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Panel Advisor

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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 


Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire, LE3 8RA 


Closing date:23 February 2020 at midnight 

To act as an Agency Advisor to the Fostering/Adoption Panel(S), through the provision of advice to the Chair, Panel members, agency and agency decision makers concerning:
  • The Agency's policies, procedures and practices.
  • Children Act 1989.
  • The Adoption & Children Act 2002 and associated regulations.
  • Fostering/Adoption regulations, standards and guidance 2012.
To assist with the appointment, performance monitoring, review and termination of members of the Central List.
To be responsible for liaison between the Agency, Agency Decision Maker, Chair and the Panels.
Supervise the role of the Panel Administrators to ensure that an efficient service is provided i.e. minutes are of good quality, and distributed as required, that the booking system is effective etc.
To attend the panel as advisor.
The Advisor must be a social worker with at least five years post qualification experience and relevant management experience. Evidence of continuing professional development must be maintained. an understanding of diversity and difference issues is essential.
  • Degree in Social Work, CQSW/DipSW or equivalent and registration as a Social Worker with Social Work England
  • Evidence of relevant professional development.
  • Demonstrable experience identified with the section.
  • The Advisor must be a Social Worker with extensive post qualification experience.
  • Experience working within adoption and/or fostering services in a senior position within a fostering and adoption service.
  • Substantial experience of working with children and families including complex cases.
  • Experience of successful inter-agency working.
  • Providing consultation, mentoring and developing qualified staff/Social Work Assistants or equivalent.
  • Experience of care planning policy and standards.
  • An understanding of implementation of Adoption & Fostering regulations and National Standards and Guidance.
  • High level working knowledge of current relevant legislative framework and national policy.
  • Ability to interpret and disseminate policy and research.
  • Expertise and understanding of child development and attachment theory.
  • Ability to appraise and develop staff.
  • Ability to interpret and analyse statistical and written information.
  • Understanding/Knowledge of adoption, fostering, disability and children & family issues.
  • An understanding of diversity and difference.
  • Ability to quality assure through supervision, case audit and review to ensure high standards of practice within the service.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with members service users, and colleagues at all levels and to build effective partnerships internally and with external agencies.
  • Able to work to tight deadlines.
  • Computer skills.
  • Write and present clearly for a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to work within an equal opportunities, non discriminatory framework.
  • Ability to assess effectively the performance and development needs of social work staff.
  • Effective negotiating and interpersonal skills.
  • identify, attain and maintain high levels of practice.
  • Professional Credibility.
  • Innovative/flexibility.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities.
  • 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.
This post is the subject of an enhanced DBS check
Please see the job description/Personal specification which are attached further down on this page.
For informal enquiries please contact Joss Longman TEL: 0116 305 3288 EMAIL:
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.
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