Isle of Wight Council

Permanence Team

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Adoption Social Worker

County Hall

£31,639.00 to £34,382.00

Contact: For further information or an informal discussion please contact Berni Farmer on 01983 823160.

Vacancy Reference: 500564510

Closing Date: 07/10/2022

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: 37 per week


The Permanence Team encompasses the Fostering and Adoption services for the Isle of Wight. This is structured into three hubs with an assistant team manager heading each hub. The Fostering recruitment and assessment hub, The Fostering support hub and the Adoption hub. Candidates must have three years post qualifying experience to fulfil the regulations to undertake adoption work.


The hubs have defined activities although the team work together when needed to support each other.


On the Isle of Wight, the overall average house price means you get more for your money compared to many other places in the South East. On a starting salary of £32k, a relocation grant of up to £8k makes buying your first home affordable or moving up to a bigger house achievable. Our market supplement provides up to an additional £4k a year as you progress.


You have 31 days annual leave a year to enjoy all what the Isle of Wight has to offer. In a recent poll with social workers across the South East, work life balance was their top priority when deciding on a job.


We will invest in you and your career by providing you with five extra days for you to take to focus on your professional development with our support. You will have a state-of-the-art laptop, SMART phone and an online SW toolkit plus we are implementing a brand-new ICS system.


We have a really positive, supportive culture and working environment. Even our agency workers don’t want to leave and if they do, they ask to come back as they have said the Isle of Wight is the best children’s social care service, they have worked in. We work to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight model which is a strengths-based, multi-disciplinary approach focussed on building resilience in individuals, families and communities, whilst managing risk and safeguarding children.


We continue to be in our successful partnership with Hampshire County Council rated as outstanding by Ofsted across all areas, with their Director of Children’s Services our DCS too. Ofsted have rated us as a GOOD children's social care across all areas following our last inspection published in 2019. Ofsted found that:


'Children's lived experience is at the centre of social work practice on the Island.'



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For more information about our services please click to: /Residents/Care-Support-and-Housing/Childrens-Services/


If you would like to get a taste of what it’s like to live on the Isle of Wight, please take a look at this short video:


We look forward to receiving your application.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Berni Farmer on 01983 823160.


Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.

A relocation scheme of up to £8,000 is available to new employees subject to qualifying criteria. Further details are available upon request.

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, who is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Recruitment, Policy and Procedure and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

This role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council has delivered, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and will continue to do so until 2023. The original five-year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years.

The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.

Telephone 01983 823134 or email if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.


We often receive a high volume of applicants for our vacancies. If you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion. If unsuccessful, we actively encourage you to revisit our job pages and apply to alternate posts that may be suitable.

Closing date: 7th October 2022.

Interview date: 21st October 2022.