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Early Help Practitioner
 
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Early Years Practitioner
Salary - £33,324 - £35,751 per annum | Based in Richmond | Permanent | Full Time

There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.

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
As an Early Help Practitioner you will be expected to deliver all aspects of high quality provision of support to children and families to improve outcomes for children and their families. You will need to have a strong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. You will need to have a strong emphasis on solution focused thinking.

As an Early Help Practitioner for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Managing an agreed caseload of children and young people in compliance with casework objectives
  • Working within departmental policy and timeframes
  • Maintaining the highest Professional standards at all times
  • Undertaking Early Help Assessments, coordinating and leading on pathways of support through Team around the Child meetings; undertaking direct work with children and their families and creating individualised Early Help plans in collaboration with children and families.
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 an Early Help Worker 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:
  • An ability to build effective relationships with children, young people and families. 
  • You will have good verbal and listening skills when working with families, encouraging the voice of the child and acting professionally when faced with difficult situations.
  • You will have experience of keeping and maintaining records
  • You will demonstrate an ability to recognise professional limitations and seek advice and support from other professionals to resolve challenges and work in a solution focused manner.
  • Strong organisational abilities including: time management, creative-thinking, problem-solving, multitasking, an ability to use your own initiative and to prioritise workloads to meet agreed deadlines. 
  • Personal determination, drive and ambition to overcome obstacles, achieve challenging objectives, celebrate success and deliver excellent outcomes for children.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic, including negotiation and influencing skills.
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.
  • 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.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Darrell Gibson, Head of Service for Early Help on Darrell.gibson@achievingforchildren.org.uk or telephone on 07596334628 to request an informal discussion. 

Closing Date: 8th April 2021 
Interview date: 13th April 2021 

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.
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