Social Worker in the Post Order Team

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: SW - £31,557 - £40,869
Location: Waltham Forest
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 30/09/2021 at 23:55
Reference: Fam/21/159992

 Job Description for Social Worker in the Post Order Team  


We are looking for an enthusiastic and dynamic social worker to join our Post Order team with experience in Adoption/Special Guardianship matters.


The task of the Post Order Support Team is to:

  • Provide and/or commission adoption/ Special Guardianship support services in relation to
    • The adopted child
    • The adoptive family
    • The birth family
    • The adopted adult
    • Children on a special guardianship order
    • Special guardians
    • Former care leavers


  • The completion of post order support assessments of need to identify families and children’s support needs and the appropriate support available for them.


  • To liaise/refer children and families to our partner agencies, both statutory and voluntary including health and education, regarding therapeutic support


  • To identify and commission other therapeutic resources for children and families funded through the ASF


  • To make applications to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) for therapeutic work for adoptive and special guardianship families, including those adopted from overseas. To oversee/ monitor the progression of these services and make further applications where appropriate


  • To implement and review financial support arrangements


  • To offer a mediation service for families having difficulties with contact arrangements. 


  • To provide access to records and intermediary service to adopted adults and adult care leavers requesting their adoption/care records


  • Maintain a contact service, direct (face-to-face) and indirect (letterbox)


  • To assist with the facilitation of the Special Guardians Support group every other month for Special Guardians to attend and discuss issues regarding their care of the children.


  • To assist with facilitating social activities such as family fun days for both adopted families and special guardians. 

Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

How to apply

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