The salary for these roles is £35,382 - £44,619 per annum based on a 36 hour working week and will be pro-rata according to hours.
We currently have the following positions available:
- 1x Senior Social Worker - 21.6 hours per week (£40,227 - £44,619 per annum, pro-rata)
- 1x Social Worker - 21.6 hours per week (£35,382 - £39,246 per annum, pro-rata)
- 1x Social worker - 36 hours per week (£35,382 - £39,246 per annum)
Almost two years ago Adoption South East (ASE) was created to deliver adoption services on behalf of Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove Councils. ASE brought together almost 100 staff from these four local authorities under a single leadership team, and we have since seen our agency go from strength to strength, resulting in approval of over 150 adoptive families and placement of over 120 children. Due to retirement of long-standing members of our Woking team, we are now looking to recruit Social Workers and Senior Social Workers to help us continue our success story
ASE staff are each employed by one of the partner authorities. In this instance, the successful applicant would be employed by Surrey County Council, on their terms and conditions and have an administrative base at Quadrant Court in Woking
Work may also be undertaken from other ASE locations given our investment in agile working. Indeed, throughout the COVID19 Pandemic, our staff have largely worked from home, making frequent use of remote and hybrid technologies but with scheduled visits to families and occasional office-based meetings on an as required basis. As such, we would require successful applicants to be willing and able to travel across our regional footprint, for which travel expenses are paid.
Our workers undertake a wide range of work, including recruitment, assessment, training and support of prospective adopters, as well as working alongside Social Workers of children with adoption plans to identify adoptive families for these children. We promote early permanence for children wherever possible, making a number of such placements each year taking advantage of Fostering for Adoption processes.
Following finalisation of the adoption order, we continue to offer events and training for adoptive families, and undertake adoption support assessments where there is need for this working closely with our local authority Children’s Teams and other partner agencies such as CAMHS and independent therapeutic providers to make sure that support is effective and personalised. We also support adults who have been impacted by their own adoption, or that of a close relative.
We aim to bring out the best of all our staff and there are regular opportunities to develop and learn new skills, taking account of the varied work we do and our ability also to make use of the learning and development offer of our sovereign councils with whom we maintain close and supportive links.
Senior Social Workers also undertake additional responsibilities such as supervision and mentoring of less experienced staff, or may lead on projects or service improvements. The exact nature and complexity of tasks undertaken by the post holder will be determined by level of skill and experience, and service needs at the time, and would be supported through monthly supervision, practice development groups as well as access to regular team meetings.
To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly demonstrate:
- Qualified Social Worker, registered with Social Work England
- Recent experience in a Children’s Social Care setting
- Proven commitment to securing permanency for children
- Evidence-based practice
- Commitment to inclusive practice
- Hold a full UK driving licence with access to a vehicle, insured for business use
Senior Social Worker applicants must also demonstrate awareness of Adoption Practice and regulations, have a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience and capacity to work autonomously and provide support and mentoring to less experienced colleagues.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 30th January 2022.
Interviews will take place on 4th February 2022 and 7th February 2022.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
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.