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Newly Qualified Social Worker
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Newly Qualified Social Worker
Salary - £33,324 | Based in Kingston and Richmond | 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
As a Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) you will be expected to deliver all aspects of high quality social work provision to children and families in order to support them improve outcomes. You will need to have a strong commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.  As a NQSW you will be supported to explore and investigate concerns regarding a child or young person’s safety or wellbeing with support from management. 

As Newly Qualified Social Worker 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 statutory and departmental policy and timeframes
  • Maintaining the highest Professional standards at all times
  • Undertaking assessments of need, direct work and formulate care 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 Newly Qualified Social 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 points:
  • Ability to build effective relationships with children, young people and families.Good verbal and listening skills when working with families, encouraging the voice of the child and acting professionally when faced with difficult situations.
  • Experience of keeping and maintaining records
  • Knowledge of the legal powers and key duties when working with children and young people
  • Ability to recognise professional limitations and seek advice and support from other professionals  to resolve problems
  • 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. 
  • 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.

How To apply
If you would like more information about this role please see our Job Profile
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 Lucy Curtis on

Closing Date: 5 March 2021

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