Team Manager - Family Safeguarding, Keeping Families Together
Bracknell Children’s Social Care have an exciting opportunity to lead a Family Safeguarding Team which works within a pioneering practice model, encompassing more time with children and families.
If you are a strong advocate for children and their families, a manager or experienced practitioner looking for that first management role and you recognise that great leadership in Children’s Social Care goes hand in hand with great social work, then we would welcome an application from you.
Bracknell Forest Council have a nationally recognised practice model – the ‘Family Safeguarding Model’. In a recent Focused Inspection Ofsted stated “Implementation of the chosen social work model provides a collegiate, holistic and dynamic practice environment, allowing social workers to make quick inroads into addressing long-standing parental issues which impact on the experiences and progress of children”, July 2021.
Favouring a relational approach in all that we do, over 80% of our workforce are permanent employees, caseloads are manageable and caring for ‘you and your family’ is a priority for the Council.
Working collaboratively with families to keep them together, where it is safe to do so, is at the heart of the embedded Family Safeguarding Model and our approach is underpinned by Motivational Interviewing (MI). This ensures families, children and young people feel empowered and enables parents to make the positive changes needed, to achieve improved outcomes for their children and their own wellbeing. Therefore, parents are motivated to identify the changes needed within their own families which results in them achieving better outcomes for children.
Because we’re Bracknell Forest…
What it’s like working in our team…
We know that social work, whilst rewarding, is not always easy. To support high quality consistent social work, we have a comprehensive learning and development offer, driven by our passionate Principal Social Worker. We have resilience groups, well-being days and events, group supervision as well as peer support.
We are graded by Ofsted as “Good with Outstanding features”. In July 2021, Ofsted identified during the focused visit:
“they have continued to ensure the delivery of high-quality social work practice that has a positive impact on children’s experiences”.
Overall, Inspectors found that social workers and other frontline practitioners benefit from manageable caseloads, good training and powerful and highly reflective supervision that ensures children are at the heart of decision making.
This Team Manager role is responsible for managing one of our three Family Safeguarding (FS) Teams; they exemplify how children’s safeguarding work can support families and secure the best outcomes for children and young people.
Our teams of qualified social workers and family workers are supported by specialist officers in domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse, meaning no lengthy waits for much needed services for our families. It is all here, accessible and underpinning the planning and work being delivered to mitigate against risks, build resilience in families and enable families to meet their own children’s needs more effectively. Access to family group conferences and mediation work with families is additionally available and supports all involved, to secure decisions and outcomes in children’s best interests.
We have a good early help offer and work in collaboration with statutory partners and voluntary agencies in the community. Supporting families to access these services and support is also part of our daily morale purpose to enable families to secure safety and confidence in their own abilities to look after their children.
Our performance management tells us:
- We provide timely decisions on new contacts to the department.
- Our assessment timeliness is a strength.
- More children and families are taking up the early help offer at the point of step down.
Our workforce tells us:
- There is a supportive and approachable leadership and management team.
- All teams offer each other good peer support; there is a strong focus on shared problem solving.
- They feel appreciated and their development is prioritised.
- Supervision is of high quality, reflective and routinely provided.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…
- Your main priority is to provide the workers in your team with clear and timely direction and a secure physical and psychological base from which to work safely and effectively to reduce the risk of harm to children and increase their long-term outcomes.
- Ensure the management and professional development of team members through the provision of supervision, appraisal and appropriate support and development.
- Ensure ongoing work and the resources provided to families are reviewed and monitored in accordance with legislative requirements and Departmental procedures and policies.
- Embed multi-agency working by developing appropriate liaison/working arrangements e.g. health, schools and by involvement as agreed in specific development projects.
- Support the Head of Service with business planning, commissioning, and contracting for the relevant service areas to meet current and future demand; ensuring that customers/residents and service users are consulted, provide feedback and participate in service development.
The benefits you will experience are…
- A comprehensive induction and excellent ongoing training programme
- Regular, reflective one to one and group supervisions
- Annual retention bonus, market premia and relocation package
- Generous holiday allowance with the option to buy, sell and bank annual leave
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- An interest free loan for a rail season ticket
- Access to Cycle to Work Scheme
- Internal sports and social club opportunities with discounted leisure centre and gym membership
- Supermarket discount
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre (Lexicon)
- Flexible working opportunities including working remotely
What we’re looking for…
If you have the skills, knowledge, experience, vision, enthusiasm and drive we are looking for, and if you want to work for a local authority that values and invests in staff, we would love to hear from you.
Interviews will be held on Friday 5th November 2021
Want to ask us a question?
If you would like to meet the team or have an informal discussion please contact:
Peter Hodges, Head of Service - Life Chances
01344 351532 or Peter.email@example.com
Sonia Johnson, Assistant Director: Children’s Social Care
01344 353132 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on working for Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care visit our micro-site: https://beta.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/jobs/childrens-social-care-jobs
Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience of working within the current Social Care System and Framework.
Any candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.
No agencies please.
As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.
How to Apply
Please apply online (see below).
It is important that you read the Application Pack before you apply for this job. It contains information that you will need to refer to when applying. Not referring to this information is likely to reduce your chances of success.
Bracknell Forest Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk and expects all staff to share this commitment. All staff employed by the Council in contact with children and adults at risk must be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken. We take up references for all shortlisted candidates and, wherever possible, apply for these prior to interview.