Supervised Contact Worker - casual
Salary: £26,805 - £29,517 FTE, per annum
Job Term: Casual
Directorate: Specialist Children's Service
About the Role
As a Supervised Contact worker for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
- Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, giving due consideration to their race, culture, religion and linguistic background.
- To set up and provide supervised contact between children and families/ carers maintaining records of interactions (contact notes), child protection concerns and health and safety issues.
- To risk assess potentially challenging contacts as necessary.
- To ensure firm and consistent boundaries are set and maintained by staff, adults and children who attend contact.
- To intervene and suspend contact if the terms and breached.
- To participate in Children Looked After reviews and case conferences as required. To promote, encourage and enable parents in practising safe and effective parenting skills and to support families to maintain or develop the quality of their contact.
- To provide a range of support in contact to children in need of protection or support and their carers, ensuring a provision of services that protect, support, and enable children to maximise their potential and to enhance their identity.
- To participate in the planning and provision of contact to a range of children/young people and their families/ carers, ensuring that the intervention is appropriate to the identified need, the goals are clear, outcomes identified, and that the service is provided within the timeframes agreed.
- To contribute to contact observations where necessary to the completion of court-ordered assessments in conjunction with Social Workers.
- To maintain a high level of communication with children/young people and carers and to consult in the planning, delivery, and review of contact.
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.
To be a Supervised Contact 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 :
- Ability to participate in the monitoring of service delivery against agreed targets, timescales and resources, taking action as appropriate to achieve desired outcomes.
- To ensure all information relating to families is recorded clearly and promptly in case files.
- To ensure effective communications are conveyed in a timely, transparent and coherent manner.
- To establish and maintain good communication across children's social care and with departments and agencies to facilitate the improvement and development of the service.
Benefits 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, 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: 13th May 2018. Please note this is a rolling advert and therefore applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed as and when appropriate.