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Early Help Practitioners and Support Officers - Wandsworth Childrens Services

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

Children THRIVE in Wandsworth

Does the sound of helping children and young people THRIVE and achieve their potential appeal to you?

Would you like to spend every day at work knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of children and young people in Wandsworth?

If yes, we would love to hear from you!

Wandsworth Early Help Services are seeking a range of practitioners to work within one of our three cluster teams based in either Battersea, Roehampton or Tooting. We are looking to recruit the following:

  • x2 Senior Early Help Practitioners
  • x2 Early Help Practitioners
  • x2 Early Help Support Officers

Things are changing for our Early Help services. We are on a journey of transformation, radically changing our approach to early help by bringing all early help services together (please see attached Early Help Offer at the bottom of the advert).

Our vision

Early help in Wandsworth means being proactive at providing the right support at the right time for all children and families in the borough. We believe that ‘Success starts with Early help’ and our ambition is to get it right for every child at the right time.

It’s our aspiration for every child and young person in Wandsworth to be safe from harm and abuse, be enabled to reach their full potential and develop skills for life, enjoy healthy lifestyles and be happy and active members of the community.

About the Early Help Service

Early Help support is targeted and responsive, ensuring that children and their families can access services easily and coordinated around the individual needs of the family. Using the signs of safety and wellbeing framework we identify concerns and develop a holistic plan based on the individual family’s needs.

In order to do this well we need the right people to join us on our journey that places children at the heart of our practice. We already have a highly skilled and experienced team of practitioners who are committed to ensuring that all children THRIVE in Wandsworth. To strengthen this several opportunities have arisen with our transformation.

About our roles

You will be working with children and young people aged 0-19 (25 SEND), who are in need of targeted support. We are looking for experienced individuals who can work in partnership with children and families further developing our ‘whole family approach’ throughout the cluster model. If you feel you are an experienced and skilled practitioner with the commitment to ensuring that children THRIVE, we would love to hear from you.

How to apply?

In the application form you will be asked what role you would like to apply for alongside choosing your preferred cluster location.

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement must address the requirements listed in the appropriate attached Job Profile and Person Specifications located at the bottom of the advert.

For an informal discussion, please contact either of the three Cluster Heads in bullet points below:

  • Battersea: Jennifer Stapleton, 020 8871 7795
  • Roehampton: Hollis Blake, 020 8871 5242
  • Tooting: Nicky Nicholls, 020 8871 5559


In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.  In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: 11:59pm on Sunday 26th January 2020
  • Shortlisting Date: W/C Monday 27th January 2020
  • Interview Date: Successful applicants will be invited to a short test and interview anticipated w/c Monday 10th Feb 2020

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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