You will be joining the diverse and dynamic Adopt Birmingham Regional Adoption Agency, a unique collaboration with a Voluntary Adoption Agency.
In Birmingham, over half of the children waiting for adoption are of Black, Black and other or Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds and many will have a seen or unseen disability. We seek to increase the diversity of our staff group, to ensure an inclusive welcome to those seeking to adopt.
We are seeking a Senior Practitioner Social Worker to undertake a range of adopter assessments (both agency and non-agency). You will ensure their preparation, promoting early permanence, developing support to children and their new families through matching activities, supporting their journey through to adoption order. You will be completing more complex family assessments in line with statutory timescales.
There is opportunity to co-deliver a range of adoption preparation and support initiatives promoting therapeutic parenting skills, Stay and Play sessions, and themed workshops working in partnership with adopter co trainers. You will be take a lead in promoting the relationship based practice model and demonstrate robust understanding of developmental trauma and its’ impact.
Your role will include strengthening the adoption support to adoptive families and supporting access to adoption support specialist provision. Your role will include supervision of staff and students and assisting with team practice development activities.
Holding a social work qualification, with at least 3 years post qualification in childcare social work, you will be registered with Social Work England. You will bring extensive evidence of experience of working with vulnerable children and their families, and effective partnership working with statutory and voluntary agencies. Resilient under pressure, you will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of professional social work practices and legislation, with an ongoing commitment to professional learning and development. Some experience of supervising students and/or staff is also required.
You will be required to travel outside of the city and it would be preferable to hold a valid driving licence (with access to a BCT hire pool for planned visits)
Interviews will be held on 3rd and 4th November 2022
For informal enquiries please contact Jane.C.Fensome@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk or Helen.Maybee@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk