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 will have a wealth of additional support mechanisms for you.
Our induction offer is available to all, providing our new starters with the opportunity to meet senior managers as well as learning about our values and support available. All new staff have an entitlement for support and are on probation for the first six months of their employment. Managers will set targets to ensure a thorough induction to the new job. New staff will have the opportunity to discuss their progress and to identify any areas where they feel that additional support may be required.
Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities and includes access to the local government pension scheme; a generous annual leave entitlement; and enhanced sick leave, maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes.
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 recent Richmond Ofsted inspection.
For those moving from a local government post you will retain your continuous service benefits.
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.
Through reflective supervision from an experienced management team, your caseloads will be monitored and reviewed regularly.
There is access to a clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached. This also includes training pathways for key occupational groups.
We encourage flexible working and have systems in place which enable mobile working. 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.
Whether you are based in Twickenham, Kingston, Windsor, 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.
All employees have access to the bike pool and discounts on purchases for bikes and equipment through Cyclescheme as well as other employee discount schemes offered by our owning Councils.
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.