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A career that's life-changing

Do you want to make a real difference to vulnerable children's lives and to build a fulfilling and meaningful career with a leading UK children's charity? When you work with us, you'll be doing just that.

As well as giving back to society by helping some of its most vulnerable children and families, you'll be fully supported in your role and given everything you need for your career to thrive.

You can be the difference

Data from all our services across the UK shows that:

• 71% of children we work with improved their mental health
• 77% of children and young people are more able to achieve their educational potential
• 73% of children at risk of neglect have warmer more supportive relationships with their parent or carer(s)
• 74% of children at risk of neglect who we work with experience an improvement in family life due to improved routines

These are the differences we measure and our strong evidence base means we can share our work with other organisations who also believe that every child should have the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential, that they all deserve hope for their future.

Benefits

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Salary and leave

We want all of our employees to feel valued and well rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts:

  • By paying you a competitive salary – based on defined job roles and grades.
  • By giving you a really competitive paid holiday allowance- minimum 29 days (pro-rata) plus public/bank holidays
  • By supporting you and welcoming new additions to your family – flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages
  • By giving you a pension – we have a contribution scheme that matches a maximum of 7% employee and 7% employer contributions which includes a death in service benefit.
  • By recognising your continuous service – new Action for Children employees may have their service recognised from their previous employer in certain circumstances.  This will mean you will have an enhanced length of service benefit within certain internal schemes.

Additional Benefits

By having money saving offers and schemes which include:
• Salary sacrifice pension arrangement
• Salary sacrifice childcare vouchers
• Salary Sacrifice cycle to work scheme
• Season ticket travel loans – interest free and repayable in monthly instalments
• Access to our retail discounts website ‘My Savings’

 

By providing you with support to do your job 

• Independent confidential telephone counselling and advice service
• Discounted healthcare provision: Comprehensive health cover with premiums to suit most pockets and needs
• Equality & Diversity (engagement forums): Individuals from the organisation are invited to become employee ambassadors
• We have a recognised agreement with two unions: Unite and Unison

 

By giving you even more benefits

We’ll pay for your eye tests if you use screens as part of your job and contribute towards your glasses
We give you the chance to job share and have flexible working. We are big believers on a healthy work/life balance and have policies and practices for you
We’ll support your development from day one through to continuing professional development (CPD). 

Learning & Development

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It is really important that you continue to grow professionally, learn new skills and have a variety of learning experiences whilst employed with us, this ongoing development will help us continue to make a difference to all the service users we support.

We are absolutely committed to providing an inclusive, supportive environment and creating opportunities for people to learn and develop.

Leadership Development:
We believe in nurturing everyday leadership and so whether or not you are leading a directorate or leading your own areas of responsibility we want to support, encourage and help you become the best leader you can be.

Learning and Development is most effective when it is a mix of approaches:
• Experience – 70% of learning is most effective through on the job opportunities which stretch us out of our comfort zone and help build depth and breadth of experience such as shadowing, new projects, stretching tasks and secondments.
• Exposure – 20% of learning comes from seeing others in action and learning from their strengths, skills and knowledge such as mentoring or coaching.
• Education – 10% of learning can be through formal learning activity such as training courses, webinars or reading

Supporting Diversity/Disability

We are committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively across our entire organisation. We uphold these principles in our behaviours and practices - as an employer, as a service provider and as a campaigning organisation.

We use the Equality & Human Rights Commission's nine protected characteristics to help focus our equality and diversity work and ensure the Code of Practice is followed to inform the procedures and practice standards.

We aim to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and have due regard to advancing equality for the relevant protected characteristics. We will not tolerate discrimination against employees or service users who have one or more of the protected characteristics:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender
  4. Gender reassignment
  5. Marriage and civil partnership
  6. Race & Ethnicity
  7. Religion or belief
  8. Sexual orientation
  9. Pregnancy and maternity

In Northern Ireland we also recognise the diversity strand of community background.

We need to collate data to find out the diversity of those working for us, and to provide a tool to measure success in eradicating discrimination across Action for Children. The information you provide to us will be used for monitoring purposes only and will treated in the strictest confidence.