Social Worker - Adoption Team

6 days left

England, Essex, Colchester
Up to £207 per day + Umbrella
24 Mar 2021
21 Apr 2021
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type

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.

The Team

The Post Adoption team is a countywide team that works alongside five other adoption teams responsible for the assessment, recruitment, placement and support of adoptive families. The work within the team is varied and offers a wide range of post adoption support to assist children, adoptive families and adopted adults to manage the impact of adoption on family life.

The team delivers a variety of countywide services:

  • Assessment of needs for adopted children and their families.
  • Supporting adopters and children post adoption order.
  • Schedule 2 counselling for adopted adults.
  • Managing and supporting direct and indirect contact arrangements post adoption order.

Why work with us in Adoption?

  • Great team morale, friendly, helpful, supportive colleagues
  • We are passionate about the use of reflective practice and the use of attachment, sensory and trauma-based theory and practice. Our social work is delivered within this framework
  • Good collaborative relationships with other local adoption agencies, as part of our commitment to a regional adoption alliance
  • Great training pathways for staff with regular Agency Development days, and opportunities for all staff to develop direct work skills
  • Good working relationships with other teams and professionals.
  • Staff are provided with monthly reflective supervision with access to individual sessions with a psychologist to discuss cases

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 impact of neglect/abuse on children and trauma in children important
    Flexible working is required with occasional out of county work
  • Writing in-depth analytical reports.
  • You will be committed to systemic, relationship based social work, providing effective, innovative interventions and with the ability to build good partnerships, both with our external partners and within the organisation.

Crucially, we know that there is more to life than work. We are a motivated and enthusiastic team - but we want you to find an exceptional work/life balance. As such, you will be encouraged to make the most of our commitment to flexible working arrangements, including the chance to work from home.

So, if you want a better quality of life - complemented by a high degree of job satisfaction - then we would be delighted to welcome you to our friendly and inclusive team.

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.

Sorry, newly qualified social workers will not be considered for this position.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.