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									                                            Job Description


Job Title:                           Senior Practitioner – Concurrent Planning

Service:                             Adoption and Permanent Families Service

Project:                             Concurrent Planning

Reporting to:                        Concurrent Planning Team Manager,

Supervisory responsibilities:        None

                                     Grade K: £31,215 – £39,084, inclusive of inner London
Salary Range:
                                     weighting


Purpose of the Role:


To provide a child-centred, comprehensive service to babies and young children, their families
and carers referred to the project, including:


   Promoting permanence planning for children under age 24 months by:
           1. provision of placements with dually approved foster carers/ adopters;
           2. support to parents and relatives of children in placement to assist in plans for
              rehabilitation
           3. Completing viability and other assessments of parents and relatives of children
              referred to the project.


   To develop a specialist area of expertise and responsibility within the team as agreed with
    the team manager.


Main Duties & Responsibilities:


   To receive initial enquiries from prospective concurrent planning carers, and provide

    information and training about the process.

Owner: Adoption & PFS
Created: November 2005
Revised: May 2011
Issue: 3
   To assess prospective concurrent planning carers as adopters and foster carers, and present

    their application to Coram’s Adoption and Fostering Panel.

   To work with Local Authorities in considering children referred to the project and

    identifying a suitable placement.

   To provide information for the care plan and to be available to give evidence in court if

    needed.

   To be involved in planning introductions, making and supporting placements.

   To be involved in arrangements for contact between children in placement and their

    families.

   To make assessments of the parents and relatives of children referred to the project.

   To support the return to the care of parents or relatives in accordance with court directions.

   To support arrangements for the child to be adopted by the carers in accordance with

    court directions.

   To provide post-adoption support to all parties after the making of an adoption order.

   To participate in training for Local Authority staff and other professionals re concurrent

    planning.

   To represent Coram as appropriate in dealings with other statutory and voluntary agencies

    and in Court proceeding.

   To maintain and constantly update personal skills and knowledge to ensure best practice

    and to pass on to others practice experience gained.

   To keep abreast of Coram policies and procedures and legislation and guidance, including

    Coram’s safeguarding policy.




Owner: Adoption & PFS
Created: November 2005
Revised: May 2011
Issue: 3
   To maintain case records and provide other reports that may be required to a high

    standard including Court Reports, reports to Panel etc.

   To participate in supervision, team meetings and consultation with agency advisers.

   To engage with the research and developments being undertaken within the team and the

    wider organisation.

   To promote equal opportunities and to strive to achieve anti-discriminatory, child-centred

    practice in all aspects of the work undertaken.

   To carry out any other duties as requested by the Concurrent Planning Team Manager.




Owner: Adoption & PFS
Created: November 2005
Revised: May 2011
Issue: 3
                                      Person Specification


Skills & Experience


Qualification:


   A professional qualification in social work, and registration with the General Social Care
    Council


Experience:


   Substantial, demonstrable experience within adoption, either of preparing applicants for
    adoption and/or of working with looked after children and placing them for adoption;
   Experience of working within a Local Authority during care proceedings, including court
    work and foster care;
   Experience of assessing parents and making care plans for children.


Capabilities:


A demonstrable ability to:


   Communicate well in writing and orally with people from a wide range of backgrounds;
   Work in partnership with users, both adults and children, to identify and build on their
    potential;
   Organise work efficiently and effectively;
   Keep records and files in exemplary order;
   Work as part of a team;
   Use supervision and consultation appropriately.


Knowledge Base:


   Statutory framework for child protection and permanence planning;
   Statutory framework for adoption;

Owner: Adoption & PFS
Created: November 2005
Revised: May 2011
Issue: 3
   Child development, including babies’ neurological development;
   Attachment theory and the implications for infants aged under two years.


Values


   A belief in the right to family life for all children;
   A commitment to achieving permanence for children within their timescales;
   A belief in children’s right to feel safe and cared for, and a commitment to implementing
    Coram’s safeguarding policy;
   A commitment to promoting equal opportunities and to achieving anti discriminatory
    practice in all aspects of work;
   A commitment to provide high quality practice and to contribute to the maintenance of the
    project as a centre of excellence.




Owner: Adoption & PFS
Created: November 2005
Revised: May 2011
Issue: 3

								
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