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Family Safeguarding Social Workers/Senior Practitioners

Bracknell Forest Council
£32,346 to £41,249 per annum depending on experience including market premia, plus £2,000 per annum key staff retention payment after one year (reviewed bi-annually). £963 per annum essential user car allowance and free parking.
Time Square, Bracknell, Berkshire
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
20/08/2017 at 23:55 PM
Bracknell Forest Council

Major investment secured for a ground-breaking model of working!

Do you have the skills, vision, enthusiasm and drive we are looking for to help establish multi agency teams to provide intensive support to families?

Following a grant from the Department for Education's Innovation Programme Bracknell Forest is rolling out Hertfordshire’s ground-breaking Family Safeguarding model (which achieved a 49% reduction in the number of children with child protection plans) bringing together a co-located, multi-agency team with colleagues specialising in substance misuse, adult mental health, domestic abuse and access to clinical psychologists to address the issues that place children at risk of harm.

As a qualified social worker, you will be working at the forefront of best practice to deliver first class support to vulnerable children and families. This will include managing a complex and diverse caseload. You must have excellent written and verbal skills as you will need to prepare and deliver reports to conferences and court hearings. You will need at least one year’s frontline experience as well as completion of your ASYE and have substantial knowledge of childcare legislation and experience of conducting assessments as well as presenting care plans to conferences and reviews. You must be passionate about working with families to achieve the best outcome and will be a competent and proactive team player to support the smooth running and working of the service.

Located in the South East, Bracknell Forest is a small and friendly unitary authority in Berkshire, just 28 miles west of London, close to Reading and mid-way between the M3 and M4 corridors. It is a diverse area incorporating the best features of town and attractive countryside. Our staff are our greatest asset and you will receive regular supervision; have access to excellent training opportunities and the ability to develop your professional skills and interests.

“Social workers enjoy working for Bracknell Forest. They appreciate the training and clinical supervision that they receive, as well as the availability and support of senior managers.” 

 Ofsted Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers – May 2017.
To find out more about the Family safeguarding model of working contact Mairead Panetta, Head of Service Safeguarding on 01344 351523.   

For more information on working for Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care, a 'Good' authority with 'Outstanding' features visit our micro-site www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/childrenssocialcare

For more information on the Family Safeguarding model visit http://www.hertsfamilysafeguarding.co.uk/

 Interview Date - 30th August 2017


Equal Opportunities

Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

Please apply online (see below).

It is important that you read the Application Pack before you apply for this job. It contains information that you will need to refer to when applying. Not referring to this information is likely to reduce your chances of success.

Bracknell Forest Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. All staff employed by the Council in contact with children or young people must be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken. We take up references for all shortlisted candidates and, wherever possible, apply for these prior to interview.

Find out more about our Children, Young People and Learning Department.

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