Children and Families Support Worker (Early permanence project) – closing date 19 July 2023

This role is a key post in an innovative early permanence project in partnership with Adopt South. Early Permanence is the arrangement where a child is placed with a family at the earliest opportunity. Achievable by placing a child with approved adopters who have been prepared and assessed as suitable to undertake a fostering role, then able to go on to adopt the child once the court proceedings have been concluded.

The core aims are to:

• develop specialist support for early permanence carers/prospective adopters
• develop support for parents
• develop training and education for professionals, carers and families
• encourage care planning teams and professionals to consider early permanence as an option for children

We are looking for someone with a good knowledge of adoption and/or fostering acquired through a personal/professional/voluntary capacity. You will be confident and experienced in providing exemplary support to families.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to listen and communicate effectively with service users and external agencies, alongside an empathetic and supportive approach.

Experience of working with families whose children have been placed in alternative care would be an advantage.

The role requires travel to service user locations in Reading, London and the surrounding areas.

Address Line 1
7 Southern Court
Address line 2
South Street
Postholder needs own transport
Contract type
Full timeTemporary, Contract, or Project
South East region
Salary in the range £23,793 – £29,079 per annum, £3,299 per annum location allowance payable if based in London
Main contact telephone
How to apply

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact the project lead Sam Ward: or Senior Social Worker, Alison Turner:

For further information and details on how to apply please visit our website:

Open for applications from
30 June 2023
Closing date for applications
19 July 2023
Scheduled interview date
27 July 2023
Will my application be acknowledged?
All applicants, successful or otherwise, can expect to receive a reply from us in due course