Senior Social Worker – Family Finding Team –



Europe > England > West Midlands > West Midlands > Birmingham


Contract, Contract


Up to £29.93 per hour



Date Posted

September 15, 2020

Start Date


Applications Close

October 15, 2020

Job Description

Medicare First are currently recruiting for an amazing opportunity for an experienced Senior Social Worker to work in the Family Finding Team in Birmingham.

Job Role

At BCT the Family Finding Social Worker works in partnership with the Child’s Social Worker and the team around the child, to assess the needs of children with an adoption or long term fostering plan, establish the capacities or qualities of the permanent family required, undertake the search work to identify that family and establish a strong “match”. Once the match is identified, the Family Finding Social Worker leads on the matching report and support plan, the presentation to panel for approval, the co-ordination of the child’s preparation and the transition planning. The Family Finder’s work ends at the first post placement review.


The Family Finding Social Worker should have a sound knowledge of child development, the effects of early childhood abuse and or neglect and signs of developmental trauma. They should have skills in the assessment of children’s current and future needs, of parenting capacities and the provision of support. They should also have skills in managing children’s care plans, presenting to panels, responding to court directions to deliver statements or oral evidence and producing child centred, evidence based reports in a timely way. In addition, the Family Finding social worker should be able to manage the team around the child, advising and guiding them on the processes for permanency and overcoming any barriers to progress sensitively and diplomatically. Given that the Family Finding social worker will be asked to consider a range of families presenting as adopters or foster carers, they should be prepared to assess their values base and respond to all families equally without prejudice.


Must be a qualified social worker with at least 3 years’ experience in children and families social work. Ideally, the candidate would have previous work experience in Family Finding Services though work with children in care, in adoption assessment or support or fostering assessment and support is relevant. Candidates without Family Finding experience should be keen to learn and proactive in transferring their knowledge and skills to a new area; support will be provided.

The team

The successful candidate will join a well-established, experienced and stable team who value good working relationships and the support that comes from them. The team benefits from fortnightly team meetings in which organisational updates are provided in addition to opportunity for reflection and practice discussions. The team manager is visible with an open door policy. Whilst the office is located in the city centre, the team is linked to the East Chid in Care teams and some work is based from their area office in Erdington, in addition to other officer in and around the city. On occasion, if we identify placements outside of Birmingham, travel further afield is required.

What you will need:

  • You must have the right to work in the UK
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • HCPC registration

About Medicare First

Medicare First are a nationwide social care recruitment provider specialising in finding qualified social work professionals for temporary and permanent work across the UKs local authorities. We work to provide a fair and ethical service to the workers we represent; it is central to our business ethos. The well-being of vulnerable adults and children and younger people can only be properly supported when our teams deliver on their commitment to our worker community.

We are always interested in hearing from CAMHS Practitioners, Independent Reviewing Officers, Senior Social Workers, Service Managers, Team Managers, Adult’s Qualified Social Workers and Children’s Qualified Social Workers.

Medicare First is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of sex, age, race, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity or disability.

*Terms and conditions apply.

This vacancy is based in the United Kingdom. Medicare First operate in the UK and can only process applications from candidates who are currently UK residents and eligible to work in the UK. Whilst we will endeavour to contact you following your response, due to the high volume of applications we regret that this cannot always be possible. If you have not had notification from us within 30 days please take your application as not being successful this time but we will keep your details on file for future opportunities.