Adoption Social Worker (FIF07969)

Fife Council

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Job Description

Interview Date: Tuesday 22 August 2017

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the attached Job Pack. These explain the job role and the type of person we are looking for. The main terms and conditions of employment are also available via the above link.

The role of the Adoption Team is to recruit, assess and approve adopters, to provide post adoption support, to provide adoption counselling for adopted adults, to undertake section 19 adoption assessments and to undertake permanence planning for relinquished babies. The Adoption Team works closely with colleagues in C&F Social Work Teams to ensure better outcomes for children.

The Social Work Service offers two types of help to children and their families in Fife: Assessment of need and risk: Time with a social worker who may provide information, advice and a planned, assessed analysis of difficult situations in order to improve a child’s and/or family’s difficulties.

Direct service provision: Care, protection, support and accommodation (including residential houses and family placements with foster carers and adopters). Our highest priority is the protection of children who may be at risk of harm, and the support of families to allow children to remain at home wherever possible. Where this is not in children’s best interests, our focus is on providing the best quality of care away from home for children and young people.

Social Work staff work closely with colleagues in other services and agencies in providing an integrated approach that seeks to meet the range of different and complex needs that vulnerable children and their families experience.

Fife Council pays the Scottish Local Government Living Wage Rate to employees earning less than £8.33 per hour. If the hourly rate of pay for the post is less than the Scottish Local Government Living Wage Rate a supplement will be paid.



A Diploma in Social Work (or equivalent) qualification is essential, as is registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

The ability to travel throughout Fife is essential.

The pattern of working hours will be determined for individual remits and on occasions may include evenings and weekends.

There will be a requirement to attend meetings outwith normal working hours, when necessary, subject to service user and staff availability.

There will also be a requirement to attend outwith normal working hours for development, training, registration compliance etc when necessary.

Before confirming appointment, you will be required to obtain PVG scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland.


Participate in the recruitment of Adopters.

Undertake thorough and informed assessments of Adopters.

Provide support, supervision and monitoring to Adopters – including facilitating support groups.

Contribute to the training and development of Adopters.

Provide a range of support services to service users requesting adoption counselling / post adoption support / relinquished babies / Sec 19 adoption assessments.

Participate in the Adoption Team Duty system

Participate in Adoption Preparation groups

The Individual


Experience in a Children and Family setting

Knowledge and understanding of Child and Adult Protection guidelines and information sharing protocols

Experience of joint working to achieve common goals


Experience of working within Family Placement Service with adopters / adopted adults / post adoption support

Knowledge and understanding of theory underpinning practice in relevant areas of Social Work

Experience of group work

Experience of Permanence Planning

Experience of case co-ordination/planning

Experience of multi-disciplinary working and liaison with a range of agencies

In Fife Council How We Work Matters and you will be responsible for being a role model by displaying and promoting behaviours that are expected of all Council employees:

• Take ownership
• Focus on customers
• Work together
• Embrace technology & information
• Deliver results

For Further Information Please Contact: Linda Fraser on 03451 555 555 Ext: 480317 or email 

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