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Action for Children

Children's Services Team Leader

Job Type



South East




Posted Date

2 December 2022

Aylesbury, High Wycombe and surrounding areas in Buckinghamshire

Closing Date

9 December 2022

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

We're Bucks Activity Project, one of over 400 services in the Action for Children family. We are passionate about providing community short breaks to children with disabilities and additional needs for children aged 0-19. Our aim is to give every child customised opportunities to have fun, build skills and promote independence at their pace, underpinned by a welcoming, responsive and skilled administrative team that supports our staff, families and partners.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

You will be leading and working inside a team supporting children and young people to reach their potential by focusing on meeting social, emotional, health and personal care needs for all of our service users, acknowledging individual interests and needs.

You will be leading and planning activities for children to access a wide range of activities to meet their individual needs and interests including arts and crafts, sensory play, cooking, team games, outdoor play, and enhancing life skills and for our youngest children following Early Years Foundation Stage.

You will love to have fun, engage and interact with children and young people that take part in activities in the local community such as climbing, water sports, go karting and visits to local farms and parks.

You will also be recording outcomes for children and supporting colleagues. We are looking for people who will take responsibility for the safety, care and engagement of children, instilling a culture of continuous improvement through dialogue with the young people, parents and professional colleagues to ensure each child is supported to achieve the best outcomes.

Let's talk about you

You will be able to demonstrate experience in working with children and have knowledge of disabilities, alongside excellent communication, interpersonal skills and leadership qualities. You will also need to hold a relevant Level 3 Early Years childcare qualification, or a relevant qualification in youth work, children's services or education or be willing to study for one funded by us.

We're keen to recruit individuals with the right values and behaviours who can ensure our workplace values are at the heart of everything we do. Our values are:

Passionate, Ambitious, Collaborative and Inclusive

If you share our values, we want you!

Application Process

There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

Talent Pool

We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We'd love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

Interested? To find out more, please email Sam Richardson, Recruitment Partner or call 01923 361737 for an informal chat or complete your application at Action for Children Careers

Diversity, equality and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

Don't meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

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