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Senior Social Worker - Preparing for Adulthood Team

  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DAC0265
  • Published: Thu 05/01/2023, 10:05 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/02/2023, 23:05 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £39,493 - £42,503 Per Year
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

Are you an Experienced Social Worker looking for a new challenge?  Or a Senior Social Worker looking to move to a new challenge?

We are a local authority working for the community, improving the lives of our residents and we are looking for a motivated and talented and Senior Social Worker in Adult Social Care here to join our Preparing for Adulthood (PFA) team. Wherever you are in your own career journey, we’re committed to offering the support and development you need.


Working as a Senior Social Worker for Reading Borough Council you will be part of a friendly and supporting team.  We are looking for an individual who can demonstrate great communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with colleagues, young adults and health care providers.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.


About the Role:

This is a role for a Senior Social Worker who is interested in working with 14 to 25 year olds in the PFA team. 

Team Objectives:

  • To provide a timely transition for all Care Act eligible 14 to18 year olds into adulthood and ensuring all 18 to 25 year olds are receiving the appropriate ASC support under care act eligibility criteria.
  • To attend all 14 to 16 year old EHCP annual reviews once consent gained, to begin/review joint working with children’s services from 16 to 18 year olds, and to take over all eligible support and funding for 18 to 25 year olds.
  • To promote as much independence, whatever that looks like to the young adult, as possible to allow for successful and achievable outcomes for our young adults.
  • To embed a reablement focus for the young adults.
  • To work with all families to ensure they understand the role and remit of PFA.
  • To develop close and effective relationships with providers, community and voluntary services, children’s services, schools and colleges.
  • To be a high performing, efficient, supportive and outcome focused team who together embed the principles of TEAM Reading.


You will hold a varied caseload and contribute to the team performance and positive outcomes for our residents.

This post offers opportunities to improve your skills and experience within Adult Social Care working with their colleagues in children’s services.

You will have the opportunity to improve your skills in high quality, client-led, interventions to young people in their own homes and community, in a friendly and supportive team.

You will work within the legal framework provided by the statute, guidance, policies and procedures.

You will need to have:

  • A degree or equivalent in Social Work
  • Registration with Social Work England
  • Understanding of the Care Act 2014 and the Childrens and Families Act 2014

We offer excellent support, supervision and induction.  You will have access to our Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth with opportunities to learn and develop new clinical skills, helping you to build your Continuing Professional Development portfolio, extending your skills and supporting you to grow as a social worker.

We work closely with our colleagues in Reading Borough Council, Health Professionals, Voluntary and Charity colleagues to facilitate the best possible outcomes for those people we support.

This role offers Agile/Hybrid Working – you have the opportunity to work from home and the Civic Offices in Reading but also you will need to attend face to face visits within the Reading Borough.

Our offer
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities 
  • Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place.

Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:

Work Together as one team - work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do

Drive Efficiency - show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency. Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential

Be Ambitious - be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way

Make a Difference to Reading - maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed


Closing date: Sunday 5th February 2023
Interview date: To be confirmed

If you would like to find out more about this role and the team, please contact Pippa Durant (PFA Team Manager) on 07815 701 876 or pippa.durant@reading.gov.uk.


Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


  • Job Description
  • Employer: Reading Borough Council
  • Reference: DAC0265
  • Published: Thu 05/01/2023, 10:05 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 05/02/2023, 23:05 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £39,493 - £42,503 Per Year
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire

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