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Permanence Champion - Children Looked After Service

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

Do you see yourself promoting good practise in social work?

Would you like the opportunity to shape and develop lives of children?

Would you like to join a council that promotes positive outcomes for children?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

We are looking for a Permanency Champion to join our Children Looked After service and play a central role in our management team.

About the service

At Wandsworth, we are passionate about promoting and achieving positive outcomes for children and are looking for someone who shares these values and has a commitment to delivering timely permanence for children and young people.

About the role

It's a role that will see you work closely with our social work teams, partners and stakeholders to secure, champion and oversee children’s permanence.

You must have experience and knowledge of care proceedings, children looked after and working with the Regional Adoption Agency and other external agencies, as well as a minimum 5 years social work practice and experience at management level.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position, your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • You have a Social work qualification and are HCPC registered
  • Have experience of court proceedings
  • You can work independently
  • You understand child development and children’s legislation
  • Are an excellent communicator
  • Have a technical understanding of adoption


In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.  In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: 11:59pm on Monday 14th December 2020
  • Interview Date: To be confirmed

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

How to apply?

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement (no longer than 1 side of a4) must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Hilary Galloway by email Hilary.Galloway@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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