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Senior Practitioner - Family Finding

Location:   Bromley, Hillingdon, Waltham Forest and Redbridge Salary:   £42,000 Closing Date:   11/09/2019

Contract: Permanent, full time (1 vacancy for each location) 

Coram, which is the oldest children’s charity, is a group of specialist organisations addressing the care, welfare, education and rights of children and operates from its distinctive 3.5 acre headquarters in the heart of London which provides the hub for clinical as well as professional and distributed services for adoption. Coram strives to be a credible, respectful, professional, dynamic and committed organisation where these values infuse all that we do to promote resilience for children.

Ambitious for Adoption is a new regional adoption agency to provide the adoption services for 5-7 local authorities. It is commissioned service delivered by Coram, a registered voluntary adoption agency which is judged Outstanding in all categories by Ofsted in both London and East Midlands. The agency stands at the forefront of development in the adoption sector in early placement, collective matching, and permanence practice.

About the Role

These roles will each involve providing a child-centred, comprehensive adoption service to prospective adopters, adopters and children and young people, whilst providing a localised high quality and effective family finding service to children with a care plan for adoption. The successful candidates will also support the day to day management of the family finding process in partnership with relevant children's social work teams in each location.

The successful candidates will have:

  • Experience of preparing applicants for adoption and/or of working with looked after children and placing them for adoption.
  • Knowledge of early permanence (Fostering for Adoption and/or concurrent planning).
  • Knowledge of placement and adoption support for families and children.
  • Knowledge of multi-disciplinary and interagency working, and advocating for children’s needs within the education and with community mental health services for children and young people.
  • Knowledge of childcare legislation and statutory guidance including national adoption standards.


  • A professional qualification in social work, and registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and/or Social Work England.

To apply for this role, please click on the 'apply now' button below to complete the application.

For more information about the main duties and responsibilities of this role please refer to the job description and person specification.

To arrange an informal discussion – please contact Sue Lowndes Managing Director Adoption & Permanent Family Services, Coram

Ambitious for Adoption RAA -

Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 11th September 2019

Interview date: To be confirmed

Coram is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and will require the successful applicant to undertake an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Registered Charity No. 312278.