Social Worker - Adoption Team, West Essex
Permanent, Full Time
£32,787 to £44,826 per annum
Working Style: Community-based worker
Closing Date: 5th February 2023
Please note this role is based in Harlow
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.
In ECC we are “Serious about Social Work”. Having won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. Additionally Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.
The Team This is an exciting opportunity to join an established team of social workers who co-ordinate, undertake and support assessment of suitable adoptive households and seek to identify suitable adoptive placement for children whose care plans are one of adoption. The team is based in Harlow however the adoption agency covers the county and therefore we support colleagues in our neighbouring quadrant teams when required.
- To act as a role model and source of professional expertise in relation to current best practice in adoption.
- To uphold statutory requirements of both adoption and children’s legislation, plus any Departmental requirements.
- To participate in team meetings and to attend any other meetings as required, including wider agency/departmental meetings
- To attend relevant children’s reviews and adoption planning meetings when required by the team manager (with the exception of Recruitment and Post Adoption)
- To lead and contribute to training courses when required
- To ensure both the safety and best interests of children are paramount and that child protection procedures are followed
- To be accountable for working cases and to undertake direct work with children as requested by the team manager to include assessments of children, and any siblings
- To undertake the assessment of prospective adopters (with the exception of Recruitment Team and Post Adoption), support approved adopters through introductions and the placement of a child through to the making of an adoption order
- To maintain an up to date record of activity on case files in line with the department case recording policy, produce reports, attend court and give verbal presentations to the Adoption Panel as required
- To participate in case discussions, Strategy Meetings, Legal Case discussions, Child Protection Conferences and Statutory Reviews.
- To work effectively with other child care social workers to ensure that children are placed for adoption with the minimum of delay
- To promote and comply with Safeguarding procedures
- Record details of assessments on the system; collate cohort and trend data, monitor outcomes and respond to data requests.
What you’ll need to join our Social Work teams
- A Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
- Registration with Social Work England as Registered Social Worker.
- Be able to demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge& Skills Statement (KSS)
- Experience or a good understanding of working within Children and Family services
- Open to change and ready to innovate, you will be keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively
- Court experience preferable
- Analytical report writing skills are essential
- Understanding impact of neglect/abuse on children and trauma in children is important
- Flexible working is required with occasional out of county work
- Writing in-depth analytical reports.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Qualification certificates must be brought to interview.
To read more about us please visit: Children & Families
Please take a look at our ‘No Magic’ Children & Families video here
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.
Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.
We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.
What you should do next
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
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