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Family Placement Social Worker

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£28,631.00 - £38,163

Posted Date

10 October 2022

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee

Closing Date

26 October 2022

The Adoption Placement Service has been successful in recruiting adoptive parents and has been able to place many children in stable and loving families; the service is looking to continue this work and appoint a qualified Social Worker who will primarily provide adoption support to adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees.

Objectives of Service

The primary aim of Barnardo's Scotland Adoption Service is to provide the highest quality of adoption placement and adoption support services.

Our objectives include:-

To recruit, assess and approve a diverse range of adoptive families to meet the needs of waiting children.
To carefully match the needs of waiting children with the skills of the prospective adopters
To ensure all Barnardo's adopters have access to training, guidance and the support of a qualified supervising social worker
To provide a comprehensive support service to subscribing local authorities
To provide search and reunion service to those affected by adoption
We provide an intermediary service between adoptees and birth relatives
To directly work in partnership with adoptive families in need of therapeutic support to help build and maintain family relationships and improve outcomes for children
We facilitate letterbox contact

Initial Specific Responsibilities

To provide a range of therapeutic interventions, (this may include Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Non Violent Resistance and Nurture through play) to those affected by adoption.
To be part of a team of social workers who provide post adoption support.
To develop and deliver training to local authority partners, adopters, and other agencies.

Supplementary Information

This post requires a professional Social Work Qualification and Registration with Scottish Social Services Council.

This post requires an understanding of the lifelong nature of adoption. A sound knowledge of Family Placement Legislation and Regulation and a working knowledge of trauma informed practice and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, experience of working therapeutically and the application of counselling skills.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document (if applicable). This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

Barnardo's offers a hybrid working model covered under our `Work from Anywhere' Framework, therefore vacancies advertised with this as an opportunity are open for applicants to either work from home or any location within the UK, including Barnardo's Hub/Office that is a reasonable distance from your home address. This post is to primarily cover the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee and north Fife areas and will include frequent travel to those areas.

Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.

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