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Drug and Alcohol Development Worker (FTC 6 months)

  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/22/177498
  • Published: Tue 04/01/2022, 11:10 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 28/01/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £31,166 - £35,371 incl. LWA & Car Allowance
  • 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, young people 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 Duty and Assessment Team for individuals who will share our commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people.  This is a new role for which funding has been agreed for a 6 month period. 

Bracknell Forest Council have a nationally recognised practice model – the ‘Family Safeguarding Model’.  In 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.

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 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.

Bracknell Forest has a friendly, creative, and dynamic working culture that enables social work professionals to make a real difference for the most vulnerable.

Because we’re Bracknell Forest…

What it's like working in our team...

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 undertakes child in need assessments (Single Assessments) and child protection assessments (Section 47’s) using a range of child and adult tools to enhance our analyses, to measure change and to design short, medium or long-term interventions.

The team work hard – often under pressure – to ensure children and families receive a timely service. We know that social work at the front door is a demanding and complex job. You will work alongside a team equipped with the tools to build meaningful relationships and make lasting changes for families.

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...

  • In collaboration with a range of stakeholders identify and / or develop a selection of resources, tools and assessment pathways which enhance risk assessment and planning approaches in Children’s Social Care front door services for parents and carers who misuse drugs and alcohol.
  • Research best practice approaches to drug and alcohol work in children’s services using a range of nationally recognised and accredited outlets.
  • Support social workers to understand the tools and approaches developed and how they can be used best to support their professional activity as part of their overarching assessment of need.
  • Disseminate information and learning to Children’s Social Care and key partners in Early Help and Adult Services.
  • Keep clear records on the number of professionals engaged in the project, the assessment approaches developed and usage of tools and resources with families to be able to evaluate changes in quality of practice, reach to professionals and families and improved outcomes and comply with the Department’s policies and guidelines.

The benefits you will experience are...

  • Flexible working opportunities including working remotely
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • 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...

We are looking for an exceptional individual who can develop, train and support practitioners in their work with parents at initial assessment stage.

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.

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. 

Interviews will be held on 8th February 2022

Want to ask us a question?

For an informal discussion or to ask a question about this role.  Please contact:

Steve Bailey, Head of Service First Response tele: 01344 351698 or 077862 2406, email steve.bailey@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

For more information on working for Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care visit our micro-site www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/childrenssocialcare

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.

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.

No Agencies please.


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  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/22/177498
  • Published: Tue 04/01/2022, 11:10 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 28/01/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £31,166 - £35,371 incl. LWA & Car Allowance
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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