Senior Social Worker - Adoption (Surrey Council)

Posted on 21 November 2023
  • Salary £22,307 per annum (£44,614 FTE)
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date Apply by 14 December 2023


Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking

Job Summary

  • Job reference
  • Positions available
  • Working hours
    18 hours per week
  • Closing date
    14 December 2023
  • Job category
    Social Work - Children
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Directorate
    BHCC: External

Job introduction

This role has a starting salary of £22,307 per annum, based on an 18 hour working week (The full time equivalent of this salary is £44,614 per annum).

We are currently wishing to appoint a part time Senior Social Worker to join our fantastic adoption team based at our Woking office.

This job is being advertised on behalf of Surrey County Council. Please refer to the Surrey jobs site to apply: Senior Social Worker - Adoption - Surrey County Council (

Adoption Southeast (ASE) is a regional adoption agency delivering adoption services on behalf of 4 local authorities (Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove) under a partnership agreement.

This is an opportunity to join a supportive and committed team of adoption professionals, with the added benefit of development opportunities within the team locally, but also more widely within our regional structure. To learn more about us and our work please visit our website:

About the role

ASE currently operates a 'hub and spoke' model, meaning that in addition to a central hub in Lewes, East Sussex, we maintain offices in each local authority. Staff are all employed on local terms and conditions, and in this instance, the successful applicants would be employed by Surrey County Council with a base at Quadrant Court in Woking.

You would regularly travel to visit adopting families across our region, and occasionally beyond this, as required. Administrative work associated with the role could be completed using hybrid working arrangements, from offices or home as preferred, but with an expectation that you attend the office on an occasional basis for team meetings or as determined by the team manager.

In this role, you will hold a varied caseload, including assessment of prospective adopters from stage 2 to adoption order. The team also undertakes family finding and provides adoption support following placement and the making of adoption orders.

Senior social workers in the service may hold additional responsibilities such as an area of service development or undertake practice supervision of less experienced colleagues.

To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • That you are a qualified social worker with a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience
  • Registration with Social Work England.
  • A sound knowledge of social work practice and legislation.
  • A strong commitment to securing permanency for children through adoption.
  • Use of research and evidence-based practice
  • Commitment to inclusive practice
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Hold a full UK driving licence

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 14 December 2023

Interviews will take place on 21 Dec 2023 in person at our Woking offices.

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact details

To learn more about us, visit our website: or if you would like to have an informal chat about the role please contact: Suzanne Chambers Service Manager, or Christina Oikonomou Team Manager on 01932 794340

We look forward to receiving your application, please refer to the Surrey County Council jobs site to apply, link here Senior Social Worker - Adoption - Surrey County Council (


From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:

  • The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
  • The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form

Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups. We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Company information

 This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Surrey County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

This role is being advertised on behalf of Surrey County Council.

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