Young People's Support Worker

Kingston upon Thames
£29517 - £31998 per annum
17 Apr 2018
01 May 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

About the role
We have a fantastic opportunity for experienced supported housing professionals to join our team at an exciting time when we are expanding our Young People's Supported Accommodation Service (YPSAS). We are recruiting for two permanent Young People's Support Workers. The roles are based at a 7 bed supported accommodation facility for care leavers in New Malden, which includes one emergency/ respite placement.

As a Young People's Support Worker for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:

  • Act as keyworker to an agreed number of young people, and ensure each young person receives support to maximise the likelihood of a successful tenancy. This will include individual risk and needs assessments and support plans.
  • Identify and monitor any safeguarding issues and facilitate relevant referrals to Safeguarding services in accordance with the Young People's Supported Accommodation, Achieving for Children's Safeguarding procedures.
  • Support young people to access education, employment and training and offer information advice and guidance regarding relevant grants that may support them whilst they are engaging in EET. Where appropriate, support young people to access benefits.

About us
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 you
To be a Young People's Support 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:

  • Experience of delivering services to vulnerable young people.
  • Experience of partnership working with a variety of agencies including health, housing, education and voluntary agencies.
  • Able to manage priorities and work under pressure displaying initiative and creativity.

In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. Our learning and development offer was highlighted as a key strength by the judging panel when they named us Social Work Employer of the Year in 2016.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Caroline Sakala on 07748 884822 or an informal discussion.

Benefit of working for Achieving for ChildrenAs 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
You will need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile. Some of our positions require CV only.

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.

Adverts for all vacancies can be found on the AfC recruitment website:

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