12-month fixed-term contract
Our Family Safeguarding Teams exemplify how Children's Safeguarding work can support families and secure the best outcomes for children and young people.
Bracknell Forest Council Children’s Social Care were graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in June 2022.
“Leaders lead by example and are available to all staff when needed for case exploration and discussion.” Ofsted ILACS Inspection, June 2022.
“The ‘make safe’ team undertakes effective and tenacious work to promote children’s safety.” Ofsted ILACS Inspection, June 2022.
We have an exciting opportunity to join the Makesafe Team. Part of the Children's Specialist Support Team, Makesafe works with children and young people who go missing and are at risk of exploitation. This niche role will specialise in working with boys at risk of exploitation, serious violence and offending.
If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we'd welcome your application to join us. Initially funding for this role is only available for the first 12 months, after which time, if available, you could transfer into a regular social work role within one of our service areas, unless there is still demand and funding to support this cohort.
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) across all our social care teams.
What it's like working in our team….
The Makesafe Team has a distinct culture. We are innovative and entreprenueral. We think outside the box and aren't afraid to try new ideas. We look out for each other and stand up for the children we work with, who are some of the most characterful and charismatic you will ever meet. The work is varied and unpredictable, which means we always need to be ready to meet new challenges and dynamic in our responses.
The team is well integrated with local partners (particularly the police) and co-located with specialist workers in domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse, meaning no lengthy waits for much needed services for our families and interventions that help build resilience and mitigate risks. We receive positive feedback from children and their families.
Colleagues tell 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 our passionate 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.
The benefits you will experience are…
- Flexible working opportunities including working remotely for part of the week
- Tangs all you can eat buffet on your first day, courtesy of the Team Manager
- 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 (if applicable, subject to conditions), 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 a practitioner who can build trusted relationships with children, be reliable and provide stability and ambition for children during the time they are working with us. We need a dynamic self-starter who can use their initiative to create innovative ways to reach children.
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.
Interview date: Friday 12th August 2022 and Monday 19th September
Applications can be made simply via CV and may be shortlisted on receipt with an earlier interview offered at a mutually agreed time.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a full application form as part of our safer recruitment.
Want to ask us a question?
If you would like an informal discussion please contact:
Nick Young, Partnership Relations Manager, tele 07826 953 564 or email:
Lou Richer, Head of Service, tele 01344 353112 or email:
For more information on working for Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care visit our micro-site.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience of working within the current Social Care System and Framework.
Social Work England registration fees can be claimed back from the Council.
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.