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Social Worker (Ukraine families)
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB00889
  • Published: Fri 05/08/2022, 2:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 21/08/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £38,147 to £43,000 per annum inclusive of 11.5% Market Premia, £637 London Weighting, £963 Essential Car User and £2,000 retention bonus payable following 12 months in post (if applicable)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell

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Social Worker (Ukraine families)

This is a unique social work opportunity to be part of Bracknell Forest's multi-agency approach to ensuring our authority is hosting families and children from Ukraine safely.


"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.


Previous experience of work with unaccompanied minors, refugees, or knowledge and experience of Ukraine culture, and or ability to speak Ukrainian would be very welcome but not essential. What is essential is that you have a passion for providing good quality social work to children and families, that is aspirational for children and empowers recovery, enabling families to stay together where it is safe to do so.


We are a small and friendly local authority. The leaders and managers know that it is vital for social care workers to have a secure physical and psychological base from which to be the best workers they can be. As we continue our Covid recovery journey; our main priority is to provide our workers with a secure physical and psychological base from which to work safely and effectively.


If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we'd welcome your application to join us. Initially funding is only available for the first 12 months, after which time this post will then transfer into a social work role within one of our service areas, unless there is still demand to support Ukrainian families.


Bracknell Forest Council have a nationally recognised practice model - the 'Family Safeguarding Model'. During our Focused Inspection Ofsted stated, "Implementation of the chosen social work model provides a collegiate, holistic and dynamic practice environment, allowing social workers to make quick inroads into addressing long-standing parental issues which impact on the experiences and progress of children", July 2021.


Favouring a relational approach in all that we do caseloads are manageable and caring for 'you and your family' is a priority for the Council. To sustain this culture, we are seeking likeminded professionals to complement our teams.


What it's like working in our team…


We know that social work, whilst rewarding, is not always easy. To support 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, group supervision as well as peer support.


Our teams of qualified social workers and family workers are co-located with and joint worked by specialist officers in domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse, meaning no lengthy waits for much needed services for our families. It is all here, accessible and underpinning the planning and work being delivered to mitigate against risks, build resilience in families and enable families to meet their own children's needs more effectively. Access to family group conferences and mediation work with families is additionally available and supports all involved, to secure decisions and outcomes in children's best interests.


We have a good early help offer and work in collaboration with statutory partners and voluntary agencies in the community. Supporting families to access these services and support is also part of our daily morale purpose to enable families to secure safety and confidence in their own abilities to look after their 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…

The role will work across the service from the point of referral for a child or family from Ukraine.

The work will be a combination of consultation, support and advice, Single Assessments, Section 47’s, Private Fostering Assessments and outcome planned support.  Some of the work will be short term and some may involve longer term case holding.  

Whilst this group of children are with us, we aim to provide consistent social work which will support stability for the child and in turn will help to develop expertise in the work.  The post holder will also work closely with schools and the Early Help Service.  

It is impossible to predict how much work will be needed at any one time therefore the role is likely to fluctuate in capacity.  Any additional capacity within the first 12 months will be used for similar work within our teams but may not be specifically for Ukrainian children and families. 

The benefits you will experience are…

  • A comprehensive induction and excellent ongoing training programme
  • Regular, reflective one to one and group supervisions
  • Funded Social Work England annual registration fee if you are working for us at the point of renewal
  • 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)
  • Flexible working opportunities including working remotely

What we’re looking for…

We are seeking a Social Worker to join us in Children’s Social Care, who has an interest in working with children and families who are arriving from or have recently arrived from Ukraine. 

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. 

This role is for a qualified social worker that has current registration with Social Work England and 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.

Interview date

Interview date:  Wednesday 30th August 2022.

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

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.

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.