Achieving for Children

Rewards and Benefits

All new starters will have access to a comprehensive package of support and excellent benefits. Not only do we have really flexible working arrangements, we have a wealth of additional support mechanisms for you.

Social activities

Building a culture that nurtures collaborative working is fundamental to us. We offer a range of activities including bake club, yoga, summer barbecue and rounders, all of which celebrate and champion our supportive working environment.

Health and wellbeing

We care about our workforce and work hard to ensure all of our employees are aware of the support packages. This includes a confidential advice line, wellbeing events, access to occupational therapy - and this year an additional annual leave day for you to take on your birthday!

Competitive salary, annual leave and access to the local government pension scheme

Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities and includes access to the local government pension scheme; a generous annual leave entitlement which includes incremental leave; and enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes.

Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support

All employees have access to our training and education programmes that includes everything from systemic family therapy to Lego therapy! Our learning and development offer was highlighted as a key strength by the judging panel when they awarded us Social Work Employer of the Year in 2016 and in the 2017 Richmond Ofsted inspection.

Leadership and management support

All staff have access to monthly professional supervision. This protected time is your opportunity to share your thoughts in a safe space.

Retention of continuous service benefits

For those moving from a local government post you will retain your continuous service benefits.

Tools and models to support practice

You will have access to our virtual practice support hub, which includes access to Research in Practice, Signs of Safety practice support and relevant evidence-based research.

Manageable caseloads

Through reflective supervision from an experienced management team, your caseloads will be monitored and reviewed regularly.

Career pathways

There is access to a clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached. This also includes training pathways for key occupational groups.

Schemes of support

Includes access to a coach or mentor, peer support sessions and coffee mornings with senior managers.

Flexible working arrangements

We encourage flexible working and have systems in place which enable mobile working, including mobile technology. As an employer, we know how crucial it is to make sure you have access to the right tools to do your jobs to the best of your ability.

Travel and transport

Whether you are based in Twickenham, Kingston, Maidenhead or Chessington, you’ll benefit from excellent public transport links. In addition, you have access to the Zipcar scheme and interest-free travel season ticket loan for purchase of an annual season ticket for travel between home and work.

Parking

We work with teams and services to make sure there is parking available. Whether you are based in Twickenham, Kingston, Maidenhead or Chessington (or satellite offices) we will have local parking arrangements for you.

Discounts

We are signed up to Cyclescheme so staff can save 25-39% on the purchase of new bikes and equipment.

Employees can also join CSSC and enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping.

Have your voice heard

We have a strong commitment to involving staff at all levels, as well as reducing bureaucratic and hierarchical barriers. Initiatives such as our Innovation Hub, Staff Council and Bureaucracy Busting Workshops actively encourage your ideas to make things better for staff and the children you serve.


And above all, we care! We value employees’ wellbeing, and recognise that working with vulnerable children and their families can be stressful. That’s why we offer an internal coaching programme, reflective supervision, and access to a confidential support line and advice and guidance from trained professionals. And we also recognise the hard work and dedication of our employees through our staff awards programme and regular social events and activities.

Achieving for Children