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Designated Social Care Officer for SEND
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Designated Social Care Officer for SEND 
Salary - £56,682 to £59,823 per annum | Based in Twickenham and 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
The Designated Social Care Officer will support children’s social care compliance with the legislation and spirit of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice leading to improved outcomes for children and young people with SEND. The post holder will ensure that the outcomes for disabled children and young people, and those with Special Educational Needs, are maximised by working to improve; quality of life, school absences, social care needs, personal autonomy and involvement in further education and employment, independent living and community inclusion. 

The Designated Social Care Officer will support colleagues in adult and children’s social care to ensure they meet their statutory duties for children and young people with SEND aged 0-25. The post-holder will solely work within Kingston and Richmond and will report to the Head of Practice Learning with a strong relationship to the Associate Director for SEND.

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 the Designated Social Care Officer for SEND 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.
  • Hold the appropriate qualifications and registrations
  • Have experience of management within children’s social care.
  • Be confident and competent when working collaboratively and in partnership with other agencies e.g. Education, Health, Police, the independent sector and with key internal stakeholders and maintaining these relationships for co-producing solutions.
  • Proven ability to effectively use data, intelligence and evidence to create meaningful insight and to inform own decision making.
  • Experience of using quality assurance frameworks and systems to monitor and review the effectiveness of services.
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 well-being 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 proflle.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Georgina Andrews, Head of Practice Learning, on or 07514 988088 or Anna Chiva, Associate Director for SEND, on or 07730 023778. 

Closing Date: 21st June 2020 
Interview date: 24th June 2020

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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