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Social Worker / Senior Practitioner – Children’s Social Care

  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/21/176887
  • Published: Mon 20/12/2021, 10:20 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 17/01/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time, Part Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Social Worker – £35,542-£40,311 plus £2,000 retention payment after one year, up to £8,000 relocation package Senior Practitioner – £40,551-£45,058 plus £2,000 retention payment after one year, up to £8,000 relocation package
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

Bracknell Forest Council are increasing the capacity in all Children’s Social Care Teams.

We have a number of varied and interesting projects taking place in 2022 in Family Safeguarding Children’s Social Care and we are increasing capacity in all of our Multi-Disciplinary Social Work Teams.

We are rolling out and refreshing motivational interviewing training for the whole service; we have a newly formed Under 1’s service; an All About Me project for direct work and we are transforming our Fostering service to better meet the needs of more children looked after.  

We are a small and friendly local authority.  The leaders and managers know that it is essential for social care workers to have a secure physical and psychological base from which to be the best workers they can be.  Coaches will be joining us in the new year to assist with the continuous development of group and reflective supervision. 

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

If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we’d welcome your application to join us in Family Safeguarding, Keeping Families together where it safe to do so.

Bracknell Forest Council have a nationally recognised practice model – the ‘Family Safeguarding Model’.  During our 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 caseloads are manageable and caring for ‘you and your family’ is a priority for the Council.  To sustain this culture, we are seeking likeminded professionals to complement our teams.

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 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”.

As recent as July Ofsted 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 co-located with and joint worked 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 and adapt to current developments; 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 for example of Child in Need, Child Protection, Care Proceedings or 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 across our teams and our practice model 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.  Team bios are provided below with the job description and benefits information.

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
  • Funded Social Work England annual registration fee if you are working for us at the point of renewal
  • 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…

We are looking for practitioners who can engage with children and their parents, be reliable and provide stability and ambition for children and their families during the time they are working with us. 

These roles are for qualified social workers that have current registration with Social Work England and have experience of working within the legal frameworks that support our work.  You must have a commitment to facilitating better outcomes for children, be organised and skilled in effective engagement of families.

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. 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 you meet the essential criteria within the Job Description and you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we’d welcome your application to join us.

Interview date

Interview dates:  27th and 28th January 2022; applications will be shortlisted on 18th January and we will send you an interview invite if your application form is successful.  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 an informal discussion please contact: 

Flo Landor: Principal Social Worker 01344 351399 or Floriane.Landor@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Steve Bailey; Head of Service First Response 01344 351698 or Steve.Bailey@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Peter Hodges; Head of Service Life Chances 01344 351532 or Peter.Hodges@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.

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. 

Downloads

  • Candidate Pack
  • CSC Team Summary
  • Job Description and Person Specification
  • L&D Opportunities
  • Benefits
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/21/176887
  • Published: Mon 20/12/2021, 10:20 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 17/01/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time, Part Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Social Worker – £35,542-£40,311 plus £2,000 retention payment after one year, up to £8,000 relocation package Senior Practitioner – £40,551-£45,058 plus £2,000 retention payment after one year, up to £8,000 relocation package
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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