Social Worker/Senior Practitioner - Duty and Assessment
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: People/21/161679
  • Published: Thu 12/08/2021, 13:55 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 24/09/2021, 17:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Social Worker £35,542 - £40,311/Senior Practitioner £40,551 - £45,058, both roles inclusive of market premia, essential car user allowance and London Weighting, plus £2,000 retention payment per annum, starting after one year of service.
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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Social Worker/Senior Practitioner - Duty and Assessment

We have transformed our front door services and are inviting you to be part of our future. 

We provide children and families with the right service at the right time. 

Our transformation has seen early help triage and our newly formed edge of care pod brought into the front door service area. Our long-term social work teams have successfully embedded the Family Safeguarding Model and we want to replicate these successes in a bespoke and enhanced manner within our Assessment Team. 

Because we are Bracknell Forest. 

What it’s like working in our team…

We are looking for talented and passionate candidates to join a successful yet ever evolving team in making a positive difference to vulnerable families in Bracknell Forest. We want practitioners to join us in providing a compassionate and safety-first approach to children and families at risk or in need of services. 

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. 

We strive to deliver high quality social work through our comprehensive learning and development offer and good reflective supervision and peer support.    

As part of a routine stock-take of staff well-being we were told the following;

  • There is a supportive and approachable leadership and management team
  • The team offer each other good peer support
  • Staff felt appreciated and that their development was prioritised
  • Supervision is routinely provided

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 an early help offer at the point of step down

This is an opportunity to join a Local Authority who were assessed by OFSTED as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features in the most recent 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”

During a Joint Targeted Area Inspection in January 2019, inspectorates found;

There is an impressive multi-agency culture of creativity, reflection and active problem-solving” 

“… teams are well established, with confident and competent social work staff and managers… There are no delays in contacts being reviewed by a manager, and decision-making is proportionate and child-focused... The duty team visits children immediately… Children’s assessments [ensure] relevant information is considered in order to reduce risk for children and improve their outcomes…” 

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

  • To identify the needs of children and families referred and negotiate delivery of services where appropriate. A large part in this will be to promote listening to children at every opportunity; ensuring their views are heard, recorded and acted upon in an appropriate and timely.
  • To work alongside other professionals in assessing children in need and undertaking child protection.
  • To carry a duty caseload of single assessments under S17 and S47 of the Children’s Act. This will include taking part in a weekly duty system (approximately one duty day per week), responding to child protection 
  • Develop SMART safety plans with families and arrange/provide appropriate intervention. 
  • To make effective use of time and be able to prioritise Alongside your Supervisor, be able to set clear goals and strategies. 
  • To develop and maintain accurate case records and comply with the Department’s policies and guidelines. 

The benefits you will experience are… 

  • Flexible working
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme
  • Annual retention bonus, market premia and generous relocation allowance
  • Regular, reflective one to one and group supervisions.
  • Excellent training, including Motivational Interviewing Training, and continuing professional development opportunities 

What we’re looking for… 

Someone who brings positivity, energy and enthusiasm. 

Additional talent to the team who is equally keen to learn through a high support and high challenge working environment. 

Practitioners who have an understanding and ability to embed a holistic approach.

An ability to have strong and open relationships with families, peers and managers.

Someone who can practice or embed Motivational Interviewing as their practice framework. 

The successful candidates will join a newly developed service area, consisting of stable and enthusiastic teams. You will be supported by a well-organised First Contact Team that consists of both early help and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, working closely with a variety of associated partners to ensure appropriate and timely assessment and plans for children. 

We are currently only able to accept applications from UK applicants and you should be able to demonstrate experience of working within the current Social Care System and Framework. 

No agencies please

Interview date

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th October 2021 

Want to ask us a question? 

If you have the skills, vision, enthusiasm and drive we are looking for, and if you want to work for a local authority that value and invest in staff, we would love to hear from you.  

For more information on working for Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care visit our micro-site 

If you would like to meet the team or have an informal discussion, please contact Julia Mackenzie, Team Manager on 01344 351317 or Andrew Ellery, Head of Service on 01344 351698.


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 Application 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.

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