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Senior Social Worker - Parenting Assessor

  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/23/225644
  • Published: Wed 18/01/2023, 10:50 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 06/02/2023, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, Able to work outside office hours on occasions
  • Salary: £43,516 - £46,549 FTE 0.8 pro rata, 4% annual retention bonus, £663 London weighting + £963 Essential Car User (£34,812 to £37,239 + £530 LWA + £770 ECU pro-rata)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

Join an Outstanding Authority…

Bracknell Forest Council Children’s Social Care were graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in June 2022 (ILACS Inspection):

“Leaders lead by example and are available to all staff when needed for case exploration and discussion”.

“Children and young people in the care of Bracknell Forest benefit from consistently good support and care from their committed and caring social workers and foster carers”.

We have an exciting opportunity in our Children Specialist Support Team for individuals who will share our commitment to improving outcomes for those children in our care.

If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we’d welcome your application to join us.

Children’s Specialist Support:

Bracknell Forest Council’s Children’s Specialist Support Team is part of Childrens Social Care, and is co-located with the Special Educational Needs Team and Educational Psychology. The team work with children and their families who require a specialist social care response as a result of needs or risks relating to disability, physical/sensory impairment, complex health needs, learning/disability, child sexual exploitation and/or going missing. The role of the team is to support permanency with a personalised approach that enables wherever possible children to be cared for safely within their own families.

What it’s like working in our team…

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.  Working collaboratively with families to keep them together, where it is safe to do so, is at the heart of our embedded Family Safeguarding Model and our approach is underpinned by Motivational Interviewing (MI).

The remit of the Safeguarding team is focussed on preventative work and on child protection.

The Referral & Assessment Team is the front door to Children’s Social Care Services, providing advice and information to the public and professionals and undertaking assessments when the child and family appear to need support. If a contact or referral to the team does not meet the threshold for social work assessment, it is signposted to appropriate services or other early help resources. This team also carries out child protection enquiries and child in need assessments, visiting families when there are concerns about children’s safety and/or welfare.

Following an assessment if further intervention is required, the family are allocated a social worker from one of the long term teams, Under 11's, Over 11's or Disabled Children's Team. All case work is closed or transferred from the Referral & Assessment Team within 4 to 6 weeks.

The Under 11's team primary role is to ensure that the welfare of vulnerable children and young people is safeguarded and has a particular focus upon those children who are subject to Child Protection Plans or Care Proceedings, although the team carry a significant number of Child in Need cases too.

Both teams have close working relationships with our Legal Department, Independent Reviewing Service and multi-agency partners.

Our social workers have the time to get to know everyone they work with, excellent support from managers and colleagues across the department and expert guidance whenever they need it.  The work we do is centred around making a difference to each individual child who is looked after, including as they approach and enter adulthood via leaving care.  Working alongside children and their social worker to achieve permanence for our most vulnerable, we are committed to finding safe and secure ‘forever homes’ and the development of All About Me and Life Journey work for 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

You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…

Social Workers are equipped with the tools to build meaningful relationships and make lasting changes for families. To further support you to provide high quality consistent social work, we have a comprehensive learning and development offer, driven by a dedicated Principal Social Worker.  We have resilience groups, well-being events, regular, reflective one to one and group supervisions and peer support. Bracknell Forest is a great place to learn and develop your practice.

This role 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…

  • Flexible working opportunities including working remotely for part of the week
  • Following probation period, an opportunity to take part in a 9-day fortnight trial
  • A comprehensive induction and excellent ongoing training programme
  • Annual retention bonus, market premia and relocation package
  • Funded Social Work England annual registration fee
  • 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)

What we’re looking for…

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

To be successful, you must 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 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.

Interview date

Interviews will be held on the 15th February.

Want to ask us a question?

If you would like an informal discussion please contact: 

Chloe Herniman, Assistant Team Manager on 01344 354336; chloe.herniman@bracknell-forest.gov.uk 


Hannah Morris, Team Manager - Life Chances on 01344 351379; hannah.morris@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

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.

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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How to Apply

Applications can be made simply via a CV.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a full application form as part of our safer recruitment. 


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  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/23/225644
  • Published: Wed 18/01/2023, 10:50 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 06/02/2023, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, Able to work outside office hours on occasions
  • Salary: £43,516 - £46,549 FTE 0.8 pro rata, 4% annual retention bonus, £663 London weighting + £963 Essential Car User (£34,812 to £37,239 + £530 LWA + £770 ECU pro-rata)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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