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Head of Service Adopt London (4 Posts, North, East, South and West)

Circa £80K

Main area
Children Looked After
Circa £80K
Full Time, 35 hours per wekk
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Circa £80K
09/01/2019 23:59

HEAD OF SERVICE ADOPT LONDON – (4 Posts providing services to 28 London Boroughs)

Salary circa £80K

This is an exciting opportunity to implement and lead a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) within London.

It is proposed that four regional Adoption Agencies will cover the London area each hosted by a local authority. North - Islington, South – Southwark, East – Havering and West - Ealing.

Successful applicants will be employed within the Host Authority.

The 4 Regional Adoption Agencies provide an opportunity to collaborate across all of London making a real difference to the lives of children at both a local and national level.

The vision for these Regional agencies is to achieve excellent outcomes for children and adults affected by adoption and to ensure services delivered are of the highest standard.

With previous experience of managing adoption services, you will know what excellent practice looks like. Your experience of transforming services will underpin how you shape and develop services to ensure this is consistently delivered.  Currently registered with HCPC and with a Social Work degree (or equivalent), you will have strong knowledge and understanding of adoption regulations and relevant legislation and practice. You will have demonstrable skills in service improvement, with the ability to use excellent influencing and change management skills to work across organisational boundaries. Most importantly however, you will have a passion for supporting children and families to ensure that they can thrive and flourish. This is an opportunity to lead a fantastic team, make a real difference to children and families and be at the cutting edge of new ways of working. This post is politically restricted within the terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. The post-holder will be responsible to the Director of Children’s Services in one of the Host Authorities (Ealing, Havering, Islington or Southwark) and will work closely with senior colleagues across the other Local Authorities that form their Adopt London RAA to ensure best practice developments continue.

NB - As the Regional Adoption Agencies are currently under development and not yet “live”, no permanent offer of appointment will be made until cabinet sign offs have been achieved in the relevant region, currently circa February 2019.

Closing Date: Please note the closing date has now been changed until 9th January 2019 at 23:59

Assessment Date: Mid January 2019

Interview date: Friday 1st February 2019 Assessment




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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information on any of the above posts please contact

Julie Lewis Project Manager 0207 527 8577 or

Sarah Lyons Project Support Officer 0207 527 8706


Alternatively, a drop in event to find out more about the roles has been scheduled for the 12th December 2018 between 3.30 – 6.30pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the venue of the drop in event scheduled for the 12th December.

The drop in will now take place at room 1 on the ground floor at 222 Upper Street Islington.  Not Tooley Street SE1

Project Managers from all Regions will be available at this event to discuss proposals for the new Agencies.

Please contact Sarah Lyons above to register your intention to attend this event.

If you have problems applying, contact