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Participation Officer
  • Employer: Brighter Futures for Children
  • Reference: BFC0252
  • Published: Fri 08/10/2021, 16:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 31/10/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £36,922 - £42,821
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire

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Participation Officer

Brighter Futures for Children

The Team/Role

Are you passionate about children? Do you have the desire to improve and provide quality services for our children?  If yes, then come join Brighter Futures for Children on our improvement journey

The Participation Officer has an important role to play in strengthening the ways that the views of children, young people and families inform service design and delivery.  The role will oversee and coordinate participation work across the company.  The officer will be responsible for the delivery of a refreshed Engagement and Participation Strategy, leading on its implementation to ensure that all children, especially vulnerable children and their families can take an active role in informing and shaping service delivery.

This is a key role as it promotes and develops the engagement and participation of children, young people and their families receiving services from Brighter Futures for Children to enable them to influence their individual care plans, help shape services and development policy and procedures. This includes supporting children, young people and parents taking part in groups, but also supporting frontline practitioners to engage and involve children, young people and parents in direct work and interventions to deliver positive outcomes.

About BFFC

Brighter Futures for Children is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families.  We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough. 

  • We protect and enhance the lives of the children of Reading.
  • We help families find long-term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy, and successful lives.
  • We embrace new and proven ways of working, including; Trauma Informed practice, Restorative approaches, Strong partnership working, Quick and appropriate decision-making.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To lead the development and delivery of the Engagement and Participation Strategy, including at least annual reviews of the strategy. Coordinate all activity taking place under the strategy, and update as appropriate, taking learning from best practice from elsewhere.
  • To monitor impact on service delivery, and to provide regular reports on participation activity and outcomes to the Senior Leadership Team.
  • To provide a particular focus on the establishment of strong consultation systems with children, young people and their parents / family – ensuring their views are heard and actions implemented, outcomes monitored and feedback given.
  • To lead the delivery of the Children in Care Council, ASPIRE, Care Leavers’ Forum the Youth Council, to include supporting children and young people who may be unable to attend. To provide a monthly meeting accessible to Children in Care and Care Leavers, raise awareness and promote attendance at meetings. To liaise with Children’s Services’ colleagues to inform and advise them on the Children in Care Council and Care Leaver’s activities through a programme of activities, events, and other creative mechanisms, providing both term time and school holiday activities.
  • To design, develop and deliver groups to support children in need and children subject to a child protection plan, and children and families being supported with early help services.
  • To assist in providing mechanisms for effective communication between children and young people in care, care leavers and the Corporate Parenting Panel to ensure the view of children and young people is heard and heeded. To attend Corporate Parenting Panel meetings as required.
  • To promote good practice and deliver training in relation to participation. This will include, among others, social workers, foster carers, early help staff, health and education staff.

Essential Qualifications:

  • A sound knowledge of child safeguarding and children in care legislation, guidance and procedures.

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Two years’ experience of working directly with children/young people in need, subject to child protection plans and in care; and other relevant fields.
  • Understanding and experience of multi-agency and inter-professional working with children.
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing with children and young people, Councillors and other professionals.
  • Experience of working in an effective and appropriate way with children who may be traumatised, have suffered abuse, and/or who might be exhibiting behaviour consistent with these experiences.
  • Willingness to work flexibly which will include some evening and/or weekend work on occasion.
  • Planning and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work predominantly independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to manage budgets.
  • A commitment to inclusive practice and confidence to embed anti discriminatory practice into daily work.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Call Fiona Betts on 07910 217413 or email

What we offer:

  • We offer a supportive framework to develop your career
  • You’ll work in a friendly and collaborative environment where we are committed to delivering positive outcomes.
  • We have a strong training and developmental pathway
  • All team managers are permanent staff and our Consultant Practitioners will coach, mentor and support you.

Our package

  • Competitive salary
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • On-site outstanding nursery
  • Free parking
  • Pool cars

We offer a range of extras

  •  Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loans
  • Local discounts
  • Health and wellbeing programme