Special Guardianship Social Worker
 

Special Guardianship Social Worker
£34,884 -  £37,722 per annum | Based in Kingston | 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
The Special Guardianship Service assesses applicants who wish to be considered as long term carers for a child or children known to them. This service also provides ongoing support to the family once a special guardianship order has been granted. The service supports long term family finding for children 12 and under and through the HOPE project offers support to birth mothers who have children who are no longer in their care.

Our staff are an integral part of our success and we are seeking to recruit a full time Social Worker. Based initially from home, you will be responsible for
  • undertaking assessments of who can be a Special Guardian, and will provide support alongside this where the child is already in placement under a temporary approval.
  • devising support plans and seek approval of these, supporting up to the point of the order and providing support and guidance at post order.
  • holding, manage and record accurately interventions of their caseload and this may include supervisory visits, creating or reviewing forms and procedures, providing written or verbal evidence in court as well as contributing towards supporting and advising colleagues and carers.
  • attending Permanency planning meetings and multi-agency meetings.
  • actively promoting and provide training and development for carers and support and coordinate family finding processes for children aged 12 and under. 
Our manageable caseloads, supportive management structure and flexible technology  ensure that we achieve good outcomes for our children, young people and their families and maintain a high-quality service.

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 a Social Worker for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. We are looking for someone who can work flexibly, has excellent communication skills and can work collaboratively to achieve shared outcomes. 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 our benefits
We are focused on creating a positive supportive environment, where you will have access to a really wide range of resources, as well as a competitive salary and all the perks to work remotely. In AfC you will also have access to
  • Laptop, phone and systems so you can work remotely
  • Local Government salary and pension scheme
  • Really good holiday package (up to 34 days per year!)
  • Flexible working options - helping to keep a good work life balance
  • A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app
  • Positive and supportive working environments A fantastic learning and development offer
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 Clare Luby on clare.luby@achievingforchildren.org.uk or 020 8831 6319 o request an informal discussion.  


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.
Area
Kingston
Working Hours
Full-time
Contract Type
Permanent
Job Type
Children's Social Work
Salary From
£34,884
Salary To
£37,722
 
Special Guardianship Social Worker
£34,884 -  £37,722 per annum | Based in Kingston | 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
The Special Guardianship Service assesses applicants who wish to be considered as long term carers for a child or children known to them. This service also provides ongoing support to the family once a special guardianship order has been granted. The service supports long term family finding for children 12 and under and through the HOPE project offers support to birth mothers who have children who are no longer in their care.

Our staff are an integral part of our success and we are seeking to recruit a full time Social Worker. Based initially from home, you will be responsible for
  • undertaking assessments of who can be a Special Guardian, and will provide support alongside this where the child is already in placement under a temporary approval.
  • devising support plans and seek approval of these, supporting up to the point of the order and providing support and guidance at post order.
  • holding, manage and record accurately interventions of their caseload and this may include supervisory visits, creating or reviewing forms and procedures, providing written or verbal evidence in court as well as contributing towards supporting and advising colleagues and carers.
  • attending Permanency planning meetings and multi-agency meetings.
  • actively promoting and provide training and development for carers and support and coordinate family finding processes for children aged 12 and under. 
Our manageable caseloads, supportive management structure and flexible technology  ensure that we achieve good outcomes for our children, young people and their families and maintain a high-quality service.

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 a Social Worker for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. We are looking for someone who can work flexibly, has excellent communication skills and can work collaboratively to achieve shared outcomes. 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 our benefits
We are focused on creating a positive supportive environment, where you will have access to a really wide range of resources, as well as a competitive salary and all the perks to work remotely. In AfC you will also have access to
  • Laptop, phone and systems so you can work remotely
  • Local Government salary and pension scheme
  • Really good holiday package (up to 34 days per year!)
  • Flexible working options - helping to keep a good work life balance
  • A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app
  • Positive and supportive working environments A fantastic learning and development offer
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 Clare Luby on clare.luby@achievingforchildren.org.uk or 020 8831 6319 o request an informal discussion.  


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.