Social Worker - Single Point of Access

Location
Kingston upon Thames
Salary
£32628 - £35286 per annum
Posted
06 Oct 2017
Closes
05 Nov 2017
Ref
VH-AFC-243
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

Salary Details: AfC Spinal points 35-38 £32,628 - £35,286
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Hours: 36
Location: Kingston upon Thames
Directorate: Achieving for Children
Service: Protection and Early Help

As a Social Worker in the SPA, 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 not hold cases, but instead will focus on gathering high quality information, and making recommendations on referrals.

About us
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 be a Social 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 points

  • To manage a varied and complex contact load of children that require ongoing work within the SPA in order to determine threshold and provide timely support to children and families.
  • To communicate clearly with colleagues and customers, ensuring that internal and external customers are able to participate in consultation and two-way communications that are timely and appropriate.
  • To analyse and make recommendation about referrals with final authorisation from the SPA Management 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 Aliya Nota, 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 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.