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Social Worker - Children With Disabilities Team
 
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Social Worker - Children with Disabilities Team
Salary - Up to £40,728 | Based in Chessington | Permanent  | 36 hours  

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.

We now want to support our services to continue to achieve and we need outstanding social workers to join us. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate social workers who have the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know that 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.

If you're an experienced and confident Social Worker with experience, skills and knowledge with Children with Disabilities, AfC want you! 

About the Role
The Children with Disabilities Team work with children from the initial referral through to a child becoming looked after or seeking care orders, if that is the required pathway. 

There are so many benefits from working with children from the beginning of their journey all the way through to everything that they need, sometimes until adulthood and we are looking for a Social Worker that has the passion to work within this area of Social Care and who will enjoy the variety of work that this team brings. 

As a Social Worker in the Children with Disabilities team within Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Assessing the needs of children and their families in accordance with the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their families within statutory timescales.
  • Develop Child in Need, Child Protection and Children Looked After plans, and participate in relevant Child in Need meetings, Children Looked After meetings and core group meetings.
  • Use a range of interventions to engage children, young people and their families in working towards the objectives of their individual care plans.
  • Building strong and respectful working relationships both with our families but also with partners.  
About us
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
The role in a Safeguarding team can be demanding and rewarding in equal measures. To succeed in this role you will need to be:
  • 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 framework and of an appropriate range of professional interventions.
  • A solution focussed person with the ability to deal with sensitive issues.
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 are 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 Lynn Lock, Team Leader on lynn.lock@achievingforchildren.org.uk, for an informal discussion. 

COVID-19 
Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:
  • increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic
  • the need to support more vigilant public health measures
We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

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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