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Social Worker – Family Placements Team

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Achieving for Children

£31,248 - £35,239 per annum

Achieving for Children

Permanent

Full Time

37 hours per week.

Enhanced

20/05/2018 at 23:59 PM

AFC000160

Achieving for Children

Vacancy Description

Achieving for Children is an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, expanding into the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in 2017. We are responsible for delivering the entirety of children’s services in all three local authorities.

 

Achieving for Children has 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.

 

We are looking for a Social Worker to join our Family Placements Team in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at a time of exciting and positive change.  

 

The Fostering and Family Placements Team is a specialist team which works in close collaboration with colleagues across Achieving for Children to find short term and permanent fostering placements for children, alongside undertaking the full range of family placement fostering roles and responsibilities, including assessing and supporting kinship placement arrangements.

                       

We are looking for experienced social workers with good assessment, communication and report writing skills, and the motivation to achieve excellent standards in contributing to the development of our service.  If you think you can contribute to the effective work of this team, then we would like to hear from you.

 

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, and share the role of duty social worker within the team. You will undertake a range of work to safely place and work to achieve permanency plans for children.

 

Some knowledge of legislation, procedure, practice and guidance for children and young people in relation to fostering is essential.

You will be required to hold a professional qualification (DipSW/CQSW/CSS or equivalent) and be registered with the HCPC.

The post will require daily use of a car and some evening and occasional weekend work.

In return, we offer you an excellent working environment, good supervision and specialist training opportunities.

As a social enterprise owned by three 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/

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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