Social Worker - Single Point of Access

Achieving For Children
Kingston Upon Thames
£32628 - £35286 per annum
08 Oct 2017
07 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Salary Details: AfC Spinal points 35-38 £32,628 - £35,286 Job Term: Permanent Appointment Type: Full-time Hours: 36 Location: Kingston upon Thames Directorate: Achieving for Children Service: Protection and Early Help As a Social Worker in the SPA, you will bring a wealth of knowledge and a strong track record of working within a multi-disciplinary team. You will be skilled at building strong relationships with children and their families, professionals and partner agencies. You will not hold cases, but instead will focus on gathering high quality information, and making recommendations on referrals. About us Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children's services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs' children's services. We have been up and running for three years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children's services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education's eight 'Partners in Practice', tasked with leading improvement across the sector. What we're looking for To be a Social Worker for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following pointsTo manage a varied and complex contact load of children that require ongoing work within the SPA in order to determine threshold and provide timely support to children and families.To communicate clearly with colleagues and customers, ensuring that internal and external customers are able to participate in consultation and two-way communications that are timely and appropriate.To analyse and make recommendation about referrals with final authorisation from the SPA Management In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities.If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Aliya Nota, for an informal discussion. Benefits of working for Achieving for Children AfC was recently named as Social Work Employer of the Year for 2016 at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year awards ceremony, beating off competition from local authorities and national agencies to win the award. We were recognised for our work to encourage innovation and empower staff, building a strong team spirit, and investing in staff development. As a social enterprise owned by two local authorities, we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more. The successful candidate will have access to; Direct work with children and young peopleExcellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of supportA competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)Retention of continuous service benefits, for those moving from a local government postA clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reachedTools and models to support practice, including Signs of SafetyReflective supervision from an experienced management teamYou will find out more about our organisation at How to find out more Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile. Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.