Liverpool City Council (LCC) are seeking to recruit an experienced social worker to our Adoption Recruitment and Family Finding Service. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right people to make a real difference to the lives of our children, young people and families.
Why work in Liverpool:
- World class culture, media and sport offers
- One of the world’s most distinctive and creative cities, in top 40 visitor destinations in the world
- European Capital of Culture in 2008 – massive range of events planned for 2018 celebrations
- Visitor economy £4.3bn, welcomed over 62m visitors and supports over 51,500 jobs
- World Heritage Site and home to the world’s largest harbour
Our vision for children, young people and families is:
All our children and young people enjoy the best possible quality of life and reach their full potential
The new Director and his team are committed to supporting and motivating an experienced, stable and skilled workforce to ensure we deliver this vision for our children and families,
Liverpool City Council have now regionalised with other local authorities including Wirral, Sefton and Knowsley to become ‘Adoption in Merseyside’ (AiM) to provide a dedicated Adoption service in the Merseyside Region. Adoption in Merseyside is a newly formed shared service bringing together 4 Local Authority Adoption Teams and this is in line with the Department for Education regionalising adoption services throughout the UK. The hub and spoke service will be based in New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Halewood, South Liverpool. The location of New Hutte allows free parking and a supportive work environment. The post is funded by Liverpool on a secondment arrangement to Knowsley Borough Council who are the host authority.
We are seeking applications from experienced practitioners who are confident, influential and succinct in completing assessments of prospective adopters, providing support to both adopters and children with a plan of adoption and ensuring timely family finding.
The service provides and delivers a quality service for prospective adopters including robust assessments and analysis, preparation training and on-going support. The service also maintains close links with each of the local authorities to ensure children with a plan of adoption find a stable, strong adoptive placement in a timely manner with the appropriate support to ensure success.
Your social work skills, knowledge and experience will enable you to assess prospective adopters and also understand the child’s needs and wishes in order to progress the plan of adoption resulting in the best outcome possible for children and their adoptive families.
We are committed to support practitioners to continue their professional development by providing specialist workforce development activity throughout a worker’s career pathway underpinned by a career progression whilst maintaining a healthy work life balance.