The starting salary for this position is £35,382 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.
Adoption South East (ASE) is a regional adoption agency which launched on April 1st 2020, when we assumed responsibility for delivering adoption services on behalf of four local authorities (Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove) under a partnership agreement.
ASE staff are all employed by one of the partner authorities under local terms and conditions, and in this instance, the successful applicant would join our established and supportive team based at Quadrant Court, Woking and be employed on Surrey County Council terms and conditions.
During the Pandemic we have learnt a considerable amount about the benefits of working virtually supported by MS Teams and we expect to continue to work in an agile manner as we move through the Roadmap to recovery. This means that although you would have Quadrant Court, Woking as your administrative base, in reality you would expect to work from home for much of the time, alongside visiting service users who live largely but not exclusively, in and around Surrey.
Social Workers in the team undertake stage 2 adoption assessments, alongside other adoption tasks e.g. running training sessions and information events for prospective adopters, providing family finding for children with adoption plans and undertaking adoption support assessments and planning. We also work closely with local authority Children’s Teams and other partner agencies such as specialist CAMHS and independent providers to secure best outcomes for adoptive families.
To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:
- That you are a qualified social worker, with a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience
- Registered with Social Work England.
- Have a broad knowledge of social work practice and legislation, including safeguarding
- Strong commitment to securing permanency for children through adoption
- Experience of completing adoption assessments within a Local Authority, Regional Adoption Agency or Voluntary Adoption Agency setting.
- Use of research and evidence-based practice
- Commitment to inclusive practice
- Ability to work autonomously
- Hold a full UK driving licence
- A satisfactory enhanced DBS check would also be required as a condition of employment.
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 17th October 2021.
Interviews will take place 25th October 2021.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Suzanne Chambers, Service Manager or Debra Hale, Team Manager on 01932 794340. We look forward to receiving your application.
From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.