The face of international adoption has changed.  Over 85% of the children we place for adoption share the same heritage as their adopters.  Many are adopted by kinship carers. AT IAC we also specialise in adoptions of children with special needs, those waiting for adoption across the UK, and we advise local authorities on care planning for children being placed abroad through adoption and permanence plans.

At IAC everyone is passionate about what we do because we understand that our work is life changing for the world’s most vulnerable children, and also the families that adopt through us. IAC continues to be rated an outstanding Adoption Agency (Ofsted Inspection January 2020) and we are the lead agency for the Intercountry Adoption Regional Adoption Agency for England (ICRAA). Based in Cockfosters, we have both a UK wide and international reach. We are the only Adoption Agency in the UK to be accredited abroad.

Led by a dynamic and inspirational Leadership Team, with a strong focus on the wellbeing of our workforce, IAC is a great place to work and belong for anyone who feels passionate about changing the lives of children in need. Benefits include competitive salary, 5% pension contribution, learning & development opportunities, 25 days annual leave plus 5 additional days on birthdays, and during the Christmas office closure. IAC is a member of CVAA, the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies. 


Independent (Sessional) Social Workers
Fees: Competitive
Location: London & Surrounding Counties; North East England

IAC is seeking to recruit experienced freelance Social Workers able to take work in the above locations assessing applicants applying to adopt children from overseas countries and supporting them through the process with support from our Post Approval Team. Applicants must be self-motivated, able to work to deadlines and be flexible in meeting the needs of the applicants and the agency. Substantial experience in adoption work is essential. Experience of intercountry adoption assessment is desirable but not essential as induction and ongoing training will be given. We also offer regular access to discounted learning and development via CVAA, forums for updates from IAC and and annual agency day.

In addition to adoption experience applicants interested in working for IAC should also have the following credentials:

          • A Social Work qualification and registration with Social Work England
          • At least three years post-qualifying experience in children's social care settings
          • Experience of completing adoption assessments and writing Prospective Adopter Reports
          • Willingness / ability to travel to applicants' homes as well as conducting video meetings.

Click here for a copy of the Role Description.

To be considered for a full application please send your CV by email to: 

IAC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people therefore, please note our recruitment procedure includes DBS checks and overseas checks (where applicable).

Please note prospective contractors will need to evidence they have the right to work in the UK.

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