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Senior Practitioner - Referral and Assessment
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Senior Practitioner - Referral and Assessment
Salary - Up to £42,684 | Based in Kingston | Permanent | 36 hours per week

“I always feel incredibly fortunate to be part of this team, particularly as such a positive experience is not necessarily universal in social work. I feel incredibly proud to be part of a team that values learning so much” (R&A Social Worker). Be the final piece of the jigsaw in our fully permanent team. 

It is a very exciting time to join Achieving for Children, our Kingston Social Work Services are an outstanding service and this has been recognised in our recent Kingston Ofsted Report. This means that ‘the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers’ is outstanding. Children build trusting and meaningful relationships with social workers, helped by an increasingly stable workforce (Ofsted 2019). 

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further,  we want to hear from you.  We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.

About the role

All of our social work roles work in partnership with children, young people and those connected to them, in order to co-create plans that meet the identified need.

As a Senior Practitioner within one of our Referral and Assessment Teams for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for: 

  • Holding caseloads of more complex cases and providing advice to other Social Workers in relation to their cases.
  • Investigating complaints of alleged neglect, abuse or ill-treatment of children; undertaking assessments and, where appropriate, arranging accommodation for children / young people.
  • Ensuring effective and timely communication within and across the business unit, so that key messages are conveyed to employees, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders in a consistent way.

About AfC
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here.

About you

To be a Senior Practitioner within one of our Referral and Assessment Teams for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:

  • A fantastic communicator.
  • A resilient worker, able to work effectively in a team or on your own initiative, taking ownership and responsibility. 
  • Confident and competent with relevant statutory and regulatory frameworks and with an appropriate range of professional interventions.
  • A solution focused person with the ability to deal with sensitive issues.
  • Keen to support the development of others, investing in their journey as a Social Worker. 

About our benefits

When you join AfC you will have access to:

  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures. 
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
  • Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all. 
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation. 
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.

To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here

Start dates
Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.

To apply
If you would like more information about this role please see our Role Profile and Job Pack

Please apply online including a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role, as outlined in the Role Profile

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Rachael Pateman, Head of Service, on to request an informal discussion.    

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Closing Date: 22nd June 2020

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