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Social Worker
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Social Worker

Salary - £34,884 - £37,722 | Based in Kingston upon Thames | Permanent | Full-Time (36 hours per week)

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 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 the role

As a Social Worker you are expected to act as a corporate parent to our children and be the lead professional. It will be key for you to understand and champion the views and wishes of our children and young people so that they may be supported to reach their full potential. Your role will involve working alongside other professionals, to ensure that a child and/or young person receives appropriate care, education and health services, and any other support needed to ensure their needs are appropriately met. You will support children living with relatives, friends of foster families and prospective adopters or children living in children's homes and young people in semi-independent units. You will be responsible for ensuring their safety and support them towards independence.
  • Educated to a degree level with a relevant professional qualification in social work (CSS/CQSW or DipSw, MA SW, BA Hons SW)
  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field i.e. social work, leadership and management
  • Active HCPC registration and proven evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of building strong partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders, including children, young people and their families. Advocating the voices of those we are working with.
  • Experience of keeping and maintaining records (in accordance with local policy) and producing accurate reports, presentations, written updates to a range of stakeholders (which may include families, children or young people).
  • Appropriate understanding of statutory legislation (for example Children’s Act) and national policy drivers that will affect children’s services and your role
  • planning skills for assessing, and reviewing children and young people’s needs, and planning packages of care across range of cases
  • Experienced in managing an allocated caseload; planning and organising workload to meet statutory timescales and local policy respond appropriately and independently (as appropriate) to unanticipated problems

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
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 - Team Leader, Permanency Team, on or 07984 704542 to request an informal discussion.    

Closing Date: 28th February 2021
Interview Date: 8th 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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