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Head of Safeguarding
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Head of Safeguarding
Salary - £59,325 - £62,556 | 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
This is a rare opportunity to lead and develop the Safeguarding Team within the Richmond Cluster, based within our offices at 42 York Street in Twickenham (just a 5 minute walk from Twickenham Train Station).

The Head of Safeguarding will provide operational management and leadership support across the service geographic areas supporting the Associate Director for Safeguarding and other Heads of Service.

As Head of Safeguarding for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Overall management of Safeguarding Team Leaders, Senior Practitioners and Social Workers.
  • Ensuring high levels of quality interventions, effective case management oversight, decision making and overall performance.
  • Championing and supporting to embed the Signs of Safety (SoS) model within the service.
  • Representing AfC at operational and strategic multi agency meetings.
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 Head of Safeguarding 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:
  • Educated to degree level with a social work qualification, Social Worker England registration and with a leadership and management qualification
  • Significant social work practice and experience of working on safeguarding cases, some of which are complex, including preparing for and presenting evidence in court.
  • Significant experience of permanency planning and supporting team leaders and practitioners to ensure thorough and thoughtful care planning for children.
  • Significant experience of progressing cases through the Public Law Outline with close liaison with Legal colleagues and managing expectations and requirements of the Judiciary.
  • Significant experience of managing practitioners and team leaders who deliver interventions with children, young people and their families with complex safeguarding issues.
  • Significant experience of managing people, performance and professional development to get the best out of the team.
  • Strong experience of positively engaging with vulnerable and high risk children, young people and families and of developing and implementing effective interventions in order to achieve sustainable outcomes.
  • Advanced experience of working within an integrated working environment.
  • Significant experience of effective recording, monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance of interventions using a wide range of tools and Management Information Systems.
  • Expert knowledge and awareness of risk management and safeguarding in the context of social care including legislation, policy and procedures related to responsibilities.
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 being 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 an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact Nikki Coppin, Associate Director of Safeguarding on

Closing Date: 8 September 2021
Interview Date: 16 September 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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