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.
Social Worker - Children with Disabilities
Achieving for Children recognise these are unprecedented times, but we continue to build capacity to support our most vulnerable groups. To do this we are continuing to attract talented professionals to join us as we continue to provide OUTSTANDING (Kingston ILACS Ofsted 2019) services.
We now want to support our services to continue to achieve and we need outstanding social workers to join us. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate social workers who have the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know that we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.
If you're an experienced and confident Social Worker with experience, skills and knowledge with Children with Disabilities, AfC want you!
If you are successfully shortlisted for this role you will be notified within a month of the submission date.
About the role
The Children with Disabilities Team work with children from the initial referral through to a child becoming looked after or seeking care orders, if that is the required pathway.
There are so many benefits from working with children from the beginning of their journey all the way through to everything that they need, sometimes until adulthood and we are looking for a Social Worker that has the passion to work within this area of Social Care and who will enjoy the variety of work that this team brings.
As a Social Worker in the Children with Disabilities team within Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
- Assessing the needs of children and their families in accordance with the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their families within statutory timescales
- Develop Child in Need, Child Protection and Children Looked After plans, and participate in relevant Child in Need meetings, Children Looked After meetings and core group meetings
- Use a range of interventions to engage children, young people and their families in working towards the objectives of their individual care plans
- Building strong and respectful working relationships both with our families but also with partners
The role in this team can be demanding and rewarding in equal measures. To succeed in this role you will need to be:
- A fantastic communicator
- A resilient worker, able to work effectively in a team or on your own initiative, taking ownership and responsibility
- Confident and competent with relevant statutory and regulatory framework and of an appropriate range of professional interventions
- A solution focussed person with the ability to deal with sensitive issues
Please read the job profile for further details and if you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Lynn Lock, Team Leader on firstname.lastname@example.org, to request 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 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.