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Social Worker/Senior Practitioner, Referral & Assessment Team

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. Relocation/mortgage
Time Square, Bracknell, Berkshire
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
20/08/2017 at 22:55 PM
Bracknell Forest Council

Join an authority assessesed as 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features by Ofsted.

'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.

We are looking for a qualified social worker to join our busy Referral and Assessment Team. The role will incorporate time spent in the Referral and Assessment Team (the Duty team) and a place on the rota of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

The Duty team is busy and supportive undertaking both Single Assessments under Child in Need and Child Protection enquiries on new referrals into Children’s Social Care. The Team performs at a high level, with supportive management and a staff team that are enthusiastic and committed to the children they work with and to raising standards of practice.

Bracknell Forest MASH is the single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people living in Bracknell and brings together a team of professionals from a number of partner agencies. Within the MASH, information from partner agencies is collated to assess risk and decide what action to take. A primary function of the social worker role is to assist in managing contacts and identify any child protection concerns, liaise with professionals, family members and undertake confidential MASH enquiries.

Bracknell Forest has recently been awarded DfE Innovation funding to implement Hertfordshire County Council’s successful Family Safeguarding model, which achieved a 49 per cent reduction in the number of children with child protection plans. The funding will broaden the range of professionals available to provide a holistic, family-centred approach to social care. Adult and children’s social care teams will work together to deliver the right support for a family more quickly, therefore possibly reducing the need for more serious interventions.

You will be committed to safeguarding and improving outcomes for children and bring a sound knowledge of relevant child care legislation, good report writing skills, communication skills and an ability to relate to children, young people and their families. 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.

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.

If you have the skills, vision, enthusiasm and drive we are looking for, and if you want to work for a local authority that value and invest in staff, we would love to hear from you.

For more information on working for Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care visit our micro-site www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/childrenssocialcare

For further details please see the application pack below and for an informal discussion, please contact Hannah Morris Team Manager on 01344 351530.

Interview Date - 1st September 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.

Further information on this vacancy

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