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ADOPT SOUTH WEST - Senior Social Workers

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Children’s Social Care
Work Location
Post 1: Totnes; Post 2: Taunton Post 3: Yeovil 
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Occupational group
Social Care & Health
Salary details
£31,401 - £35,229 per annum pro rata
Job term
Appointment type
Full Time
Post 1: 37 hours per week; Post 2: 18.5 hours per week Post 3: 22 hours per week
Closing Date
31 March 2019
Interview date
Assessment team 10th April 2019 | Family Finding Team 5th April 2019 | Post Adoption Team 4th April 2019
For an informal discussion please contact
Assessment Posts:- Nak Irwin 07855 940302, Alison Barker 07971 314660 | Family Finding Posts: Suzy Caffrey 07977 011849, Helen Atkinson 07890 539793 | Post Adoption Support Post: Nigel O’Brien 07971 312711
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ADOPT SOUTH WEST - Senior Social Workers


Opportunities have arisen to join Adopt South West, a new and exciting regional adoption agency established October 2018.  As we continue to develop and expand we are looking to recruit experienced social workers throughout the region, offering full time and part time options. 



3 FTE x posts within our Assessment Service  

It is envisaged that the posts will be based in our Taunton and Yeovil offices. The teams are responsible for recruitment, training, and assessment of prospective adopters.  Once approved you will support adopters actively family finding and attend adoption panel for approval and matching.  An ability to complete comprehensive assessments and some experience of delivering training would be preferable. There will be opportunities within this role to contribute to the development of the service we offer to adopters and children as we continually review our services.   


2 FTE x posts within our Family finding Service

It is envisaged that these posts will be based in our South and North Teams. The Teams are responsible for seeking adoptive families for children where the Local Authority Plan is adoption.  We work closely with four referring local authorities, Somerset, Torbay, Plymouth and Devon.  You will play a key role in supporting Children’s Social Workers through the adoption process, selecting adoptive families and ensuring the placements are planned and made in a timely way, to ensure that children are placed at the earliest opportunity. Fostering for adoption is large part of the role. Previous experience of working alongside foster carers would be an advantage.  

You will attend and organise Family Finding events throughout the region and nationally.  You’ll have strong interpersonal skills to successfully liaise with other authorities and adoption agencies across the UK. You will play a key role in early placement support until the adoption order is made.


An ability to complete comprehensive assessments and some experience of delivering training would be preferable. There will be opportunities within this role to contribute to the development of the service we offer to adopters and children as we continually review our services.


1 x Post Adoption Support Service


Social Worker – Post Adoption Team.


Opportunities have arisen for a qualified social worker (ideally with three years post-qualifying experience) to provide support to adoptive families in the North of the region. These posts will primarily cover Somerset cases; however, you may be expected to cover other areas across the region and beyond when needed.



The main duties will involve undertaking support assessments and reviews, providing therapeutic support to families, advocacy, and making Adoption Support Fund applications. This position will also involve supporting families who are in crisis, or where there is concern about placement stability. You will also be required to deliver workshops to parents and help facilitate support groups and assist in the delivery of therapeutic parenting courses. This role will include adult adoption counselling, including writing file summaries for adult adoptees and will also involve offering birth family support when needed.


You need to have experience of working with children and families and ideally safeguarding, adoption and group work experience.  You must demonstrate an up to date knowledge of social work practice in relation to permanence and understand the needs of adoptive families and adoptees.  You need to be well organised and able to manage and prioritise your own workload and work independently at times.


Please note, flexible working hours, travelling and some working out of the county may be required. This post will benefit from peer mentoring and monthly supervision to support you in this role.


For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Nigel O’Brien, Team Manager, Post Adoption Team (North of the region) on 07971 312711 or email at nigel.obrien@devon.gov.uk



Within all these roles the work is varied and rewarding, supporting families through our Therapeutic Parenting course and using models such as DDP and Theraplay techniques. 

You will need to have some experience and understanding of adoption work and have gained experience of social work within children and families.


Flexible working hours, travelling and some working out of the region form part of these roles.  


Adopt South West is an innovative and supportive agency where staff development and continued professional development is part of our core planning.   You can expect to be welcomed into committed and supportive staff teams who will offer great peer support to help you to learn the role and fulfil your remit.

Monthly supervision and team meetings plus reflective learning groups and ongoing training tailored to meet the needs of our staff will be offered to you.


If you are interested in adoption work and feel you have the right skills, please contact us for an informal discussion.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role requires a DBS disclosure.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.

This post is covered by the Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2018.

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