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Principal Social Worker - Children's Social Care
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB01145
  • Published: Tue 04/10/2022, 4:23 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 23/10/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £53,671 - £55,678 per annum plus £637 London Weighting (Pay Award Pending)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell

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Principal Social Worker - Children's Social Care

                                            Join an Outstanding Authority…

We have an exciting full-time opportunity to join us as our Principal Social Worker in Childrens Services.

Bracknell Forest Council Children's Social Care were graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in June 2022 (ILACS Inspection):

"Leaders lead by example and are available to all staff when needed for case exploration and discussion".

"Knowledgeable and passionate workers know children they work with very well".

"Children receive the right support at the right time".

If you are passionate about social work and 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 their workforce, we would love to hear from you.

We are a small and friendly local authority. The leaders and managers know that it is essential for social 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).

The role of a PSW has never been more necessary than now, in this post pandemic period. Together we are striving to continue to develop our practice and culture to ensure all children receive a consistently good service and standard of work from a stable and permanent workforce.

The key function of this role is to make a difference to the quality of practice and outcomes for young people, with both a strategic influence and practical impact that enables an environment where good social work can flourish, and children and families benefit.


What it's like working in our team…

Working alongside the leadership team the PSW will have shared responsibility for social work recruitment, retention, leading practice, innovation and the continuous development of social workers including newly qualified social workers, students and apprentices.

Working closely with the Head of Service for Quality Assurance, particularly in relation to safeguarding, direct work and assessment, as well as ensuring there is dissemination of new learning, emerging legislation, audits and practice changes.

This role will also include feedback and co-production with children and families as well as developing and maintaining effective systems for measuring what matters to those individuals. Amplifying the voice of children, assisting with complaints and incident reviews or investigations when required. Leading on the implementation and monitoring of social workers' annual health checks and drive organisational and system improvement in line with the professional standards.


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

Ensure that the learning and development needs of practitioners are supported to improve the quality of practice and that we 'Aspire' in all that we do. These are our ASPIRE priorities:

  • Always respect timeliness
  • Smart impactive planning
  • Purposeful visits to families
  • Impactful, collaborative assessments
  • Reflective supervision
  • Engaging with children - Always ask yourself "what is life like for this child?"


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
  • 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)


What we're looking for…

This is an advanced practitioner role to assist with stimulating and maintaining good practice. Our social work model is the Family Safeguarding Model, whilst no previous experience of practicing the model is necessary (although welcome) candidates should ensure they are clear about the model and be able to support the embedding of its components, Motivational Interviewing, Group Supervision and working in a multi-disciplinary way. We are also keen to hear from applicants who have experience and or an interest in inclusion, equality and diversity.

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

Interview date

Interview date: Monday 31st October 2022

Want to ask us a question?

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact:


Sonia Johnson, Assistant Director, 01344 353132


Kogie Perumall, Head of Quality Assurance, 01344 352767


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.