Qualified Social Worker - Children's Adoption Pod - secondment/temporary opportunity for up to one year to cover maternity leave
Salary: Main Grade: £29,577 - to £32,233 + recruitment & retention package of £5000 over 6 years.
Higher Grade: £35,744 - £39,880 p.a.
Please indicate on your applications whether you are applying for a main grade or higher grade post
37 hours per week
This exciting opportunity for 12 months full time maternity cover has arisen in our Adoption team.
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
We are seeking a qualified and suitably experienced Social Worker to join our adoption pod which is part of Portsmouth Children and Families Service Through Care Team 1.
You will be involved in information gathering in collaboration with the Children's Court Social Worker who is situated within the Locality Teams to complete the Child's Permanence Report (CPR). The Child Permanence Report is an essential tool in enabling the adoption agency to plan for the future life of a child. Along with other documents submitted to the court, it will enable the court to decide whether adoption is the right plan for the child and whether a Placement Order should be made. The CPR is also the primary document used for family finding - a significant role for the Adoption Social Worker.
Following the making of a Placement Order the case fully transfers to the Adoption Pod. The Adoption Social Worker prepares the child for adoption through direct work, linking prospective adopters and moving the child on to their adoptive family. The Adoption Social Worker will remain the allocated worker up until the Adoption Order is made and permanence is secured for that child.
What you'll need to succeed
You will be a qualified social worker and be registered with Social Work England. You will have suitable post qualifying experience in working with substitute families and in permanence planning. In addition you will have a sound understanding of the needs of Looked After Children and permanence, particularly in relation to adoption.
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.