SSAFA – Senior Social Work Practitioner (Sessional)


Home Based


We currently have an excellent opportunity for experienced Social Workers to join the successful adoption team at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity as self-employed sessional workers. This is a homebased role.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, supports the person behind the uniform; any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us. Every year, SSAFA helps more than 73,000 people from the Forces family to get back on their feet; those currently serving, reserves, veterans and their families. Support is there for people at any stage in their military career; from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran – no one’s service is ever forgotten. We give hope, help and personal support for as long as it takes to get that person’s life back to where they want it to be.

About the role

The Service is looking for experienced workers to join a supportive and enthusiastic team on a self-employed basis, to undertake assessments and support families through the adoption process. Working from home and willing to travel extensively within the UK you will work with a wide range of professionals and families in a unique environment.

About the team

SSAFA Adoption Service is a registered independent adoption agency. Its work includes the recruitment, assessment and approval of prospective adopters and, through collaborative working with local authorities, the placement of children from the Looked After Children system with approved prospective adopters.  We also provide post placement and post adoption support to adoptive families and work closely with adopted adults who wish to access their birth records.

About you

To carry out this role successfully you will have:

  • HCPC Registration or equivalent
  • Post qualifying experience of working with children and families in a statutory setting
  • Significant experience of completing prospective adopter assessments and reports and working directly with adoptive families
  • The confidence to work on your own
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to prioritise and organise your own workload
  • A full UK driving license

SSAFA is an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

No agencies please. Any unsolicited submissions from agencies will be accepted as a direct application from the candidate and no fees will be payable.

For further information

If you have any queries or would like to speak to someone about this role, please contact Jill Farrelly, Acting Head of Adoption Service on 0207 4639 326 or 07880771757 or  or Ronnie Kane, Acting Team Manager on 0741226406 or

To apply, visit SSAFA’s website.

Closing date: Midnight on 14 July 2019

Interviews: 24 July 2019

SSAFA is an Equal Opportunities Employer and uses the Disclosure & Barring Service. SSAFA is committed to safeguarding and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you wish to apply for any of our vacancies you will be asked to answer some screening questions before completing an application form and uploading your CV.  Personal data to progress your application for employment is covered under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Article 6 Section 1b and Article 9 2b and c. Your details will not be used for any other purpose or shared with a third party without your permission.  Data on unsuccessful candidates will be retained for one year from the vacancy being filled. If you take up employment with us, your information will be held for the duration of your employment plus six full calendar years. Further details are contained in SSAFA’s Privacy Statement at

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