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Family and Youth Resilience: Social Worker
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Social Worker - Family and Youth Resilience Service

Salary - £33,948 - £36,771 | Based in Richmond | Permanent | Full time 36 hours


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 role will ensure high levels of quality interventions using AfC’s social work practice model, Signs of Safety, agreed quality standards and operating procedures. The role will represent AfC at operational multi agency and others meetings as appropriate.  

The post holder  will be responsible for ensuring that adolescents are safeguarded from harm whilst parents and carers of adolescents are supported in their parenting capacity to protect and nurture them whilst ensuring that the public is protected where youth offending is concerned.  

In all roles across AfC the post holders will be expected to develop and lead a culture of partnership and innovation, so that services are child focussed, flexible and adaptable. The whole organisation should learn from mistakes, share knowledge and challenge existing practice. 

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. Kingston is among the best-connected town centres in London. We are just 12 miles from central London, with direct train links from Kingston and Surbiton stations to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground, Tramlink and Thameslink trains. The borough also has a string of road links being located close to the A3 and with easy access to the M3 and M25. Our offices are located in the town centre just a few steps from the ancient market, thriving town centre and riverside, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; all making for a desirable place to live, work and socialise.

To find out more about us click here. 

About you

The role in the adolescent  Safeguarding team can be demanding and rewarding in equal measures. To succeed in this role you will need to be a qualified social worker, with Social Work England (SWE) registration. In addition, you will be:

  • A fantastic communicator 

  • A resilient worker, able to work effectively in a team or on your own initiative, taking ownership and responsibility

  • Confident and competent with relevant statutory and regulatory framework and of an appropriate range of professional interventions.

  • A solution focussed person with the ability to deal with sensitive issues

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 are 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. We are unable to accept applications from anyone that does not hold a Social Worker qualification, with current Social Work England (SWE) registration. 

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.

Advert closing date: Ongoing

Provisional interview dates: TBC

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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