Scotland's Adoption Register - Senior Practitioner

Expiring today

St Andrew's Children's Society
31584 - 35361 pro rata
06 Sep 2016
27 Sep 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Scotland's Adoption Register - Senior Practitioner


Please post your application to the address on the application form or email to


As a result of the restructuring to staffing arrangements for Scotland's Adoption Register we plan to employ a permanent part time practitioner for 21.75 hours per week (3 days).  We are looking for:


Essential requirements

  • Current SSSC registration.

  • MA/BA in social work/DipSW or equivalent.

  • Minimum of 2 years' recent practice experience within and adoption and family placements setting.

  • Ability to work in the UK without visa restrictions.

  • Strong assessment and referral skills.

  • Good understanding of Scottish Adoption and permanency  practice and legislation.

  • Current PVG.

  • Full driving licence and own car.


Main Duties


  1. Provide support to agencies to help them make best use of the services offered by the Register, including

    • responding to questions in relation to placement of individual children and potential links for approved adopters

    • offering support to individual workers to help them consider the best approach for identifying links for specific children/ prospective adopters

    • helping workers/ agencies consider alternative recruitment solutions for children who are proving harder to place

    • running training and workshops on profiling children / the use of activity days etc.

  2. Take lead role in planning, preparing for and running linking events including adoption exchange days and adoption activity days to create opportunities for as wide arrange of families as possible to learn about the needs of children awaiting placement

    • manage the practical arrangements involved in setting up and running the events

    • liaise with the wide range of individuals and agencies involved and support them to undertake the high level of preparation required

  3. Promote work of the register and the dissemination of pro-adoption information

    • develop materials to be used with adopters, children and young people, birth families and practitioners to explain the work of the Register and promote the needs of children

    • maximise opportunities offered by the Register and Link Maker websites to promote adoption and to provide useful information and advice for people involved in the adoption process

    • contribute to the development of the online/ social media presence of the Register

  4. In conjunction with the administrative coordinator, maintain the effective operation of the national linking service

    • Ensure that information systems are accurate, up to date and conform to required data standards

  5. Support the development and operation of an online linking system and maximise the opportunities this presents

    • Liaise with Link Maker staff and other support services to ensure the Register's IT systems work effectively and are enhanced and developed as appropriate

  6. Contribute to the collation of information about the performance of the Register and of adoption practice in Scotland,  and assist in the preparation of the range of reports required by the Government and other stakeholders


Carry out any other duties that may reasonably be required

See also:
job applcation form.doc
SAR Snr Practitioner - job description - person spec 17-8-16.docx