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Art and Play Therapists
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB00831
  • Published: Wed 27/07/2022, 2:55 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 07/09/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 18.5
  • Salary: £23,832.50 - £26,338.50 p/a pro-rata for 18.5 hours per week plus £318.50 p/a pro-rata London Weighting for 18.5 hours per week
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square

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Art and Play Therapists

18-month fixed-term contracts, part-time

This is a unique opportunity to be part of Bracknell Forest's multi-agency approach to ensuring the therapeutic needs of children and young people are met.

“Leaders lead by example and are available to all staff when needed for case exploration and discussion.” ​ Ofsted ILACS Inspection, June 2022.

“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.” Ofsted ILACS Inspection, June 2022.

We have two new and exciting roles as we develop our bespoke creative therapeutic team within our Permanency Team. Clinical Supervision will be available from an Educational Psychologist.

* Art Therapist .5FTE

* Play Therapist .5FTE

Our Family Safeguarding Teams exemplify how Children's Safeguarding work can support families and secure the best outcomes for children and young people.

If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we'd welcome your application to join us and will consider applications on a 12 month fixed term basis.

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…

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary social care team offering specialist support services to children and adolescents.

Family Safeguarding is a whole system reform of child protection services. It brings together the professionals working with a family as one team and aims to keep children safely within their families by identifying and meeting need. Using motivational practice, multi-disciplinary teams work on addressing the compounding factors known as the 'trio of vulnerabilities': domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and parental mental health. We have already enhanced our services to offer earlier and more timely support to children and adolescents who are impacted by experiencing mental health and/or domestic abuse and/or substance misuse. These roles will further complement our core offer.

The Permanency Team is well integrated across all service areas within Children's Social Care and works with children and adolescent mental health and supports children and adolescents living with domestic abuse and substance misuse.

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…

Workers are equipped with the tools to build meaningful relationships and make lasting changes for families. To further support you to provide high-quality creative therapies, we have a comprehensive learning and development offer, and will ensure access to clinical supervision. Bracknell Forest is a great place to learn, develop your practice and career progress.

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…

We are seeking Therapists to join us in Children’s Social Care, to deliver specialist assessment and intervention, both to individuals, families and groups in order to improve outcomes for children and young people.

You will be a practitioner who can engage with children and their parents/ carers, be reliable and provide stability and ambition for children and their families during the time they are working with us. 

The roles are for qualified Art/Play Therapists who have experience of setting up and running projects.  You must have a commitment to facilitating better outcomes for children, be organised and skilled in effective engagement.

These roles will be offered as secondment opportunities should the successful candidates are internal. 

Interview date

Friday 16th September 2022

Please state clearly which role you are interested in when applying.

Want to ask us a question?

If you would like an informal discussion or have any queries please contact: 

Hannah Morris, Team Manager - Life Chances 01344 351379 or

Isha Phillips, Assistant Team Manager - Permanency Team 01344 352051 or

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

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.

No agencies please. 

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.