Senior Practitioner - Looked After Children

Kingston upon Thames
£38229 - £41025 per annum
09 May 2018
08 Jun 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Senior Practitioners work on the most complex cases and may contribute to team management, deputising for the Team Leader and potentially supervising the work of a social worker, ASYE or student.

As a Senior Practitioner for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:

  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people
  • Managing a caseload of young people in compliance with casework objectives
  • Undertaking direct social work responsibilities as a allocated worker to the children and young people assigned

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 Senior Practitioner 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:

  • Evidence that you put children and young people first
  • Evidence that you embrace diversity and champion inclusion
  • Evidence that you have ability to demonstrate a high level of determination and personal drive

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

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 Kuhan Valleekanthan, for an informal discussion.

You will find out more about our organisation at

How to apply
Before applying please refer 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. 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.

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