Closing date: Sunday 17th January 2021
Interview dates: 27th January 2021 and 2nd February 2021
Please note that owing to the current social distancing requirements, interviews will take place virtually on MS Teams
For any additional information or an informal discussion please contact Suzanne Chambers Service Manager to discuss the role further at Suzanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
About the role
If you have a strong commitment to securing legal permanency for children through adoption, and are interested in applying to an Adoption Panel Member with Adoption South East we would welcome your interest.
Adoption South East (ASE) is a regional adoption agency providing adoption services on behalf of 4 local authorities (Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.) We have nearly 100 staff across a number of sites, and we operate 3 adoption panels, each with its own Independent chair. These panels bring vital independent scrutiny and challenge to adoption decisions, which have life-long implications for children, adopters and birth families.
Currently our panel business is conducted virtually on MS Teams but as we move on from the acute phase of the current Pandemic, operations will be reviewed, meaning that in person meetings may resume later in 2021.
We operate a Central List of members, meaning that although panel members have a home panel (Woking, Horsham or Uckfield), by agreement a panel member might occasionally sit on one of the other panels. This would be voluntary, but means that we can ensure quoracy of panel meetings across the organisation. At the current time we are hoping to recruit additional members for the Woking panel, which meets on alternate Tuesday mornings.
Panel members read detailed social work reports ahead of the panel meetings, and prepare questions for discussion. It is important that panel members are able to undertake preparation independently by accessing reports online (via a secure Sharepoint link.) Given the very personal nature of the information we share with panel members we require an absolute commitment to working confidentially and in accordance with General Data Processing Regulations.
Panel members are paid a £150 fee per session, plus travel expenses and payments are processed on behalf of Adoption South East by East Sussex County Council. The attendance fee is taxable, and it is the responsibility of panel members to declare this as income.
We therefore welcome applications from candidates with relevant personal or professional experience of adoption. Applications will be assessed on the basis of written submissions and interview-please complete our online application form including a supporting statement.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
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 Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.