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 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.
Since we were established, we have gained 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. The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the single point of contact for all safeguarding and wellbeing concerns regarding children and young people in RBWM. It does this by acting as a “front door” to manage all safeguarding referrals including the undertaking of Child Protection investigations where required.
In this role, you will work as a key member of a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub with the primary function of screening and responding to all new referrals into children’s social care.
You will also support the team in delivering high quality and effective services to children, young people, and their families/carers. Additionally, you will promote and safeguard the welfare of children who live in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, complying with relevant legislation and regulation, and maintaining the highest professional standards.
The partners who make up the MASH are:
- Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Thames Valley Police, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, National Probation Service, Housing, Youth Offending and Youth Service and other partner agencies.
The MASH is designed to meet the two key principles of effective safeguarding as defined by Working Together 2015.
- Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part; and
- A child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.
As a Social Worker for Achieving for Children (AfC) MASH team, you will be responsible for:
- Maintaining constructive relationships with service users and their families.
- Ensure safeguarding referrals are responded to robustly and are effectively signposted.
- Record, interpret and present social care information and issues that can impact on the risk or needs assessment of the child/young person.
- Disclose proportionate and relevant information related to the parents/carers or siblings.
- Complete contacts within timescales.
For an informal discussion, please contact Nikki Bir on 07926 509469.
Achieving for Children have Fixed Start Dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.
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 successful candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check.
Closing date: 7 February 2021