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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.

Team Leader - Safeguarding

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve our outstanding outcomes for children in the future we want to hear from you.  We are looking for enthusiastic, committed leaders who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives.

Operational area
Kingston and Richmond
Primary place of work
Guildhall 2, Kingston upon Thames KT1
Appointment type
Permanent
Business area
Children's Social Care
Full time/Part time
Full-time
Grade from
SCP42 47,841
Grade to
SCP45 50,826
Hours
36
Estimated Interview date/s
W/C 14 February 2022
Closing Date
06/02/2022
Ref No
438
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About the role

Our staff are an integral part of our success and we are seeking to recruit a full time Social Worker. We are looking for a Team Leader in our Kingston Team.  We have a hybrid way of working with responsibility for the following:

  • Casework supervision of Social Workers
  • Assisting overall management and development of the team
  • Undertaking child and family assessments
  • Carrying out child protection enquiries
  • Safety planning with children and families
  • Direct work with children and young people
  • Care proceedings and court work

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 sophie.doran@achievingforchildren.org.uk to request an informal discussion. 

About you

To be a Social Worker for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. We are looking for someone who has good IT skills on Google suite and Microsoft.  You can work flexibly, have excellent communication skills and can work collaboratively to achieve shared outcomes. 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.

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.

Important Information

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.

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