split between:
- Oversight of Adoption Information exchange (AIE).
This role requires particular attention to detail as you will be processing and distributing sensitive information between birth families and adoptive families. A heightened attention to confidentiality is an important aspect of this role.
- Post Adoption Support.
This role is part of the Regional Adoption Agency's provision of post adoption support.
You will hold a caseload of service users & provide direct support and intervention to the families who have identified adoption support needs.
You may also be required to work occasional evenings and weekends to attend meetings both with professionals and families.
What you'll need to succeed
As well as having experience of working with children and permanent substitute families, you will have the ability to work sensitively with adults and/or children who may be experiencing emotional stress or may be vulnerable owing to their circumstances or cognitive abilities. Good communication skills are essential as well as the ability to manage your own workload and time whilst working in pressurised situations.
What you'll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.
Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.
DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.