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Social Worker (Adoption & Support) HCC7073

Job Details:

Salary Range: £32,752 - £36,862 per annum
Market Supplement: £1,400 per annum
Work Location: Glen House, Southampton
Hours per week: 37
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 30 August 2019
Contact details for an informal discussion: Please call Melanie Johnson, Adoption Support Team Manager 01489 587022

Support eligible adoptive children and families across the county

The Adoption Support Service Team offer a range of services; the provision of support groups, therapeutic parenting workshops, consultations sessions and a duty service for advice and support. We also undertake Adoption Support Needs Assessments and deliver or commission adoption support plans.
The focus of our work with children and families is on adoption related issues, such as attachment and life story work. Whilst we work with parents to manage risks, we also work alongside other teams when thresholds are met for statutory services. As engagement with our service is completely voluntary, we need creative ways of engaging with parents, and working alongside them to improve the outcomes for the children. To ensure our services are accessible to adoptive families, this role does include the provision of workshops and events that are held on evenings and weekends and are shared across the team.
We are seeking an experienced and passionate adoption Social Worker who can apply professional knowledge to transform outcomes for individuals, relatives and carers whilst facilitating effective multi-agency solutions. With your significant Social Work experience, you’ll have excellent communication skills and the ability to relate to all different kinds of people, plus the motivation to grow in your role through personal and professional development.  
Above all, you will be determined to make a difference for both the service and the children and families who need it. you will know what excellent practice looks like and will be able and to improve outcomes for children and adopters. Most importantly however, you will have a passion for supporting children and families to ensure that they thrive and flourish.

Role Responsibilities:
  • Use professional skills, knowledge, experience and interpersonal and specialist communication skills to gather information and make a full assessment of individuals and carers/families.
  • Refer to other relevant agencies where appropriate to ensure all risks and needs are considered.
  • Take appropriate action in conjunction with other agencies and within legal and statutory framework, to protect vulnerable people.
  • Establish and maintain mutual trust with clients, carers and families.
  • Devise individual care plans based on assessed needs and risks that take account of diversity. Care plans should promote dignity and empowerment and comply with legal and statutory requirements. 
  • Identify appropriate service provision which is within the Department’s resource framework and adhere to Best Value Principals. 
  • Enable individuals to achieve goals and maximise their strengths.
  • Ensure services provided meet identified needs.
  • Monitor, review and reassess care packages/services against identified risks, needs, and objectives to ensure the continued effectiveness in achieving required or wanted outcomes.
  • Make appropriate use of paper and computerised case recording systems to and effectively contribute to professional case management and comply with current legislation and Departmental Policies and Procedures. Records should be accessible to individuals, colleagues and managers as appropriate. 
  • Produce reports as required which comply with statutory and Departmental procedures and capture and analyse information clearly and guide decision making and case management.
  • Within the bounds of confidentiality and appropriate consent, communicate effectively with individuals and agencies to keep them appropriately informed and involved.
  • Ensure knowledge of benefits, fees and allowances is current and advise individuals how to access them to achieve maximum independence and manage expectations and demands. 
  • Assist development of unqualified staff and students to achieve optimum outcomes for service users.
  • Work co-operatively with other agencies and stakeholders and contribute to forums/projects to develop partnerships and services which are responsive to identified needs.
  • Collate information to inform surveys and development initiatives.
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • A Social Work degree, or equivalent qualification.
  • Registration with HCPC.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to express self to people from a range of backgrounds and cultures.
  • Mediation and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely, and experience of report writing.
  • Ability to assess risks, needs, and to analyse information and recognise problems.
  • Understand equality issues in social work practice, and principals of safety, dignity and empowerment.
  • Understand philosophies, professional social work issues and legal frameworks underpinning specific client groups and social services statutory duty and role in the wider community.
  • Experience of working with children and families in social work setting. 
  • Knowledge of Child Protection legislation and understanding of child protection issues and substitute care. 
  • Understand data protection/confidentiality and need for accurate and timely recording. 
  • Understand Best Value principals and need for resource constraints.
  • Organised and able to manage time and conflicting demands.
  • Basic numeracy skills and computer literate.
  • Willing to learn and develop, and to undertake post qualifying training and continuous personal development.
Working conditions of the role may include:
  • Display screen equipment user.
  • Working with children and people with special needs.
  • Potential verbal abuse and/or physical aggression.
  • You must be able to meet the travel requirements of the role. Generally, this means that you will require a full driving licence and access to a car, but reasonable adjustments to this requirement will be considered to cater for a declared disability.
Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a criminal records check. As such please note, we will take up references prior to interview.


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 

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