Social Worker - Post Adoption Chelmsford
Permanent, Full Time
£32,787 to £44,826 per annum
Working Style: Community-based worker
Closing Date: 9th October 2022
In Essex County Council, we are “Serious about Social Work”.
Having won the “Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award” and been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn’t enough, 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.
This is an exciting opportunity to join an established team of social workers who undertake assessment of adoption support needs and provide a range of therapeutic support services to meet the needs of adopted children and their families through commissioned services via our external partner agencies and in house support services, which provides many opportunities for development, working creatively and undertaking direct work with children and families. The team also provides Schedule 2 counselling and support for Adopted Adults seeking to access their records and/or trace birth relatives, while also supporting Birth Relative Initiated Contact (BRIC) The team is based in Chelmsford however the adoption agency covers the county and are part of the Adopt East Regional Adoption Alliance, therefore we work closely with colleagues in our quadrant teams, neighbouring authorities and the Adopt East Alliance.
- The role is Social worker for the Post Adoption Team, based in Chelmsford. The team delivers a variety of countywide services:
- Assessment of needs for adopted children and their families,
- A range of therapeutic and direct work using a variety of skills and techniques in supporting adopters and children post adoption order
- Schedule 2 counselling for adopted adults
- Supporting Birth Relative Initiated Contact with adopted adults
- Managing and supporting direct and indirect contact arrangements post adoption order
- To act as a source of professional expertise in relation to current best practice in adoption support.
- To provide post adoption support services through both individual and group work to adoptive children and their families.
- To undertake direct work with
- To uphold statutory requirements of both adoption and children’s legislation, plus any Departmental requirements.
- To participate in and/or chair a range of meetings as required, including wider agency/departmental/regional meetings.
- To facilitate and contribute to training courses and support groups when required.
- To ensure both the safety and best interests of children are paramount and that child protection procedures are followed.
- 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 as required.
- To participate in case discussions, Strategy Meetings, Legal Case discussions, Child Protection Conferences and Statutory Reviews
- Other work involves working with local providers to undertake specialist assessments and therapeutic work. Working with commissioning partners both within ECC and externally also forms part of the role.
What you’ll need to join our Social Work teams
- A diploma or degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
- Registration with the Social Work England as a 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 of working as part of a team in a Social Care environment
- Experience or a good understanding of working within Children and Family/Fostering/adoption 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 of the impact of neglect/abuse on children and trauma in children are important
- Flexible working is required with occasional out of county work
- Writing in-depth analytical reports.
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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.
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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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