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Social Worker - Children Looked After
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB00818
  • Published: Fri 29/07/2022, 5:36 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 28/08/2022, 5:36 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + £38,147 - £43,000
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: RG12 1JD

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Social Worker - Children Looked After

We have an exciting opportunity in our Children Looked After Team for individuals who will share our commitment to improving outcomes for those children in our care.

“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

Our Family Safeguarding Teams exemplify how Children's Safeguarding work can support families and secure the best outcomes for children and young people. We provide children, young people and families with the right service at the right time. Put simply, we change lives for the better.

If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we'd welcome your application to join us.

What it's like working in our team…

Our teams of qualified social workers and family workers are co-located with and joint work 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.

The CLA Team is a great team to work in with a shared passion and ethos providing a mutually supportive and positive team dynamic. We ensure monthly time for reflective team supervision and work with others across the service to draw on specialist knowledge and support. We have dedicated admin support.

Our social workers have the time to get to know everyone they work with, excellent support from managers and colleagues across the department and expert guidance whenever they need it. The work we do is centred around making a difference to each individual child who is looked after, including as they approach and enter adulthood via leaving care. Working alongside children and their social worker to achieve permanence for our most vulnerable we are committed to finding safe and secure 'forever homes' and the development of All About Me and Life Journey work for children.

Our workforce tells 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.

This role will enable you to continually develop your skills and knowledge, as well as contribute to the ongoing improvement of the services and support we deliver.

What we're looking for…

We are looking for practitioners who can engage with children and their parents and carers, be reliable and provide stability and ambition for children and their families during the time they are working with us.

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.

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.


Want to ask us a question?

If you would like an informal discussion please contact:

Chloe Herniman, Assistant Team Manager on 01344 354336;


Hannah Morris, Team Manager - Life Chances on 01344 351379;


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.

No agencies please.