Achieving for Children is a Community Interest Company that has a public sector ethos, combined with the freedom to innovate enabling us to do things differently. As a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Windsor & Maidenhead, Kingston and Richmond), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here.
We are responsible for the entire range of children’s education, health and social care services in all three boroughs. We use a Signs of Safety practice model and approach which ensures the voice of the child is at the heart of everything we do. There’s never been a better time to join AfC, we are growing our workforce, implementing new flexible working arrangements and have increased our virtual wellbeing offer.
We now have the following job opportunity available and we would be delighted to receive your application to continue our story.
Return Interview Worker
As a Return Interview Worker for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for offering and completing return interviews with children who are reported missing who live at home or who are looked after children living in or out of the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston.
About the role
A Return Interview Worker offers a child-centered, return interview, with the purpose of identifying and reporting any harm a child may have suffered whilst absent from home or care, and to try to understand and address the ‘push and pull’ factors surrounding the child’s reported missing episode
This will include the following:
- Understand the risks that the child was exposed to during a missing episode
- Explore the ‘Triggers’ for the missing episode and the ‘push/pull’ factors
- Reduce and prevent the risks of further episodes
- Provide advice in relation to staying safe if a child feels they need to leave home or placement again
- Identify any concerns and share relevant information with key professionals
For further information about this role, please contact Angela Mitchell, Angela.Mitchell@achievingforchildren.org.uk to request an informal discussion.
To be a Return Interview Worker for Achieving for children, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills that are open and honest.
- A resilient worker, able to work effectively in a team or on your own initiative, taking ownership and responsibility.
- Strong organisational abilities including: time management, creative-thinking, problem-solving and multitasking.
- Have experience or an understanding of working in relation to contextual safeguarding, exploitation and the links this may have to children who are reported missing
About our benefits
We are focused on creating a positive supportive environment, where you will have access to a really wide range of resources, as well as a competitive salary and all the perks to work remotely. In AfC you will also have access to:
- A strong welcome and induction
- Laptop, phone and systems so you can work remotely
- Local Government salary and pension scheme (LGPS or Teachers Pension)
- Really good holiday package (up to 34 days per year!)
- Flexible working options - helping to keep a good work life balance
- A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme, offering support for the whole family
- A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app
- Positive and supportive working environments
- A fantastic learning and development offer
- A career pathway supporting you with next step career opportunities
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here.
Start dates: Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.
Right to work: The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.
Equality: We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community who are currently underrepresented within our teams. Achieving for Children are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
Safeguarding: We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.