we're hiringPAC-UK is the largest independent adoption support agency in the country. Our vision is that all people affected by adoption and other forms of permanence are supported and enabled to live their lives to the full. Find out about the latest opportunities to join our team.

 Current Vacancies

Applying for a role at PAC-UK

To apply for a role at PAC-UK please download and complete our application form. You can complete and return your application electronically by emailing it to Sarah Nicholl at or by sending it to:

Sarah Nicholl, 5 Torriano Mews, Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RZ

Applicants will be short listed against the criteria in the person specification, so you should make sure that you address these in your application. Please note that we do not accept CVs, only completed application forms.

Equal opportunities monitoring form
PAC-UK is an equal opportunities employer - please see our Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy and Procedures. We would be grateful if you would also complete and return the equal opportunities monitoring form below. Although there is no requirement to do so, and while not doing so will not affect your application, the information collected in the form will be valuable to us in ensuring that we are recruiting and selecting trustees, staff and volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds. The information collected will be treated with the utmost confidentiality, in line with the requirements of Data Protection legislation. It will only be used for general statistical and monitoring purposes. The data will be kept separately from application forms and will not be taken into account in assessing information on your application form.

References and Disclosure and Barring Service disclosures
Please note that the successful applicant will be asked to supply a minimum of two satisfactory references, before an unconditional job offer is made. In addition, the successful applicant may be required to undergo a check under the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB). Please also refer to our Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare Policy and Procedure under ‘downloadable documents’ below.

Additional supplementary documents
You may find it useful to download a copy of our latest Annual Review. We hope you find the information of interest and that it encourages you to make an application. However, if you have any questions then please contact us for further information.

Downloadable application forms and accompanying documents

Child & Family Arts Therapist/Psychotherapist/Psychologist

Salary: £33,625 pro rata
Working Hours: Part-time, 3 days per week
Location: Yorkshire, North-East and Humberside

Joining us, you will:

  • Take an active role in the provision and development of our assessment and therapeutic work with adopted and permanently placed children and adolescents, together with their parents/carers.
  • Have an active interest in, and experience of, working with children and adolescents who experienced early life trauma prior to their adoptive placement (or other permanent placement).
  • Have an active interest in, and experience of, working with parents and carers who parent (or will be parenting) previously traumatised children and adolescents.
  • Have an active interest in working with people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Work closely with other team members.
  • Be flexible in working with children and their families at times of crisis. Some evening work will be required. Travelling is a pre-requisite for this post and it is essential you have use of your own transportation.
  • Possess the confidence and experience to work with children, young people and their families in their own home environment.

To be successful you will have:

  • A professional qualification in a relevant field e.g. child/adolescent/family or creative arts therapies, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, counselling.
  • Additional training to work specifically with children and families if this has not been your core training.
  • Experience, knowledge and skills in working with adopted or looked after children, their families, carers and professional networks.

Please note this is a fixed-term contract until end of August 2018.

Job Description
Person Specification

Closing date: 7 April 2017
Interview date: 24 or 25 April 2017


Purpose of the Role:

To ensure that PAC-UK complies with its governing documentation (i.e. its memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law, the National Minimum Standards for Adoption and the Adoption Support Agencies (England) and the Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2005.

Main duties:


  1. To contribute to formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic direction of PAC-UK, setting overall policy, defining goals and evaluation performance against agreed targets
  2. To safeguard the good name and ethos of the organisation
  3. With other trustees, to ensure that the policy and practices of PAC-UK are in keeping with its aims
  4. With other trustees, to ensure that PAC-UK functions within the legal and financial requirements of a charitable organisation and strives to achieve best practice
  5. To ensure the financial stability of PAC-UK and ensure proper investment of its funds
  6. To use any specific knowledge or experience a trustee may have as detailed in the person specification to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This will include scrutinising reports, leading discussion, focusing on key issues and providing advice and guidance as requested on new initiatives or other issues relevant to the areas of PAC-UK’s work in which he/she has special expertise.

Ensure best practice

  1. Be an active member of the trustee body in exercising its responsibilities and functions
  2. Appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his/her performance
  3. Be involved in the appointment of senior officers of the organisation
  4. Ensure a strong commitment to equality and diversity policies within PAC-UK
  5. Take part in training sessions provided for the benefit of the trustees
  6. Regularly review PAC-UK’s Policies and Procedures and ensure they adhere or exceed the National Minimum Standards and Regulations for Adoption Support Agencies
  7. Under Formal Resolution – Stage 2 of PAC-UK’s Complaints Policy and Procedure, make a decision on complains made to PAC-UK
  8. Develop and ensure the maintenance of a properly constituted, balanced and competent board, including clear procedures for selection, election, training, retirement and if necessary, removal of trustees and to ensure arrangements are followed for recruiting the chair, vice chair and treasurer.
  9. Ensure confidential information or material (relating to service users, beneficiaries, members, staff, commercial business etc.) provided to, or discussed at board meetings and within the confines of the board is not disclosed outside the trustee body.

Terms and Conditions of Appointment:


Trustees do not receive any remuneration, but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

Time Commitment

  • General meetings take place up to six times per year, usually from 13.00 – 16.30. The AGM is timed to take place prior to one of the general meetings.
  • Trustees must attend a minimum of four general meetings per year. If attendance falls below this, it may be necessary to discuss if it is appropriate for the trustee to continue
  • Trustees may be asked to join a sub-group of the board, depending on the skills and experience required by the sub-group. There is currently one sub-group of PAC-UK’s board: the Practice Sub-Group, which is an advisory group making recommendations to the Board and the CEO. It is chaired by a Board member and consists of three other board members and three senior members of staff. It provides an opportunity for detailed discussion and consideration of all practice matters with regular reporting to the Board.

Role Description
Person Specification

Closing date: ongoing
Interview date: N/A

Freelance Trainer Opportunities

PAC-UK is seeking to develop and broaden its freelance trainer database in both the north and south of the UK and is seeking applications from trainers. Find out more here.

Placement  Counselling

We currently run a placement counselling scheme at PAC-UK in London. Counsellors that meet the correct criteria can do a placement here to improve their knowledge of working with adoption issues and at the same time offer a low cost counselling service for service users through PAC-UK. Please check that you meet the criteria for application and if you do, please fill in this application form and email it to