Children Services Team Leader

Action for Children Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

About the Job

Social Care

Role: Children's Services Team Leader

Circa Salary: £24,482.00 per annum

Permanent Full-Time Hours: 37 Hours a week - Evening & weekend work will be required.

Typical shift patterns could be 9am to 5pm or 12.30pm to 9pm Monday to Friday and one weekend day Saturday or Sunday 8.45 am to 5.15pm. (on a rota)

Perks: Annual leave of 29 days (pro-rata) PLUS public holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, annual staff awards, 7% employer contribution pension scheme, employee discount portal with all your favourite brands, check out more on our careers portal.

Location: Aylesbury High Wycombe and surrounding areas,Buckinghamshire

Closing date: 4th February - We may stop taking applications earlier than advertised, due to the volume of applications we receive. So, don't delay submitting your application for consideration!

We are looking to shortlist and interview in the New Year.

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Action for Children.
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About Action for Children

At Action for Children, we believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood.

We're committed to ensuring that every child is given the opportunity to thrive. We protect and support vulnerable children, young people and their families by giving them the practical and emotional care and support they need.

Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK. We work to ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting change to their lives.

What you'll be doing

In the role of Children's Services Team Leader, will be working in a service that provides Short Breaks that have positive benefits for children and young people with disabilities and their parents and carers. You will give children and young people time away from their family so they can develop independence, learn new skills, make friends and reduce loneliness whilst giving parents and carers a break from their caring responsibilities and providing time to spend with other children in the family.

You'll do this by:

  • Leading and working inside a team supporting children and young people to reach their potential, across multiple areas of day to day lives 
  • Focusing on meeting social, emotional, health and personal care needs for all of our service users
  • Leading on activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, leisurely visits, physical and imaginativeplay, outdoor games & sensory play.
  • Taking responsibility for the safety, care and engagement of the children and young people and build positive relationships with families and professional colleagues to ensure each child is supported to achieve the best outcomes.

What we need from you:

  • To hold a relevant Level 3 Early Years childcare qualification or willing to undertake an apprenticeship funded totally by us.
  • Have experience of working in children's services and have knowledge of disabilities.
  • A flexible approach to working hours and willing to work across different clubs and activities.
  • Ability work a full day on either Saturday or Sunday with one evening shift a week with work patterns pre-agreed.
  • Experience in leading a team or children and be able to demonstrate leadership qualities.
  • Access to a car as county-wide travel can be regular.

As you can imagine, there's no job too small at Action for Children. Everyone contributes something special that helps us work towards our vision.

Bucks Activity Project is part of the Action for Children Countywide Integrated Short Breaks Service, commissioned by Buckinghamshire Council and provides community short breaks to children and young people aged 0-19 with disabilities and additional learning needs across Buckinghamshire with over 250 children currently registered.

For our Under 5's we offer Ofsted registered play sessions with activities tailored to support children's interests and learning following the Early Years Foundation Stage and all services are currently awarded ‘Good' by Ofsted.

For those children attending full time school we offer weekend and school holiday activities which include arts and crafts, cooking, music, outdoor play and sensory play.

Children and young people aged 8-19 can access activities at weekends, evenings and school holidays including our youth clubs, movie nights, cooking, quiz nights, swimming, bowling, cinema, go-carting, water sports, climbing, ice skating, farm visits, scavenger hunts and woodland walks to name a few.

You can also click on the following links for more information about us, see for yourself how fun and rewarding it is to work for Bucks Activity Project!

Types of short break available| Short break service | Bucks Activity Project| Buckinghamshire |Action for Children | Action for Children

In this role, you'll contribute to our vision of ensuring safe and happy childhoods. To achieve that real change to vulnerable children, young people and families, there'll be certain qualities that you will have.

Working here is so much more than a job.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

If you're interested in finding out more, click apply and visit our careers portal for more information.

Talent pool: We're sure you've got what it takes to join our ambitious team. If you're unsuccessful this time around, we'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up that you might be better suited for. But feel free to let us know if you'd rather we didn't do that.

 If you need support with your application, please contact Sarah Manderfield on 07817 952712 email

Good luck! We can't wait to hear from you.

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