Social Worker - Leaving Care
 

Social Worker-  Leaving Care
Salary - £33,948 - £40,728 per annum | Based in Kingston and Richmond | Fixed Term contract - 12 months | 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 the role
The Leaving Care service works across Kingston and Richmond to support young people from the age of 16 who are looked after, have recently left care (up to the age of 25) or who are unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

As a Social Worker in the Leaving Care Team. you will:
  • Use relevant Assessment Frameworks and tools in collaboration with the individual to robustly assess their needs and to develop corresponding Pathway Plans
  • Identify accommodation needs and assist young people in securing appropriate accommodation options.
  • Ensure the educational, training and employment needs of young people are assessed and met.
  • Identify needs and assist young people to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to live independently, including to manage their money.
  • Ensure that young people who are seeking asylum, or who have unresolved immigration status, have good quality legal representation.
  • Help young people with the resettlement process and transition to benefits after they are granted leave to remain in the UK.
About AfC
Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014 along with Windsor and Maidenhead in 2017, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs’ children’s services.

We have been up and running for five years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

About you

To be a Social Worker for the Leaving Care Team:
  • You will be a qualified social worker who is HCPC registered and has experience of working with Looked After Children, UASC care leavers.
  • You must be committed to making positive changes for young people.
  • You will be passionate about working with young people, especially where there are safeguarding concerns.
  • Sound verbal and written skills are a necessity and will be tested at interview.
  • Excellent skills in communication are needed to engage with the most vulnerable children and young people through direct work as well as liaison with other key professionals and partners.
In return, we will offer you high-quality support and development opportunities. Our learning and development offer was highlighted as a key strength by the judging panel when they named us Social Work Employer of the Year in 2016.

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
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Shaira Makorie, Head of Leaving Care Team, at shaira.makorie@achievingforchildren.org.uk for an informal discussion. 

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 Profile.

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.

Please note this vacancy is for Social Workers who have already completed their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). Unfortunately, at maximum capacity for supporting Newly Qualified Social Workers who need to complete their ASYE and therefore we cannot offer positions to these candidates seeking an ASYE opportunity.

Closing date: 31st January 2021

Area
Kingston
Working Hours
Full-time
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Job Type
Children's Social Work
Salary From
£33,948
Salary To
£40,728
 
Social Worker-  Leaving Care
Salary - £33,948 - £40,728 per annum | Based in Kingston and Richmond | Fixed Term contract - 12 months | 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 the role
The Leaving Care service works across Kingston and Richmond to support young people from the age of 16 who are looked after, have recently left care (up to the age of 25) or who are unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

As a Social Worker in the Leaving Care Team. you will:
  • Use relevant Assessment Frameworks and tools in collaboration with the individual to robustly assess their needs and to develop corresponding Pathway Plans
  • Identify accommodation needs and assist young people in securing appropriate accommodation options.
  • Ensure the educational, training and employment needs of young people are assessed and met.
  • Identify needs and assist young people to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to live independently, including to manage their money.
  • Ensure that young people who are seeking asylum, or who have unresolved immigration status, have good quality legal representation.
  • Help young people with the resettlement process and transition to benefits after they are granted leave to remain in the UK.
About AfC
Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014 along with Windsor and Maidenhead in 2017, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs’ children’s services.

We have been up and running for five years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

About you

To be a Social Worker for the Leaving Care Team:
  • You will be a qualified social worker who is HCPC registered and has experience of working with Looked After Children, UASC care leavers.
  • You must be committed to making positive changes for young people.
  • You will be passionate about working with young people, especially where there are safeguarding concerns.
  • Sound verbal and written skills are a necessity and will be tested at interview.
  • Excellent skills in communication are needed to engage with the most vulnerable children and young people through direct work as well as liaison with other key professionals and partners.
In return, we will offer you high-quality support and development opportunities. Our learning and development offer was highlighted as a key strength by the judging panel when they named us Social Work Employer of the Year in 2016.

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
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Shaira Makorie, Head of Leaving Care Team, at shaira.makorie@achievingforchildren.org.uk for an informal discussion. 

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 Profile.

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.

Please note this vacancy is for Social Workers who have already completed their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). Unfortunately, at maximum capacity for supporting Newly Qualified Social Workers who need to complete their ASYE and therefore we cannot offer positions to these candidates seeking an ASYE opportunity.

Closing date: 31st January 2021