Social Worker - Referral and Assessment
Salary Details: AfC Spinal points 35-38 £32,628 - £35,286
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Location: Kingston upon Thames, Richmond, Chessington
Directorate: Children's Social Care
Service: Referral and Assessment
This post is being funded through Partner in Practice award, celebrating our innovative work. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent customer care in a child and family centred environment.
To be a Social Worker in Referral and Assessment you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. You will be able to demonstrate your knowledge of gathering evidence through the use of direct tools to help determine risk to children and which will inform assessments.
In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities, including Signs of Safety training, Systemic Family Therapy support and much, much more.
As a Social Worker for Referral and Assessment in Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for
- Complete short term work with families for up to 12 weeks in order to meet identified need and prevent long term involvement
- To ensure the planning and review of statutory work with children and young people is in accordance with statutory regulation and to produce written reports and other documentation for this purpose.
- To work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to formulate care plans in partnership, based on their assessment of need, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to their planning 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.
Our social work promises
We are able to offer the successful candidate a multi-professional, supportive and engaging environment in which to practice. Our social work support programmes are underpinned by a practice framework that broadens and deepens your knowledge of social work. In addition we have recently introduced an exciting, bespoke 'hub model' funded through our Partner in Practice work. This model encourages social workers, family support workers and systemic family therapists to work in partnership, driving down caseloads and collaborating on cases.
Benefit of working for Achieving for Children
AfC was recently named as Social Work Employer of the Year at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year awards ceremony, beating off competition from local authorities and national agencies to win the award. As a social enterprise owned by two local authorities, we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government.
The successful candidate will have access to;
- 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.
- 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 apply
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.