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Senior Practitioner - Safeguarding
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Senior Practitioner - Safeguarding
Salary - £39,774 - £42,684 per annum | Based in Twickenham or Kingston | Permanent | Full-time

Achieving for Children recognise these are unprecedented times, but we continue to build capacity to support our most vulnerable groups.  To do this we are continuing to attract talented professionals to join us as we continue to provide OUTSTANDING (Kingston ILACS Ofsted 2019) services.

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
We currently have two Senior Practitioner opportunities in our Safeguarding Teams, one to be based in Twickenham, and one to be based in Kingston from September.

The Child Protection Teams work directly with children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan, or who have Child in Need status, and their families. The team work to a range of legal options to support investigation and protection and accommodation and, if required, give evidence in court, using contingency planning to anticipate complexity and changing circumstances.

As a Senior Practitioner - Safeguarding for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Holding caseloads of more complex cases and provide advice to other Social Workers in relation to their cases. 
  • Complete longer-term work with families in order to meet identified need and improve outcomes for children.
  • Ensuring reports which are prepared for Court are of high quality, and to support and prepare workers in the Court process, including giving evidence in Court, as required.
  • 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. 
  • Supporting Social Workers throughout their year of ASYE.
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 in our Safeguarding Teams, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
  • Evidence that you work in partnership to improve services.
  • Evidence that you focus on quality and innovation.
  • Evidence that you champion inclusion and value diversity.
  • Extensive experience past your post qualifying year.
  • You value teamwork and are a team player. 
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 Samantha Harvey, Head of Service, Safeguarding, West Cluster on or 0208 8917380 or Sophie Doran, Head of Safeguarding, North East Cluster on or 0208 5476611 to request an informal discussion.   

Closing Date: 4th August 2020

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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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