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.
Supervising Social Worker - Kingston and Richmond
We have an exciting opportunity within the expanding Independent Fostering Agency located in Kingston. As a Social Worker, your role will be to work with colleagues to provide the full range of fostering services, including recruitment, assessment, training and supervision / support, duty services, as well as form C assessments and special guardianship assessment.
We are currently recruiting for 2 full time posts and 1 fixed term (12 months) post to join Achieving for Children as a Supervising Social Worker.
About the role
We are looking for a excellent Social Worker who will have already completed their ASYE.
You will undertake a range of work to safely place children and work to achieve permanency plans for children. The fostering services continues to expand and there is a possibility that this role may become permanent in the future.
Caseload of approved foster carers, monitoring, supporting and reviewing their ongoing approval and meeting national minimum standards. Allocation of fostering assessments such as form c and form f.
Achieving for Children work within the framework of signs of safety and we place a strong emphasis on signs of success, as well as peer group supervision sessions. There will be opportunities to be involved in the development of foster carer training and support groups. We currently have significant growth in the fostering service and this expansion is part reason for the current availability of roles, with the potential opportunity of extension should we continue on this path of growth.
We have a clear banding structure for Social Work roles, depending on experience: scp29-32 or 33-36 to be confirmed at offer.
Please contact Pravashani Naicker on the following email if you would like to request an informal conversation about this opportunity, email@example.com
The successful candidate will have the following:
- Hold a professional qualification (DipSW/CQSW/CSS or equivalent)
- Active Social Work England registration and proven evidence of continuing professional development
- Experience in completing thorough assessments, ideally Form F assessments
- Preferably experience in working within the signs of safety framework and peer supervision practice.
- Good understanding of the challenges faced by foster carers, and the complexities of fostering assessments including private fostering.
- Experience in presenting to fostering panels, and completing annual review reports
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.