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Recruitment Children & Families Support Worker (Adopt South) HCC8555

Posted on Jan 31, 2019 by HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Glen, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar United Kingdom
Health Care
Immediate Start
£20.2k - £22.8k Annual

About Adopt South

Adopt South is a new regional adoption agency, launching in April 2019. The agency is formed through the partnership between Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council, with support from voluntary adoption agencies, Adoption UK, Barnardo's and PACT. There is already excellent adoption practice in the region, and by building on strong partnerships and collaborative workforce, Adopt South aims to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and families, placing approximately 150-180 children each year, with over 60 panels a year.

Adopt South fulfils all aspects of its statutory duties as a regional adoption agency, to ensure matching is as quick as it can be, to improve the life chances of adopted children and to improve adopter recruitment and adoption support.

For the press release announcing the formation of Adopt South and the Hampshire County Council decision report, please click here.

Do you want to make a difference to young people all over the South?

This is a unique opportunity to join an innovative new team and make a real difference to children and families across the South of the country. We are seeking a compassionate and skilled Children and Families Support Worker to join a team recruiting new adopters for the region. You will primarily be office based; responding to adoption enquiries and taking calls from prospective adopters. Additionally, you will play an active role at recruitment events to discuss applicants' interest in adoption. These events will be mainly outside of office hours and therefore flexibility is essential to ensure services are delivered at optimal times.

You will have excellent communication skills both written and verbally and be able to confidently engage with members of the public, both face-to-face and on the telephone. With your proven experience of working with children and families, you will be able to hit the ground running and have excellent IT skills as you will be required to search data bases and work with a range of IT systems.

You will be determined to make a difference for both the service and the children who need it.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Undertake duty call with applicants, gathering information and accurately record this.
  • Maintain, create and update all records, platforms and registers as required
  • Manage enquiries in a timely manner, escalating to senior staff when necessary
  • Prepare recruitment stands and events, attending recruitment events to engage and market services
  • Undertake screening checks
  • Prepare and support for our weekly Adoption Information Sessions this will include preparing summary sheets with key information of applicants/.
  • Provide an active role at recruitment events
  • Evening, weekend and flexible working required

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experiences:

  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of people in a variety of situations, using mediation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work in an inclusive/non-discriminatory manner
  • Ability to use own initiative to inform occasionally difficult decisions
  • Strong communication skills both verbally and in writing, with an ability to construct coherent reports
  • Ability to work flexibly and meet the travel requirements of the role
  • Proven IT skills

Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experiences:

  • NVQ level 3 or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Experience of working with young people who have experienced trauma or loss or have an understanding of this.
  • Experience of dealing effectively with difficult interpersonal situations.

Working Conditions:

  • Use of Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
  • Lone working

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such please note, we will take up references prior to interview.

Reference: 635074044