"PACT is a supportive and respectful place where people are genuinely passionate about what we do. Our energy and professionalism deliver something special. Open to new opportunities, our innovation and creativity drive our commitment to make a positive difference to the lives of the people with whom we work"
Head of Adoption
Permanent full-time appointment based in either Reading or Pimlico, London
Salary in the range £51,500 - £62,945 pa plus £3,299 pa London weighting if based in London
PACT provides an outstanding adoption and adoption support service as well as award-winning community-based programmes. We have been at the forefront of adoption services for over 60 years and are one of the UK’s leading adoption agencies. We place children with secure and loving families and support them via our award-winning specialist and innovative therapeutic support services. Our adoption services are rated as outstanding by Ofsted and we pride ourselves on the delivery of impressive and high quality services. We work collaboratively with local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies across the UK.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to contribute to the strategy for, and own the operational leadership, of our adoption services. A member of the executive team and reporting to the chief executive, this is a key role and as such you will be responsible for maintaining our reputation as a leading adoption agency and for the successful delivery of the strategy and business plans for our adoption teams. An ambassador and advocate for PACT, you will explore innovation, networking and business development opportunities.
For more information see the Head of Adoption job description.
We are looking for an individual who has significant experience of leading and developing services at senior manager or head of service level, ideally gained in the children’s social care sector. You will be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of the regulatory and statutory framework for adoption and for safeguarding children.
To succeed in this role you should be confident, capable of inspiring, motivating and managing others, have excellent communication skills, and demonstrate a real passion for improving outcomes for looked after children.
A qualified registered social worker, you will be resilient and able to manage both operational and strategic priorities. Committed to an ethos of continuous improvement, you will be able to lead and deliver change to deliver consistent quality of service by challenging appropriately.
What we offer
In addition to offering a supportive and respectful place to work, where everyone is genuinely passionate about the work we do, we offer a package that includes 30 days annual leave plus public holidays, a local government pension scheme, flexible working, free parking in Reading and interest-free season ticket loans.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Jan Fishwick, Chief Executive on 0118 402 1698.
Closing date: Friday 29th June 2018
Interview date: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Quality Assurance and Panel Advisor
Permanent part time (18.5 hours per week) appointment based in Reading
Salary in the range £21,068 pa - £25,750 pa which is pro rata the full-time range of £42,136 - £51,500 pa.
PACT provides an outstanding adoption and adoption support service as well as award winning community-based programmes. We have been at the forefront of adoption services for over 60 years and are one of the UK’s leading adoption agencies. We place children with secure and loving families and support them via our award-winning specialist and innovative therapeutic support services. Our adoption services are rated as outstanding by Ofsted and we pride ourselves on the delivery of impressive and high quality services. We work collaboratively with Local Authorities Voluntary Adoption Agencies across the UK.
The QA and Panel Advisor has a key role in the adoption service, with overall responsibility for quality assurance and management of the adoption panel process.
Together with the Panel Chair, they have responsibility for ensuring that appropriately experienced and qualified panel members are recruited, inducted and receive training and annual appraisals.
They also work alongside managers of social work teams to advise on quality assurance, and act as a challenge to current practices. Leading on the delivery of Ofsted readiness, they undertake audits so that best practice is delivered consistently across teams and continuously improved.
For more information see the QA and Panel Advisor job description.
We are looking for a registered and qualified social worker who is passionate about improving outcomes for looked after children coupled with a sound understanding of the regulatory/statutory framework for adoption and substantial post qualification experience.
To succeed in this role you should be well organised, able to challenge constructively in order to achieve and retain outstanding standards at all time, have excellent communication skills and able to demonstrate effective partnership working with a variety of stakeholders.
A good understanding of safeguarding is also required.
What we offer
In addition to offering a supportive and respectful place to work, where everyone is genuinely passionate about the work we do, we offer a package that includes 27 days annual leave plus public holidays, a contributory pension scheme, flexible working, free parking in Reading and interest-free season ticket loans.
Closing date: Thursday 5th July 2018
Interview date: Wednesday 18th July 2018
Senior Social Worker
Full time, permanent, based in Pimlico, London
Starting salary in the range £32,347 – £39,535 per annum with inner London weighting of £3299 per annum
PACT, a voluntary adoption agency, has been at the forefront of adoption services for over 60 years and works with local authorities across the country. With our outstanding rating with Ofsted we work with a high degree of flexibility and innovation and work with a range of adopters from all backgrounds, including those from black and minority ethnic heritage and the LGBT community.
You will be part of a committed and passionate team that focuses solely on adoption and recruiting adoptive parents who can consider fostering to adopt and adopting a wide range of children including those over four years old, sibling groups of two or more children, children with a black or minority ethnic background and children who may have physical or learning disabilities. With access to therapeutically trained social workers, therapists and clinical psychologists we are able to provide support for the lifetime of our families’ adoption journeys and facilitate positive outcomes for children and their families.
With your three years of experience in adoption, you will be responsible for all aspects of work with our valued applicants from the early stages of recruitment, initial interview, preparation and training, through to successful placement and post-placement support up to the making of the adoption order.
For more information see our Senior Social Worker job description.
Closing date: Monday 25th June 2018
Interview date: Friday 13th July 2018
CVAA Chief Executive Officer
Permanent post – full time
Salary circa £75k (or more for an exceptional candidate)
Located in London or elsewhere – with regular travel The Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) is seeking to appoint a dynamic and determined leader who will serve as Chief Executive of CVAA. In partnership with the Board, she or he will be responsible for the profile, success and sustainability of CVAA as a collective endeavour for excellence in the adoption system. Working with national and local partners, she or he will support our members in the work they do for children and families; collaborate with a range of partners to improve the adoption system; support the sector-led Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board; and make a big impact for some of the most vulnerable children in our society. Please see the Recruitment Pack for full details.
Application is by CV and covering letter with details of your current salary.
If you have any questions, or to arrange a pre-application telephone conversation with the CEO or Chair of Trustees, please contact Sam Ward by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0118 402 1706.
Closing date for applications: noon, Friday 13th July 2018
Interviews: shortlisting telephone interviews 18th-24th July 2018; final panel interview 2nd August 2018
PACT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults therefore please note our recruitment procedure includes DBS checks and overseas checks (where applicable). Please note prospective employees will need to evidence they have the relevant permission to work in the UK .
No agencies please
Thank you for considering PACT as an employer.