The face of intercountry 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 and we also specialise in adoptions of children with special needs.

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 High Barnet, 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


Team Manager, UK Special Programme

IAC runs a domestic adoption service, the UK Special Programme, principally for approved intercountry adopters seeking to change their focus to adoption of children in the UK. Between April 2020 and March 2021, despite the pandemic, we placed 17 children.  Due to a promotion we are excited to be recruiting a new Team Manager for this service. This will initially be on a one year fixed term contract, which will be reviewed towards the end of that period. It is anticipated that based on the current development of the service the post would become permanent.

You may be a Manager or Senior Social Worker but will come with a passion for this work and sound knowledge and understanding of adoption assessments, matching and placement support from experience of working in a Local Authority or RAA adoption team, ideally with supervisory experience. Knowledge of intercountry adoption is a distinct advantage although not essential. The Team Manager will be responsible for supervising an experienced and committed team and will support them in ensuring that they produce high quality and robust assessments and matches. When children are placed for adoption the team retains a strong focus on therapeutic support, safeguarding, diversity and the lifelong impact of adoption, so the successful candidate should have demonstrable expertise in all these areas.

All applicants must be registered with Social Work England, be legally able to work in the UK and have relevant post qualifying experience in Children and Families work and Adoption Services.  IAC is continually growing and evolving and so this post would suit someone looking to move to the charitable sector and further their career in management and leadership.  Working alongside the Assistant Director you will be the face of the service with our RAA colleagues, showcasing that IAC families can offer permanent homes to those children who wait the longest for adoption across the UK.  It is anticipated that IAC will continue to work remotely, so it is likely that on average this post will involve one office day, one external meetings day and three days from home.

IAC is committed to having a workforce that reflects the diversity of the children and families whom we serve, so for these reasons on this occasion we particularly welcome applications from people of Black African, Black Caribbean and Asian heritage, as well as other groups who may be classed as Minority Ethnic. We also welcome applicants from members of the LGBTQ+ community and Men.  IAC is currently undertaking an external governance and values review to ensure we remain at the forefront of being committed to issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Thursday 10 June 2021
Interview dates: Tuesday 15 June 2021

For an informal discussion with Marie Strydom, Assistant Director please request an appointment via

All applications must have a completed IAC Application Form, including a supporting statement that addresses and evidences all aspects of the Person Specification.

Team Manager UKSP Job Description/Person Specification

Team Manager Application Form

Independent (Sessional) Social Workers
Fees: Competitive
Location: London & Surrounding Counties

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.

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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