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. You can download the Job Profile which is shown within the "Documents" heading on the left hand side, above the map.
Senior Practitioner - Children in Care
We are looking for Senior Practitioners (i.e., have obtained a degree in Social Work/ Diploma in Social Work/ CQSW and not newly qualified) with relevant practice experience to join our Children in Care Team in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at a time of exciting and positive change.
Please note, applications from candidates who do not hold the relevant qualifications will not be considered. Newly qualified social workers should explore our ASYE programme which has a separate advert and application process when available.
About the role
With a real focus on improvement and quality of practice, the Children in Care Team is an innovative and dynamic place to work. You will receive consistent and reliable support and supervision from an approachable and experienced management team. You will have access to Achieving for Children’s excellent training and development package.
You will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following:
- Have knowledge and experience of statutory frameworks; policy and procedure; and best practice
- Have proficient IT skills
- Have a high level of determination, organisations skills, personal drive, energy and ambition to achieve challenging targets and improve outcomes.
You will need to demonstrate highly refined interpersonal skills as the role requires you to develop and maintain mutually productive relationships with colleagues, partners, agencies and most importantly young people and their families.
As a Senior Practitioner in the Children in Care Team for Achieving for Children (AfC), you will be responsible for:
- Supporting children who are in long term care, either via Care Orders or Section 20.
- Progress long term care planning including pathway planning and helping young people for their transition to adulthood.
- Working with families, foster carer, residential settings and semi independent settings to support them to meet their children’s needs
- Assessing the needs of children
- Working with multi-agency networks
- Court work under the Children Act 1989 & 2004
- Achieving permanence for children
- Contributing to the ongoing development and improvement of the team
- Supporting other members of the team/ service and taking on some supervisory duties e.g. ASYE’s
In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. If you would like to find out more about this exciting role, please contact Isabel Prinsloo on 07894 237450 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal discussion.
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 enable hybrid working. In AfC you will also have access to:
- Tailored induction sessions commencing on the date you start working for AfC
- Stable and supportive leadership
- Hybrid and mobile working (between home and work) with latest technology to facilitate this
- Local Government salary and pension scheme (LGPS or Teachers Pension)
- Holiday package upto 34 days per year with option to purchase additional leave
- Flexible working options - helping to keep a good work life balance
- A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme
- A range of staff benefits and discounts
- A excellent learning and development offer to support your career pathway
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here.
Start dates: Achieving for Children have set start dates meaning successful candidates join on a set date in each month. 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.