Ealing Council


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Job Title

Senior Social Worker (Adoption and Special Guardianship Support team)

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Job type

Full Time

Salary package

£40,869 - £45,834 pa (inclusive) Grade 11-12

Job description

Fixed-term contract for external candidates and/or secondment opportunity for Ealing Council employees for 12 months, open to current social worker and senior social worker post holders.

Adopt London West RAA is a partnership service comprising the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow and hosted by the London Borough of Ealing. Every child has the right to a safe and supportive family life. Adopt London West aspires to promote best practice across its adoption and special guardianship support services to children and their families, birth parents and adopted adults.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an additional senior social worker to join Adopt London West on a 12-month fixed term contract in the Adoption and Special Guardianship Support team.

We are looking for a social worker with experience of adoption and special guardianship support and the potential complex dynamics in these arrangements. You will be committed to innovative practice and assuring the best possible outcomes for children and their families.

The support service in ALW is passionate about providing timely and bespoke support to our growing body of adopters and special guardians. Besides carrying out support assessments of need, we also deliver Foundations for Attachment training to the families with whom we work. We also offer support via our education support groups, webinars, social events and a SG support group, co-facilitated by a special guardian. The support service is also responsible for birth parents’ advice, facilitation of any contact arrangements and access to adoption records.

You will hold a social work qualification and be Social Work England registered.

Ealing Council is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Ealing Council follows safer recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.

The post holder will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Ealing Council’s enhanced vetting process.

This role is deemed customer facing and as such you must have a command of spoken English which is sufficient to enable you to effectively perform the role. This requirement relates to Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Caroline Horsley on 020 8825 7735 or horsleyc@ealing.gov.uk

This position is for a fixed period of 12 months. External applicants will be offered a fixed-term contract and existing Ealing Council employees will be offered the opportunity of a secondment. It is open to current social work and senior social work post holders.

Ealing Council employees must ensure a secondment release form is signed by their line manager before applying and emailed to HRSSC-RecruitmentTeam@ealing.gov.uk by the application closing date.

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