Youth Resilience Social worker

Kingston upon Thames
£32628 - £35286 per annum
27 Sep 2017
27 Oct 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Salary Details: AfC Spinal point 35-38 - £32,628 - £35,286
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Hours: 36

At Achieving for Children, we are in the process of establishing a new integrated Youth Resilience Service.

The new service will provide specialist and tailored support to vulnerable adolescents age 13 to 18 with the exception of young people age 10+ that may enter into criminal justice system and require youth justice intervention.

The focus of the service will be on young people who are:

  • Aged 13 + with multiple vulnerabilities and engaged in risky behaviour whose needs cannot be met by Family and Youth Support cluster teams;
  • Aged 10 + who may enter into the criminal justice system and require youth justice intervention and those under 13 who require substance misuse support;
  • Engaged with offending and or substance misuse, risky behaviour or at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE);
  • At risk of homelessness with a focus on 16/17 year olds;
  • At risk of becoming children looked after.

We will look to improve the journey of the adolescents we support through the provision of one care plan and one lead professional and by providing personalised, strength-based and creative interventions provided at the right time and at the right place. Case allocation within the new service will be aligned with our new three Cluster model that we have recently implemented.

We are looking expand on our great team that is already in place by recruiting to the following posts:

  • Youth Resilience Manager
  • Youth Resilience Senior Practitioner
  • Youth Resilience Social Worker

You will need to be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people and be resourceful, adaptable and dependable.

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.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Kathy Walker for an informal discussion.

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

You will find out more about our organisation on

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.

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