Senior Practitioner - LAC
Salary Details: AfC spinal point range 41-44 - £38,229 - £41,025
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Location: Kingston upon Thames, Richmond, Twickenham, Chessington
Directorate: Social Care
Service: Looked After Children
We are looking for a Senior Practitioner to join our Looked After Children team at a time of exciting and positive change.
As a Senior Practitioner within our Looked After Children Team, you will bring a wealth of knowledge and a strong track record of working within a multi-disciplinary team. You will be skilled at building strong relationships with children and their families, professionals and partner agencies. You will hold caseload of complex cases for the team along with some management and deputising duties for the Team Leader as required.
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, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs' children's services.
We have been up and running for three 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.
What we're looking for
To apply for this role, you will have a single-minded focus on building strong, meaningful relationships with children and their families. You will bring a wealth of knowledge and be inspirational in your approach in managing diverse and complex cases. And you will have a track record of building strong partnerships with other agencies.
For this post we require:
A recognised Social Work qualification and registration with the H.C.P.C.
Significant experience of working with vulnerable children
Strong analytical and planning skills
Use of relevant research methods, including critical reflection and evidence-based decision making
Evidence of continued professional development.
In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Kuhan Valleekanthan via email using for an informal discussion.
Benefits of working for Achieving for Children
AfC was recently named as Social Work Employer of the Year for 2016 at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year awards ceremony, beating off competition from local authorities and national agencies to win the award. We were recognised for our work to encourage innovation and empower staff, building a strong team spirit, and investing in staff development.
As a social enterprise owned by two local authorities, we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.
The successful candidate will have access to;
Direct work with children and young people
Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government post
A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
Reflective supervision from an experienced management team
You will find out more about our organisation at https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/
How to find out more
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile.
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to Looked After Children and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.
For more information about the role, please see the job profile below.
Advert Close: 06/10/2017
Provisional Interview Date: 12/10/17