Social Worker – Birth Relatives Service

Location: Home based, covering Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas

Contract type: Fixed term appointment to April 2026

Hours per week: 18.5 hours per week

Salary: £31,483 - £38,479 per annum FTE (£15,741 – £19,240 pro rata per annum)

Closing date: Monday, 11th March 2024 at 9am

Interview date: Interviews will take place at our Head Office in Reading on Wednesday, 20th March 2024.

Are you a skilled and dedicated social worker eager to apply your expertise and experience to a new role? Do you want to be part of a supportive and collaborative team at one of the UK’s most successful adoption charities, rated outstanding by Ofsted since 2014?

We have been at the forefront of adoption services for more than 60 years, working with local authorities across the country.  We offer a flexible and innovative work environment, and we are proud of our three successive outstanding ratings with Ofsted.

With your social work experience with children and families, you will support birth relatives whose children have a plan for adoption or have been placed for adoption.  Working closely with colleagues in Buckinghamshire Council who will refer the relatives to PACT, you will provide support through individual sessions, support groups and drop-in sessions. 

This role will include supporting birth relatives to meet with adoptive parents and to help birth relatives understand the importance for children, to keep connected to their relatives and significant people from their past.

Ideally, you will have previous experience of working with birth relatives whose children have been placed for adoption and you will have a good understanding of the adoption process.  You will work with relatives from a range of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences and those who may be neuro diverse and you will need to demonstrate understanding, respectfulness and adaptability to your social work practice.

If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can make a real difference in the lives of children and families, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to learn more about the role please contact Ana Billenness, Adoption Team Manager on 07717 833460 or email

Please do not submit your CV, only completed application forms will be accepted. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

No agencies please.

PACT is a supportive and respectful place where people are passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of women, children and families from many different backgrounds.  We continuously look to progress the ways in which we create families and bring people together and encourage applications from people across all communities.  We are committed to ensuring that our people and our services reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and applications from people from under-represented groups are particularly welcomed.  

PACT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Anyone joining our team is subject to PACT’s Safer Recruitment pre-appointment enquiries.  These include the provision of documentation of the right to work in the UK, Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check, overseas police check where applicable and references covering a minimum 5 year period.  All opportunities are based in the UK.