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  • Ref no: ABC06041
  • Published: 4/10/19
  • Closes: 8/11/19
  • Location: Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
  • Rate: £0.00
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Part Time
  • Hours: 2 days per month

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced and motivated person to chair Aberdeen City Council’s Adoption and Permanence Panel.

Time Commitment 2 days per month, the first and third Wednesday of every month
(plus preparation time)

Adoptive and permanent foster care placements offer children who are unable to live with their birth family the opportunity to grow up in a lifelong family where they can be offered love, care, stability and security. Our permanence processes need to be robust to ensure that we are able to achieve this.

The Adoption and Permanence Panel makes recommendations on cases presented which includes plans of adoption for children, permanent foster care, adopter approvals and matches between children and their permanent families. The Panel has an important function in the quality assurance of practice and ensuring independent scrutiny of the cases presented and reporting back to the agency on this.

The Panel consists of members who have a wide range of experience and expertise relating to adoption and children separated from their families. The Panel has a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Legal Adviser, a Medical Adviser, a Panel Adviser and Panel members. The Chairperson is an independent member of the Panel and other members are a mix of both professionals from within the social work service and lay members with relevant experience.

The Panel Chair attracts an allowance per session (AM/PM) with Panels taking place on a fortnightly basis. This fee includes time for reading of papers and preparation for the Panel, chairing the meeting and finalising the minutes. The Chair may also be asked to provide cover for the Chair of the Alternative Family Care Panel where the following is considered: all applications to become a foster carer, foster care reviews and applications to become an approved kinship carer.

The Chair manages Panel members in the meeting and completes annual reviews of all members alongside the Panel Adviser. The Chair is supported in their role by the Panel Adviser and a Vice-Chair.

Requirements

You will require a wide range of knowledge and experience to effectively consider the needs of children requiring permanent care away from home and to assess prospective adopters.

This needs to include an understanding of permanence planning for children, the impact of trauma and loss and the lifelong nature of adoption.

A working knowledge of the relevant Scottish legal frameworks and legislation, national standards and regulations is required.

Experience of working in adoption or a relevant field is essential.

The Individual

For an informal discussion, please contact Stacey Wilson, Practice Improvement Officer on 01224 523432 or email: stawilson@aberdeencity.gov.uk

To apply, please submit your CV and a supporting statement outlining your suitability for the role by email to Stacey Wilson, Practice Improvement Officer at stawilson@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Closing date: 5pm Friday 8 November 2019