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Service description

Faith in Families is an independent children’s charity in West Bridgford, Nottingham, providing comprehensive adoption and children’s services to people of any or no religious affiliation living throughout the East Midlands.

The agency is primarily involved with the placement of children for adoption who are Looked After in the care of Local Authorities. The Agency’s key role is to recruit, prepare and assess prospective adoptive parents for these children. The Agency currently offers a range of children’s services, including adoption support and group work to children and families and a Schools and Community service which provides social work services directly to students in both secondary and primary education.

Learning opportunities

  • Legal and policy issues relating to the Adoption & Children Act 2002
  • Anti-oppressive practice with children and families
  • Group work
  • Direct work with children
  • Experience of advocating on behalf of service users with other service providers and organisations
  • Multi-agency and partnership working with both the statutory and voluntary sectors
  • Familiarisation and understanding of local and national policy and legislation relating to the service user group
  • Practice within the principles of anti-discrimination, anti-oppressive practice and equal opportunities
  • Working as part of a team to provide a high quality service
  • Service quality monitoring
  • Undertaking assessments (including adoption)
  • To work across other projects within the agency
  • Liaison with parents/carers
  • Crisis intervention
  • Experience of continuing assessment of needs and risks (management of these), in line with agency policy and multi-disciplinary working
  • Issues around child protection and duty of care, implications of the children acts and safe guarding procedures
  • Child development
  • Systematic record keeping
  • Broad scope for strategies of intervention and being able to explore putting theory into practice
  • Creating and maintaining links with the local community
  • Facilitating parenting skills
  • Working with challenging behaviour
  • Working within the education sector
  • Outreach work with families
  • Counselling and analytical skills

Additional information

The services a student may be involved in include adoption work, direct work with children and school social work. A car driver is required and a student may be expected to travel across the East Midlands region and at times work unsocial hours.

With particular reference to adoption work, this placement would best suit a second or third year student and/or a student with previous relevant experience.

*This is not a Framework service