The Achieving Permanence Team is recruiting a Senior Social Worker to work with children and families where adoption or long term fostering is the care plan and to support the wider Children’s Services in continuing to improve permanency planning for all of our Looked After Children.
We are a well-established, stable team with highly committed and experienced staff and this is a fantastic opportunity for a social worker who is passionate about permanency and adoption to step up into a senior social worker role.
The Achieving Permanence Team undertake a diverse range of tasks to make sure that children who cannot grow up within their birth families are placed with families where they will thrive, be happy and healthy and meet their potential. These tasks include adoption family finding and matching in partnership with Adoption London South. Securing well matched long term foster placements, transition planning, court evidence and attendance as well as direct work, life story work and all statutory looked after children procedures.
As a senior social worker you would also be key to supporting the day-to-day running of the team, supporting other team members and promoting permanency across Children’s Services . This would include duties additional to casework such as attending permanency and legal panels, chairing meetings and attending court with other workers. You may also be responsible for the supervision of Newly Qualified Social Workers and Student Social Workers.
We are looking for a social worker with good experience of the adoption process and permanency planning. A worker who has excellent assessment and analytical skills and ability to produce written work to a court level standard as well as having a solid understanding of the legal framework which underpins adoption, long term fostering and safeguarding. Promoting equality and tackling oppression and discrimination should be at the core of your practice.
Direct work is a big part of the job. You should be creative and skilled in direct work to support children to share their experiences and feelings and prepare them for the transition into permanent care and beyond. This work includes producing coherent and excellent life story books and later life letters for our children. Relationship based practice and the ability to form helpful, supportive and respectful relationships with our children and families is key to the team’s work.
We also work collaboratively with a huge number of other agencies. These include all other parts of Children’s Services who we undertake permanence consultancy work with; Adopt London South, national adoption agencies, CAMHS, education, health and voluntary services. You will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as a determination to chase up communications to eliminate delay and drift.
A commitment to systemic ways of working, restorative approaches and attachment informed practice is vital. As is a commitment to actively seeking continual professional development.
You should hold a degree or DipSW in social work, be registered with the HCPC, with evidence of continuing professional development. In return we can offer a competitive salary, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, generous holiday allowance, flexible working options as well as a number of other staff benefits. We also have an excellent learning and development offer within the council.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Clare Ryan Service Manager 0-15 Care Service - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note this role requires an enhanced level DBS check
Closing date: 23 July 2021.
Interviews and assessments will take place the week commencing the 2 August 2021.
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Southwark Council are following the current Government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus. During this period, we still look forward to receiving your application and if you are selected for interview, we will be conducting interviews virtually using video link e.g. Microsoft Teams. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants.