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Therapeutic Education Support Service (TESSA) in Adoption Coordinator

Mamhilad Park Estate, Pontypool
Grade 6 (£25, 801 - £29,636 per annum)
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Providing a service to all persons affected by adoption including birth families, adoptive families and adopted adults.

Contributing to the development and provision of the adoption service, in accordance with adoption legislation, regulations, guidance, national standards and departmental policies.


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Blaenau Gwent CBC is offering an exciting opportunity to join its children’s social care workforce.  We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic TESSA coordinator with a commitment to adoption as a positive outcome for children, to join the South East Wales Adoption Team.  Our team provides an excellent service to adoptive families across the region and we are committed to continuous improvement through raising standards and improving outcomes for children and families.

You will be involved in providing a child-centred, outcome-focused adoption service to all those involved in and affected by adoption, so you will preferably have a knowledge of good practice in adoption support services and therapeutic parenting.  The team currently offers a wide range of provision including recruitment and assessment of prospective adopters, matching and placing of children for adoption, and a range of support provision including individual counselling, direct work with children and group work and focused activities.  The post holder will be expected to support the national TESSA programme and assist in the recruitment of TESSA parent partners.  You will work closely with adopters, social workers and psychologists in the South East Wales Adoption Service and offer guidance and support to colleagues as necessary.

You will need good interpersonal and organisational skills and be willing to undergo relevant training. The ability to work well as part of a team and to prioritise your own workload is also important.

Working within the adoption team you will be part of a stable and enthusiastic work force and will receive high quality support, supervision and opportunities for professional development.

The position carries an Approved Casual Car User Allowance therefore access to a vehicle for work purposes is a requirement.

Thorough pre-employment screening is undertaken during the recruitment process.  The postholder will be required to complete an application for a Disclosure of Criminal Records.


Closing Date:          Thursday 30 May 2019 – 12:00am, midnight

Interview Date:        Friday 14 June 2019

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