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Social Worker (Adopt Thames Valley) OCC17714

Job Details:

Salary range: £30,507 - £36,876 per annum 
Work location: Saltway Centre, Swindon
Hours per week: 37.00- we are open to discussions about flexible working
We are recruiting for the following roles: 

- x1 37 hour, permanent Social Worker

- x1 37 hour, temporary for 12 month Social Worker. 

Closing date: Thursday 24th February 2020
Interview date: Thursday 5th March 2020

This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview.

About us:

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

About the role:

This post will be mainly based in Swindon, but is part of the Oxfordshire and Swindon team, and part of the wider RAA. Although most of the cases will involve prospective adopters and children living in the Swindon area, there will be some cases elsewhere in the region and sometimes in neighbouring counties. The post holder will need to attend supervision and team meetings in the Oxford office. 
This is an exciting time to work in the adoption service, as we develop initiatives to place more children with adoptive families.

About you:

We are looking for an applicant who has experience and/or a genuine interest in this area of work and who can demonstrate this in their application and interview if selected for interview.    

The work involves getting to know about the children who need adoption, meeting them, their social workers and foster carers, and then proactively seeking out an adoptive family for them. It also involves recruiting, training, assessing and supporting prospective adoptive parents up until the child is formally adopted. There is a Permanence Support Team in Adopt Thames Valley who provide post order support.  

The Team is a hard-working and supportive team, who are very committed to adoption work. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in adoption to gain some experience, and share their perspective and experience with us. Anyone working for Oxfordshire interested in this post as a secondment would need to speak with their own line manager. 

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 & Selection Criteria

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Caroline Nicholls, Diane Holloway  or Pauline Upstone on 01865 897050

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 role requirements, 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 at occ.recruitment@hants.gov.uk or by calling 01962 847728.


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 this commitment.


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. 


All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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