Social Worker - Post Adoption

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£30906 - £42254 per annum
25 Mar 2021
22 Apr 2021
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time

Social Worker - Post Adoption

Permanent, Full Time

£30,906 to £42,254 per annum,

Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date: 8th April 2021

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 colleague.
  • 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 skill.
  • 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.

You will need

  • Diploma or degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.
  • Registration with the Social Work England as a registered Social Worker.
  • Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)
  • Case recording
  • Demonstrate ability in the application of social work knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence in challenging social and family situations.
  • A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems e.g., Word, social work case recording systems.
  • Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary

In turn, we can offer you a highly competitive package that includes access to our desirable pension scheme, life assurance (of three times your salary), generous annual leave - plus the option to buy additional holiday. Optional benefits such as tax-free savings on childcare and discounted health and dental care are also available, and we will encourage you to develop your skills with ongoing training opportunities.

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.

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.