Social Worker - Youth Resilience Service

Kingston upon Thames
£32628 - £39147 per annum
26 Feb 2018
26 Mar 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Salary Details: Spinal point 35-42 (£32,628 - £39,147)
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Hours: 36
Location: Kingston
Directorate: Protection and Early Help
Service: Youth Resilience Service

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, joined in 2017 by Windsor and Maidenhead, and responsible for delivering the boroughs' children's services.

We have been up and running for four 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.

About the Role
The Youth Resilience service is a specialist adolescent multi-agency service, offering specialist support for young people aged between 11-18 and their families to reduce the risk of family breakdown.

As a social worker within the Youth Resilience Service, you will work alongside substance misuse and youth offending specialists, as well as family therapists, to deliver creative interventions to meet the needs of adolescents on the edge of care.

To be Social Worker for, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points

  • Knowledge of gathering evidence through the use of direct tools to help determine risk to children and inform assessments
  • Ability to adapt how you work with young people in response to issues that may impact a child's development and the environments in which you are in contact with them
  • Experience leading on and sharing information with partner agencies in aid of a child protection investigation.

In return, we will offer you high-quality support and development opportunities, including Sings of Safety training, specialist CPD and much, much more.

How to find out more
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Kathy Walker, Head of Youth Resilience Service, at for an informal discussion.

If you would like more information about this role please see the Job Profile on our main website job advert.

Benefit of working for Achieving for Children
As a social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), 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;

  • 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 

How to apply
Before applying please refer to the job description and person specification 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 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.

Closing Date: 09/03/2018

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