Supervising contact worker
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.
To be a Supervised Contact worker 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 :
-Ability to participate in the monitoring of service delivery against agreed targets, timescales and resources, taking action as appropriate to achieve desired outcomes.
-To ensure all information relating to families is recorded clearly and promptly in case files.
To ensure the services performance expectations are met, prioritising customer service and satisfaction across the team.
-To champion and support continuous professional development within the team. Communications.
-To ensure effective communications are conveyed in a timely, transparent and coherent manner.
-To establish and maintain good communication across children's social care and with departments and agencies to facilitate the improvement and development of the service.
-To seek, listen to, and respond to the views and ideas of staff and stakeholders, encouraging and actively engaging in positive communications and working relationships.
-To ensure that the highest quality services are provided, within the resources available, and are responsive to the expressed needs and aspirations of residents/users regardless of backgrounds, lifestyles and abilities.
-To demonstrate a commitment to own personal and professional development and to developing and coaching others.
To undertake project work and produce reports and deliver presentations as required.
In the performance of all your duties, and in particular in the support and management of staff, to implement all Achieving for Children policies and procedures necessary to meet customer care needs and to reflect the Achieving for Children's vision and values.
Champion the promotion of diversity and equalities in all aspects of service delivery and people management; demonstrate confident application of ethical reasoning to professional practice and decision making.
Ensure the wellbeing of employees and service-users by actively promoting and complying with health and safety
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.
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;
* Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
* A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
* 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
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 safeguarding 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.