Social Worker - Adoption
Grade 9 Level 1 - 4 (£35,737 to £40,230 per annum for FTE)
7th Jan, 2024
Job description

Are you an enthusiastic, adaptable “can do” social worker, who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of adopted children and their families? 


The City of York Council’s adoption service is part of One Adoption North and Humber, a high performing regional adoption agency, and we are looking to for an adoption social worker to join our team in York.

One Adoption is committed to providing timely, high quality services to meet the needs of Looked after Children who need permanence through adoption.

You will be part of a highly-acclaimed supportive service that has a comprehensive programme to ensure new recruits have a thorough induction, receive ongoing support from managers and have the opportunity to progress in your career.

This work involves the recruitment and assessment of prospective adopters, providing training and support, family finding for those children with an adoption plan and offering adoption support to families when children are placed pre and post the making of an Adoption Order.

You must be willing to work across the range of adoption services and be enthusiastic and committed to improving outcomes for children.

In addition the successful applicant must possess;

  • A final level professional qualification in social work, e.g. a first degree in social work or C.Q.S.W., C.S.S., Diploma in Social Work (DipSW) or similar as defined in the National Conditions of Service.

  • A good knowledge and understanding of legislation in respect of children, families and human rights and its practical application, of working with children and their families and of communication methods.

  • A child-centred approach and a sound knowledge of child development.

  • Team working ability, good time management and organisational skills.

  • An ability to analyse information and make sound, rational decisions.


If this is you and you also meet the requirements of the post, then we would love to hear from you.

The Council is committed to investing in the talent and wellbeing of our staff and can offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, comprehensive Health & Wellbeing initiatives and a reward package which recognises your contribution. We can offer flexible working practices, community engagement and volunteer activities and, as part of our commitment to you, promote continuous Learning & Development. In addition we also offer a growing range of discounts, rewards and savings.

As this role is public facing, applicants will need to demonstrate, at interview, their competency to converse and provide advice and guidance to members of the public, in spoken English to CEFR level C1: Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously, almost effortlessly. Only a conceptually difficult subject can hinder a natural, smooth flow of language.

City of York Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We require the successful candidate to undertake an enhanced Criminal Record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Hybrid working arrangements are available for this role. Each role at CYC is different and your working arrangements will be determined based on the requirements of the role and in collaboration with you and your needs as part of the recruitment process. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Cassy Barnes (Adoption Team Manager) at or on 01904 553525

Closing date: Sunday 7 Janurary 2024 at 12 midnight

Interview date: Friday 19 Janurary 2024

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