Senior Practitioner - Referral and Assessment

Recruiter
Achieving For Children
Location
Kingston Upon Thames
Posted
10 Feb 2018
Closes
15 Feb 2018
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Salary: £38,229 - £41,025 per annum Job Term: Permanent Appointment Type: Full-time Hours: 36 Location: Guildhall Two, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1EU and 91 Queens Road, Twickenham, TW1 4EU Directorate: Specialist Children's Service Service: Referral & Assessment Achieving for Children children's services are still one of the best in the country, says Ofsted, 2017. Inspectors praised all service areas as 'good', commenting that services have further improved since the last inspection in 2012 when services were also judged as 'good'. The report published praised a number of areas, including: Senior leaders ensure a relentless focus on the needs of children and young people. Child-centred practice comes from the top of the organisation and extends throughout the workforce. Social workers and family support workers recognise the significance and importance of diversity. They are responsive to the ethnic and cultural background of children and their families. Children's cases easily and appropriately escalated. This ensures that children and young people get the right level of help and protection, suitable to their assessed needs. The local authority is making steady progress in ensuring that every child who needs an education, health and care plan has one. They particularly praised the decision from Richmond and Kingston Councils to establish, believing that the company has "added value to the delivery of services to children." About the Role We are looking for a Senior Practitioner to join our Referral and Assessment Team at a time of exciting and positive change. As a Senior Practitioner within our Referral and Assessment Team, 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 hold of complex cases for the team along with some management and deputising duties for the Team Leader as required. To apply for this role, you will have a single-minded focus on building strong, meaningful relationships with children and their families. You will bring a wealth of knowledge and be inspirational in your approach managing diverse and complex cases. And you will have a track record of building strong partnerships with other agencies. For this post we require: A recognised Social Work qualification and registration with the H.C.P.C. Significant experience of working with vulnerable children Strong analytical and planning skills Use of relevant research methods, including critical reflection and evidence-based decision making Evidence of continued professional development. AfC is a firm believer in workforce development and in return, you will receive high-quality support and development opportunities, including Signs of Safety training, Systemic Family Therapy support and much, much more. We have Senior Practitioner positions available in our offices in both Kingston Upon Thames and Twickenham. How to find out more If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please see the job description and person specification on our website or for an informal discussion, please, contact David Glover, david.glover@achievingforchildren.org.uk or Cassey Spratt, cassey.spratt@achievingforchildren.org.uk. Benefit 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; Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support A 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 post A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety Reflective supervision from an experienced management team You will find out more about our organisation at https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/ How to apply 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

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