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Disabled Children's Family Support Worker
 
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Disabled Children’s Family Support Worker
Salary - £30,585 - £32,418 per annum | Based in Based in Chessington; working across both Richmond and
Kingston Boroughs |Permanent | 36 hours

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
The Disabled Children’s Family Support Worker team will work with children and young people up to the age of 18 years old who are significantly and profoundly disabled and focus their work on a number of different areas including; care planning and short break planning for children and young people with additional needs, including reviews and Long term family support services.

As The Disabled Children's Family Support Worker for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Managing children with a wide variety of disabilities who are accessing a package of support which has been assessed as suitable for their current needs.
  • Regularly reviewing packages and the needs of each child and young person to ensure that what they receive continues to meet their and their families needs.
  • Driving progress for the child within their plan; liaising with the professional network and coordinate and chair meetings such as Team around the Child meetings
  • Participate in relevant forums and meetings where required.
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 Disabled Children's Family Support 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 point:
  • Experience of working with and supporting children and young people with a range of disabilities in a family support capacity or a role with transferable skills.
  • Experience of undertaking assessments with children and young people with their families and person-centred needs planning for children and young people.
  • Experience of multi-agency working and developing and applying effective mechanisms to engage professionals in service delivery and support.
  • Ability to work with children and young people who have disabilities and their families to understand their needs and the impact of the disabilities on family life.
  • Excellent communication skills with children and adults, some of whom may have alternative methods of communication.
  • Ability to directly work confidently with children and young people with a wide range of disabilities.
  • Confidence in chairing meetings, progressing plans and taking a lead in advocating for children.
  • Experience in understanding what is meant by ‘safeguarding children’ and the ability to recognise risk factors and consult with managers where appropriate.
  • Ability to maintain record keeping accurately and write reports to a high quality standard.
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 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 an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Sophie Jones on sophie.jones@achievingforchildren.org.uk. 

Closing Date: 16th May 2021

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer, this extends to welcoming candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic 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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