Salary Details: Spinal point 35-42 (£32,628 - £39,147)
Job Term: Permanent
Appointment Type: Full-time
Directorate: Specialist Children's Service
Service: Safeguarding & Referral and Assessment
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
Safeguarding/ Child Protection Team
The Teams work directly with children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan, or who have Child in Need status, and their families. This will include Strategy discussion (open cases) Child Protection Conference Review; and Child In Need Planning and Review.
Referral and Assessment Team
The Teams respond to all children's social care referrals received by the Single Point Assessment team (SPA).
Referral and Assessment investigate concerns about a child's safety or wellbeing, make an assessment of the risk and protective factors in the family and decide on the most appropriate course of action. Within the teams, our Social Workers support children and their families that need care and support and find the best solutions for their situation to preserve the child's safety within their family and the local community.
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.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent customer care in a child and family centred environment and be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. We welcome applications from Social Workers that can demonstrate their knowledge of gathering evidence through the use of direct tools to help determine to children and which will inform assessments.
How to find out more
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Victoria Haywood, Social Care Recruitment Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal discussion.
If you would like more information about this role please see the Job Profiles for Social Worker - Safeguarding and Social Worker - Referral and Assessment that can be found on our website
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 https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk
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: 18th March 2018