Team Leader - Looked After Chilren
 

Team Leader - Looked After Children
Salary - £46,560 - £49,464 per annum | Based in Kingston | Permanent  | 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.

We now want to support our services to continue to achieve and we need outstanding social workers to join us. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate social workers who have 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 great opportunity for a Social Work professional to progress their managerial skills in a lively, engaging and outward facing team.

As a Team Leader in Looked After Children/ Permanency, you will:
  • provide casework oversight and professional supervision to a team of social care professionals to improve the outcomes for vulnerable children, 
  • provide advice, support and guidance to the team undertaking family finding for specific children and provide support to birth parents pre- and post-placement. 
  • help recruit, train and assess prospective adopters write and present reports to the Adoption and Permanency panel, court other forums. 
An essential part of your leadership will be to continue to develop good quality partnerships with children, families and partner agencies. You will ensure the staff you manage are able to develop their professional careers and they continue to be able to provide a very high standard of service to vulnerable children.

About us
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
The role as Team Leader in a Social Care Team can be demanding and rewarding in equal measures. 

To be a Team Leader in the Looked after Children's Team 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:
  • 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 focused 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 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.   

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Yvette Lima, Head of Service, on yvette.lima@achievingforchildren.org.uk to request an informal discussion.

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.

Closing Date: 20th September 2020 
Area
Kingston
Working Hours
Full-time
Contract Type
Permanent
Job Type
Children's Social Work
Salary From
£46,560
Salary To
£49,464
 
Team Leader - Looked After Children
Salary - £46,560 - £49,464 per annum | Based in Kingston | Permanent  | 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.

We now want to support our services to continue to achieve and we need outstanding social workers to join us. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate social workers who have 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 great opportunity for a Social Work professional to progress their managerial skills in a lively, engaging and outward facing team.

As a Team Leader in Looked After Children/ Permanency, you will:
  • provide casework oversight and professional supervision to a team of social care professionals to improve the outcomes for vulnerable children, 
  • provide advice, support and guidance to the team undertaking family finding for specific children and provide support to birth parents pre- and post-placement. 
  • help recruit, train and assess prospective adopters write and present reports to the Adoption and Permanency panel, court other forums. 
An essential part of your leadership will be to continue to develop good quality partnerships with children, families and partner agencies. You will ensure the staff you manage are able to develop their professional careers and they continue to be able to provide a very high standard of service to vulnerable children.

About us
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
The role as Team Leader in a Social Care Team can be demanding and rewarding in equal measures. 

To be a Team Leader in the Looked after Children's Team 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:
  • 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 focused 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 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.   

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Yvette Lima, Head of Service, on yvette.lima@achievingforchildren.org.uk to request an informal discussion.

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.

Closing Date: 20th September 2020