Social Worker, Adoption Team, Almondbank House, Perth

Job Description Social Worker, Adoption Team (PKC11276) £42,683 - £45,536 Almondbank House, Lewis Place, Perth We have a vacancy for a Social Worker in a busy adoption team. The team covers the whole of the...

Job Description

Social Worker, Adoption Team (PKC11276)
£42,683 - £45,536
Almondbank House, Lewis Place, Perth

We have a vacancy for a Social Worker in a busy adoption team. The team covers the whole of the Perth and Kinross Council Area.

Our team has five main responsibilities. These are:

• To recruit, prepare, assess and support adoptive parents and offer adoption support.
• To family find, progress the legal route and support children who require permanent substitute care through adoption.
• To provide a post adoption counselling service for adults who are interested in tracing their birth families and children.
• To co-ordinate post adoption birth family contact (indirect and direct).
• To co-ordinate and support the management of the Fostering and Permanence Panel.

This is a child care post in the Adoption Team. The team’s child care workers are responsible for children who are approved as requiring permanent substitute care by the Fostering and Permanence panel where the intention is to achieve adoption. They have a dual role of progressing the legal process through the Children’s Hearing system and Court system (Permanence Order with Authority to Adopt and then Adoption Order), whilst undertaking family finding and preparation work with children and supporting them throughout the adoption process and thereafter as appropriate. They undertake all other statutory responsibilities related to looked after children and young people. You may also be involved in the provision of adoption support and adoption counselling.

Perth & Kinross Council is currently progressing with a hybrid working model offering access to office working on some days or when required. We are committed to being a more inclusive employer, please contact the recruiting manager to discuss any individual circumstances, discuss at interview or if you prefer, after any conditional offer is made, to ensure we can consider any reasonable adjustments.


The Individual / The Person

You must have a recognised qualification in Social Work.

You must be registered as a social worker with the SSSC.

Experience or knowledge of adoption/fostering work is desirable.

You will be well organised, able to prioritise and manage competing demands.

The role will also require you to be compassionate, confident and clear in your communication.

You will be able to demonstrate high standards in written work and have a clear understanding of the needs of vulnerable children and families.

You will need to be flexible, supportive and approachable.

You will have a commitment to continued professional development.

You must have a valid UK driving licence as this post requires you to travel to a variety of locations across Perth and Kinross and beyond.

The Individual

If you would like any more information regarding this vacancy, please contact Claire Cunningham, Team Leader on 01738 472260 or at

Please APPLY ONLINE.  Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross.  If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

When completing your application for this post, please ensure that you provide contact details (including e-mail addresses) for two referees. One should be your current or most recent employer.

As part of our safer recruitment measures, any offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of mandatory checks including eligibility to work in the UK, Disclosure Scotland or PVG, qualifications, references, and fitness to undertake the post. This may also include an Overseas Criminal Records Check if you have spent time living overseas.

A healthy work life balance is important to Perth & Kinross Council and we provide supportive management and flexible working arrangements to help you achieve a healthy work life balance. You will have access to training and support for continued professional development.

Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender. 

Perth & Kinross Council welcomes applications from former armed forces personnel/reservists. Many of the skills picked up during your military career could be transferred directly into a role with local government.

At PKC our values and behaviours influence our work and support us in the delivery of the Perth and Kinross Offer. In your application, and should you be invited to interview, you will be asked to describe situations that support the criteria required in the role and which also demonstrate our values and behaviours. Find out more about PKC and you could soon be joining our team!

Find out more about working for Perth & Kinross Council and living in one of the most scenic areas of Scotland here.

What we can do for you

If you are successful in a role with Perth & Kinross Council, you will have access to a range of benefits to help your physical, mental and financial wellbeing.

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