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Leaving Care Service Personal Adviser
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB00729
  • Published: Fri 01/07/2022, 2:42 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 15/08/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £25,553 - £30,774 p/a (inclusive of London Weighting and Essential Car User Allowance)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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Leaving Care Service Personal Adviser

12-month maternity cover

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Leaving Care Service working with young people from the age of 16 to 25. You will support, advise, and guide young people who are in care as well as young people who have left care.

If you are looking for a friendly, creative and dynamic working culture that supports and enables social work and other professionals to make a real difference for the most vulnerable then we would welcome an application from you.

We are a small and friendly local authority. The leaders and managers know that it is essential for our workforce 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) across all our teams.

We want to help our most vulnerable young people to get their lives firmly on track. Leaving care can be a daunting prospect. Your skills and experience will help our young people to develop their independence skills and build emotional resilience to enable them to navigate the adult world.

What it's like working in our team…

The Leaving Care Service is a bespoke and very supportive team. The work we do can be challenging and we understand the importance of support and advice.

We have a comprehensive learning and development package, driven by our passionate Principal Social Worker and a regular offer of resilience groups, well-being events, reflective one to one and group supervisions and peer support. Our whole service area operates an 'open floor' policy meaning leaders are available, approachable and play an active role in supporting you and your work.

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

  • Manage a caseload of young people leaving care and maintain appropriate case management records
  • Undertake holistic assessments and coordinate services for care experienced young people, identifying their specific needs and those at risk of harm
  • Working in partnership with relevant agencies and other stakeholders promoting the service to other professionals
  • Actively refer care leavers into appropriate services
  • Work flexibly to meet the needs of young people leaving care; this may include traveling out of area and working in the evening
  • Jointly work with social workers within Children's Social Care to further support children in care aged 16-18 in preparation for adulthood and independence

The benefits you will experience are…

  • Flexible working opportunities including working remotely for part of the week
  • A comprehensive induction and excellent ongoing training programme
  • 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…

This is a varied and rewarding role which requires an individual to be committed to improving the lives of vulnerable, sometimes chaotic, young adults. You need to have excellent communication skills and be creative and tenacious when engaging young people.

You need to be organised, flexible, IT literate and able to work as part of a team who are committed to better outcomes for children and 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: Tuesday 2nd August 2022 and Tuesday 30th August 2022


Applications may be shortlisted on receipt and an earlier interview offered at a mutually agreed time.  Please note that vacancies may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process following a successful appointment.

Want to ask us a question?

For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role.  Please contact:

Anna Freshwater, Assistant Team Manager, Leaving Care Service

Tele: 01344 354041 or email:

No Agencies please

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

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.