Independent Adoption Panel Chair

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Casual / Seasonal / Bank / Permanently Variable hours
Working Pattern:
As and when required
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 10/05/2021 23:59
£450 / meeting
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
an agreed meeting location
Post Number:
Number of posts:
Closing date:
10 May
Further Information

This is an exciting time to join adoption services in Durham as the regional adoption agency Coast to Coast has just launched. The adoption agency operates a spoke and hub model with the adoption functions being retained by partner Local Authorities.

Durham County Council’s Children and Young People’s Services are looking to appoint an additional Independent Adoption Panel Chair. We would be particularly keen to hear from people who have previous experience of chairing complex meetings. The Adoption Team works tirelessly, and the Panel sits twice a month to ensure assessments of prospective adopters and matches for our children are timely.

The candidate we are looking for will have the enthusiasm, commitment and competence to be able to prepare for and chair the Adoption Panel ensuring the active participation of all panel members. Candidates will need to be child-centred with a sound understanding of the adoption process. The candidate must possess the ability to analyse and explain complex information and to put attendees at ease.

A fee of £450 is paid per Panel meeting.

Applicants should be a qualified Social Worker with a minimum of 3 years’ experience and current Social Work England registration.

Information on the duties and specification of the role is included in the attached document.

For further information please contact barbara.arbon@durham.gov.uk

The successful candidate will require a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

Interviews will be undertaken virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Please note this appointment is for a three-year tenure and is covered by IR35 arrangements.

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.

Apply on-line or for further assistance contact Payroll & Employee Services on Telephone: 03000 267247 (24hr answerphone). Email: PESCYPS@durham.gov.uk

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.