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Adoption East Midlands launched in 2019 as a collaborative venture between Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire councils to provide a regional adoption service. Adoption East Midlands provides all aspects of adoption recruitment, assessment, family finding, and the coordination of adoption support services. We are a successful child-focused service, making a real difference to the lives of children and adoptive families.

Current vacancies

Adoption social worker

This is an exciting time in our service development as we continue to shape our service by developing new working practices to ensure children and young people and their families are effectively supported throughout their adoption journey.

We are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced Social Work England registered social worker who has at least 3 years post qualifying experience. You will need to evidence an awareness and understanding of the lifelong nature of adoption; the skills and attributes that are required to adopt, the principles of therapeutic parenting, as well as the on-going needs of adoptive families caring for children who have a background of developmental trauma.

You will be expected to contribute to improving outcomes for all our children and families and understand the concept of safeguarding children within adoption.

An ability to write clear, concise and analytical adoption assessments is a core skill of this position.

You will also be involved in developing and co-delivering our adopters learning and development programme and supporting peer support opportunities such as family picnics and recruitment events.

For further information please visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jo Graney, Recruitment, Assessment and Placement Team Manager on (0115) 9773583 or Lisa Drummond, Service Manager for Recruitment, Assessment, Placement and Home finding on (0115) 8040013.

Adoption panel membership

We don't have any vacancies for panel members at this time however, we are driven to increase the diversity of our panels in respect of having a better mix of panel members from various ethnic origins. We welcome expressions of interest if you feel you can add value to our panels in this respect. You must also have recent relevant adoption experience.

For more information and to express interest, please email

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Adoption East Midlands provides the full range of adoption services across the region. If you live in or near to the East Midlands, we can help you along your journey to adopting a child.

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