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Social Worker - Adoption

  • Location: Countywide
  • Ref: FS06224
  • Closing date: 22 October 2017
  • Contract type: Fixed Term / Secondment
  • Salary: £29,473 - £42,693


Children’s services in Buckinghamshire are on a journey to delivering outstanding services. Children and their families are at the centre of everything we do. Building on the Strengthening Families model adopted for child protection conferences in 2016, we want to apply the latest skills and knowledge to achieve the best outcomes possible for the children we seek to protect and support.

In conjunction with the University of Sheffield, we are keen to incorporate the key principles of the ‘Strengthening Families, Enhancing Futures’ to our services here in Buckinghamshire, to enhance and recognise what we already do. The model follows the following key imperatives:

  1. Understanding the world of the child
  2. Understanding the world of the adult(s)
  3. Recognise family strengths as well as concerns
  4. Engage families in the change process
  5. Measure change through actions and interventions

About us


We are looking for a Qualified Social Worker to join our Adoption Team based Aylesbury although there will be the requirement to work across the county and regionally.

Please note this is a fixed-term contract running up until end March 2018 in the first instance.

Keeping the children and young people of Buckinghamshire safe and healthy is at the heart of everything we do. It is our vision that each and every child has the best head start and the most positive futures ahead of them. Find out more

We know your skills are highly sought after so we’re offering a 6% market factor salary enhancement if you choose Bucks. You will also receive a Golden Hello payment of £2,125 upon your one year work anniversary; car allowance of £300 per annum (paid monthly), and a Relocation Allowance up to £8,000 (if applicable)*. At Buckinghamshire County Council, we’ll support you to develop your skills and experience and continue your own career progression

About the role

This post will focus on various aspects of Adoption social work, including family-finding and adoption support.

You will be part of an enthusiastic and experienced team working closely with colleagues across children’s services and in partnership with external agencies.

Please see the attached job summary (below) for further details.

This is a career-graded role, and salary offered will be dependent upon experience, and demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the needs of families and adopted children.

About you


To make a great Social Worker, you'll demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the needs of adopted children and their families and be able to contribute to the further development of the service.  In this busy, fast paced team, you’ll get on best if you are flexible and able to work well under pressure. You will work closely with colleagues from various teams and build positive links between your team and other parts of the service to ensure effective multi-professional working. You will hold a degree in social work (DipSW) and registered with the HCPC.

Please see the attached job summary (below) for further details.

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