Senior Practitioner - Leaving Care Team
Salary - £38,229 - £41,025 per annum Job Term: Permanent Appointment Type: Full-time Hours: 36 Location: Guildhall Two, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1EU Directorate: Specialist Children’s Service Service: Leaving Care 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 four 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. This is a great opportunity for a social care professional to join a lively, engaging and outward facing team. The vision for Achieving for Children is simple: by putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do, we will be able to deliver improved outcomes for families and give children and young people the best start in life. About the Role To be a Senior Practitioner for the Leaving Care Team you will be a qualified social worker and have experience of working with Looked After Children, UASC and care leavers, whilst committed to making positive changes for young people. You will be passionate about working with young people, especially where there are safeguarding concerns. Full support and regular supervision will be given case management, personal development, career progression and excellent training opportunities. Excellent skills in communication are needed to engage with the most vulnerable children and young people through direct work as well as liaison with other key professionals and partners. There will be an expectation on the successful candidate to evidence competence in and to promote multi-professional working. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent customer care in a child and family centred environment. In return, we will offer you high-quality support and development opportunities, including Signs of Safety training, Systemic Family Therapy support and much, much more. Achieving for Children is committed to enabling social workers to develop their potential within an inspirational and supportive learning environment. New recruits receive a thorough induction programme, tailored to their role requirements. A new continuing professional development (CPD) framework for social workers has been established with a comprehensive development programme, including bite-size workshops, learning lunches, seminars, action learning sets and CPD portfolio-building support. Continuing professional development social work qualifications, external training and conference attendance are fully funded, along with corporate membership of The College of Social Work and subscription to online research resources. You will find out more about our organisation at https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/ Benefit of working for Achieving for Children AfC was recently named as Social Work Employer of the Year at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year awards ceremony, beating off competition from local authorities and national agencies to win the award. As a social enterprise owned by two local authorities, we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. The successful candidate will have access to; 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. 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 job description and person specification 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 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.