We have some exciting opportunities for social workers to join our Family Safeguarding Team. If you are looking for a friendly, creative and dynamic working culture that supports and enables social work professionals to make a real difference for the most vulnerable then we would welcome an application from you.
We provide children, young people and families with the right service at the right time. Put simply, we change lives for the better.
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.
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 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 identify the needs of children and promote intervention and safeguarding
- To work alongside other professionals and Adult Workers as part of a multi-disciplinary team
- To manage a caseload of Child in Need, Child Protection, Care Proceedings and Children Looked After
- To take part in the team duty system responding to concerns as and when they arise
- To make effective use of time and be able to prioritise workload, ensuring timeliness in visiting, report writing and other deadlines
- With the Supervisor, be able to set clear goals and strategies as part of individual and group case supervision
- To contribute to service development and learning of others
The roles we have available are challenging and interesting and will enable you to continually develop your skills and knowledge, as well as contribute to the ongoing improvement of the services and support we deliver.
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…
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. You will be a qualified social worker and 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.
You will need to understand and have experience of permanence/ PLO/ legal processes and an in-depth knowledge of what works for children and families, relevant legislation, and know what good looks like in practice.
If applying for a Senior Practitioner position you will have a highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice. Your skills and expertise will enable you to take the lead with the most complex situations and be able to support your less experienced colleagues. You will be expected to share up to date research and practice developments working alongside the Principal Social Worker.
If you have chosen social work as a profession and are passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people then join us in Family Safeguarding to contribute to a service that works with families to enable lasting change for children.
Applications will be shortlisted upon receipt and we will send you an interview invite if your application form is successful. As this is an ongoing advert, please note that vacancies may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process following a successful appointment.
Want to ask us a question?
If you would like to meet the team or have an informal discussion please contact:
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.
Applications will be accepted from newly qualified social workers who wish to undertake their ASYE.
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.
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.