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Social Worker OCC276090

Job details


Salary range: £31,346 - £37,890 per annum

Work location: Nash Court, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working 

Contract type: Temporary for 12 months

Closing date: Friday 12th December 2021

Interview date: Tuesday 21st December 2021


Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a criminal records check.




About us


Adopt Thames Valley is a Regional Adoption Agency, and the participating local authorities are Oxfordshire, Swindon, Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Bracknell, and Windsor & Maidenhead.  


This is an exciting time to work in the adoption service, as we develop initiatives to place more children with adoptive families. We are looking for an applicant who has experience and/or a genuine interest in this area of work.


The Team is very friendly and supportive, as well as being hard-working and very committed to adoption work. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in permanency, looked after children, and of course adoption to gain some experience and share their perspective and experience with us.



About the role


We are looking to recruit a social worker to cover maternity leave. This will be a 12 month contract, however there may be the possibility to extend this contract within the team. We are hoping to recruit to a full time post, however we are happy to consider part-time workers.


This Social Worker vacancy is based with the Oxford/Swindon team, but the post holder will also be supported to work from home through Oxfordshire’s agile working programme.


The work will mainly involve recruiting, training, assessing and supporting prospective adoptive parents up until their child is formally adopted. It may also involve some family finding for children in Swindon and Oxford.


Face to face visits to prospective adopters and to children in their placements will be necessary and this can include travel outside of the local area.  



About you


We are ideally seeking a social worker with three years post-qualifying experience in relevant work settings, such as within children’s Services or Family Placement, and who has excellent assessment, analytical and report writing skills. The applicant will need to demonstrate that they possess good verbal presentation skills and be willing to facilitate the learning and development of prospective adopters.


If you do not have three years post-qualifying experience, but feel that you could be a good fit for this role, please do make contact with us and discuss.



Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development. 


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering. 



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role please contact one of the Team Managers:



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory. 


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form



Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation 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 these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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