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Early Help Advisory Team Manager

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Achieving for Children (RBWM)

£42,762 – £46,738 pa

Achieving for Children, Windsor & Maidenhead


Full Time

37 hours per week • Fixed term contract until September 2020.


20/10/2019 at 23:59 PM


Achieving for Children (RBWM)

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 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.

We are looking for an Early Help Manager to join our team in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead at a time of exciting and positive change.

As an Early Help Manager for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:

  • Facilitating excellent partnership working with partners across the sectors.
  • Support agencies, children and their families to access appropriate support when required avoiding the escalation of issues or needs.
  • Manage and lead the Early Help Advisory Service for schools to help them understand how best to support their children and families.
  • Provide advice and information to schools around Safeguarding.
  • Support schools to develop their knowledge and understanding of Early Help Plans and reviews.
  • Coordinate the Early Help Hub to ensure families and children access the right service at the right time.
  • Support and signpost schools and families to appropriate early help and school support services.

To be an Early Help Manager for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating experience in:

  • Involving service users throughout Early Help assessment and planning processes.
  • Involving parents/carers in any process and take into account their wishes and feelings/needs in relation to the reason for the assessment and the position of the child(ren) referred.
  • Undertake brief focussed direct work where there are possible concerns around suitability or level of need.
  • Respond promptly to parents/young people’s needs and concerns.
  • Manage the Early Help Advisors efficiently and effectively to support the schools and their vulnerable families.
  • Ensure there is no duplication of services for families and schools.
  • Ensure there is a smooth transfer from the SPA to Early Help.
  • Support the schools around safeguarding thresholds, to reduce inappropriate referrals.
  • Support schools to understand Early Help and improve the quality of Early Help Plans.
  • Lead and develop the work of the early help process and the Early Help Hub.
  • Provide advice, information and signposting for schools and families to appropriate early help and school support services.
  • Work closely with all Early Help teams and agency partners to ensure a cohesive and co-ordinated approach to every Early Help Plan.
  • Provide advice and consultation in line with our Safeguarding threshold document.
  • Coordinate the Early Help Navigation role in the SPA (Single Point of Access).
  • Contribute to the development of a strong and effective team to ensure the service meets best standards through excellent leadership, sharing knowledge and experience and supporting colleagues to grow and develop their skills.
  • To keep accurate and up to date records and fulfil the requirements for data collection to inform future practice.
  • To oversee and manage data collection to show positive outcomes from Early Help interventions.
  • To perform any tasks/duties as reasonably requested by the Service Lead.

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 Allison Bradshaw on 07786 274703 for an informal discussion.  

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: 20 October 2019

Interviews: w/c 28 October 2019

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