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 - Safeguarding
Senior Practitioner - Safeguarding
Salary - £40,869- £43,860 per annum | Based in Kingston | Permanent | Full-time
We currently have Senior Practitioner opportunities in our Safeguarding Teams, based in Kingston. If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further, we want to hear from you. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives.
About the role
All of our social work roles work in partnership with children, young people and those connected to them, in order to co-create plans that meet the identified need. As a Senior Practitioner you are expected to work alongside other professionals, to ensure that our children and young people receive appropriate care, education and health services, and any other support needed to ensure their needs are appropriately met.
- Senior Practitioners provide direct support to children and young people and their families to improve outcomes for children.
- Senior Practitioners work on the most complex cases including cases in legal proceedings and may contribute to team management, deputising for the Team Leaders and potentially supervising the work of a social worker, ASYE or student.
- This role has a major contribution to make to the delivery of our vision and strategic priorities set out in the Children and Young People’s Plan, by delivering all aspects of high quality social work provision to children and their families.
- As part of individual professional development and contribution to the development of others, at times this role will require supervision of Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers as part of the AfC ASYE programme.
- Our manageable caseloads, supportive management structure and flexible technology ensure that we achieve good outcomes for our children, young people and their families and maintain a high-quality service.
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Sophie Doran, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an informal discussion.
We are looking for someone who can work flexibly, has excellent communication skills and can work collaboratively to achieve shared outcomes. To be a Senior Practitioner in our Safeguarding Teams, 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 work in partnership to improve services
- Evidence that you focus on quality and innovation
- Evidence that you champion inclusion and value diversity
- Extensive experience past your post qualifying year
- You value teamwork and are a team player
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:
- Tailored induction sessions commencing on the date you start working for AfC
- Stable and supportive leadership
- Hybrid and mobile working 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, offering support for the whole family
- 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.