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Social Worker, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/21/171397
  • Published: Fri 05/11/2021, 11:05 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 30/11/2021, 17:05 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Social Worker £35,542-£40,311 (including Market Premia, London Weighting and Essential Car User Allowance) plus £2,000 retention payment per annum starting after one year of service. Plus £8000 relocation payment subject to T&Cs
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

We have transformed our front door services and are inviting you to be part of our future.

We provide children and families with the right service at the right time. Put simply, we change lives for the better.

 

We have an exciting opportunity in our MASH for individuals who will share our commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people to make a real difference for the most vulnerable.

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.

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.

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. 

We promote relationship based practice and more time with children and families so if you have chosen social work as a profession and are passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people then join us to contribute to a service that works with families to enable lasting change for children.

This is an opportunity to join a Local Authority who were assessed by OFSTED as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features in the last Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers in May 2017 which stated;

‘Children looked after, adopted children and young people leaving care in Bracknell Forest receive outstanding care and support. They all benefit from teams of highly committed, ambitious and determined professionals who work extremely well together, helping children to remain safe and achieve in life.’  

“…children benefit from effective relationships with their social workers, and their needs are well understood and planned for. The quality of direct work undertaken with children is strong, and the voice of the child is evident throughout their assessments and reviews, informing plans”

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.

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.  Each team has dedicated admin support.

Our work is diverse and no two days are the same. In our view this makes our service an exciting one to be part of and provides our workers with a broad range of experience.

The team predominately triages all incoming requests for support from Children’s Social Care and make timely decisions for children in need or those who are at risk. We work closely with a range of partners to provide us with a more comprehensive view of needs and risk.

The team work hard – often under pressure – to ensure children and families receive a timely service. We know that MASH social work is a demanding and complex job. You will work alongside a Team Manager and an early intervention triage team.

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.

As we continue our Covid recovery journey; our main priority is to provide our workers with a secure physical and psychological base from which to work safely and effectively.

You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…

  • To triage and identify the needs of children and families referred within a statutory 24 hour timescale. You will negotiate delivery of services where appropriate and be able to promote listening to children at every opportunity; ensuring their views are heard, recorded and acted upon in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • To work alongside other professionals in the triage and MASH process in order to identify children who are in need. Additionally, you will act swiftly to ensure a response for children who are at risk of harm.
  • To work alongside other professionals in the triage and MASH process in order to identify children who are in need. Additionally, you will act swiftly to ensure a response for children who are at risk of harm.
  • To identify the most appropriate intervention and be able to record clearly your rationale and decision making.
  • To make effective use of time and be able to prioritise alongside your Supervisor, setting clear goals and strategies.
  • To develop and maintain accurate case records and comply with the Department’s policies and guidelines.

The benefits you will experience are…

  • Flexible working opportunities including working remotely
  • Annual retention bonus, market premia and relocation package; subject to conditions
  • Generous holiday allowance with the option to buy, sell and bank annual leave
  • A comprehensive induction and excellent ongoing training programme
  • Regular, reflective one to one and group supervisions
  • 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)

What we’re looking for…

The children and young people we work with have told us they want social workers to:

  • Be friendly, fun and energetic;
  • Listen respectfully, take action and stick to deadlines;
  • Keep promises, be accessible and on time

We are looking for practitioners who are talented, passionate and reliable and have an ability to have strong and open relationships with partner agencies; both internally and externally.  You will have current registration with Social Work England and have experience of working within the legal frameworks that support our work. 

As a team we would like practitioners who share our commitment to better outcomes for children, people who are organised and skilled in effective engagement of families; someone who can practice or embed Motivational Interviewing as their practice framework.

If you have the skills, knowledge, experience and enthusiasm 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.

Interview date

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 12th January 2022.

Want to ask us a question?

If you would like to meet the team or have an informal discussion please contact:  

Fiona Tolson, Team Manager on 01344 355357; fiona.tolson@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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.

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

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  • Job Description and Person Specifiction
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/21/171397
  • Published: Fri 05/11/2021, 11:05 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 30/11/2021, 17:05 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Social Worker £35,542-£40,311 (including Market Premia, London Weighting and Essential Car User Allowance) plus £2,000 retention payment per annum starting after one year of service. Plus £8000 relocation payment subject to T&Cs
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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