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Adoption Assessment and Support Team Manager

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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Part Time , Hours per week - 18.5 

Salary:£40,701 - Pro-Rata 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall, Glenfield , Leicester, Leicestershire , le3 8ra 


Closing date:18 August 2019 at midnight 


  • To champion improved outcomes for children and young people in Leicestershire as part of the operational management structure of children social care
  • To ensure that children and families receive high quality coordinated services which meet their needs, keep children safe and secure permanence for children
  • To work with partner agencies in a coordinated and intergrated approach whereever possible to achieve good outcomes for children and families
  • To lead in embedding the departmental practice framework underpinned by the Signs of Safety Methodology to support the delivery of high quality social work practice
  • To provide management accountability to Adoption Assessment and Support of Adoption Placements


  • Relevant degree or equivalent
  • Professional Social Work Qualification
  • Evidence of continued learning and development
  • Professional body membership
  • Substantial post qualifying experience of working with children and families
  • Experience of statutory childcare work, including safeguarding, child protection and court processes
  • Experience of supervising staff or Social Work students
  • Full understanding and strong record of practising using the Signs of Safety methodology or commitment to further development
  • Knowledge of relevant guidance and regulation including the Children Act 1989, Working Together 2015, Children and Social Work Act 2017
  • Knowledge of in-depth safeguarding knowledge and best practice in the delivery of quality services
  • Knowledge of what excellent Social Work practice looks like
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to analyse information to reach sound decisions, often under pressure and to take responsibility for their outcome and regular reporting to the Service Manager
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people using skills of negotiation and persuasion
  • Ability to manage resources and budgets effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to motivate staff and partners to work together effectively for change
  • Be good at prioritisation and managing a heavy workload
  • An understanding of and commitment to Equal Opportunities, and the ability to apply this to all situations
  • Must be able to perform all duties and tasks with reasonable adjustment, where appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010
  • Willing to work duty systems and to work outside normal hours as and when required
  • Ability to drive around the country


This post is the subject of a DBS enhanced check for a regulated activity 

Please see the full Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page
For informal enquires please contact Michelle Robinson, Tel: 0116 3050448 Email: michelle.robinson@leics.gov.uk

We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce.

If you have any technical issues completing your application form please contact escservicedesk@emss.org.uk