Newly Qualified Social Workers – Bracknell Forest Council are increasing the capacity in all Children’s Social Care Teams
The Leadership Team and workforce at Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care are proud of our bespoke learning and development offer for students, apprentices and newly qualified Social Workers.
Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) 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 welcome applications from Newly Qualified Social Workers with experience of working with Children or Adults.
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 children looked after locally.
We are a small and friendly local authority passionate about delivering good outcomes for children and families. Our 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 early this 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
We understand that the best outcomes are achieved when social workers have access to high quality, meaningful support and a dedicated program of continuous professional development. Bracknell is a great place to start your career; our specialist program of support for Newly Qualified Social Workers will enable you to develop your passion for your chosen career with the best resources, training and development to empower you to be the social worker that you want to become.
If you are newly qualified and 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 are 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, ASYE Programme 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.
You must have a commitment to facilitating better outcomes for children, be organised and are passionate about effective engagement of families.
If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we’d welcome your application to join us.
Interviews will be held 7th or 8th February 2022; 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
Alan Guest: Head of Service Family Safeguarding 01344 351457 or email@example.com
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 Candidate 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.