1 year fixed term contract
Bracknell Forest is continually improving the response to children who are at risk of exploitation and/or go missing. This is a new role designed to provide additional capacity in the prevention and reduction of danger/harm to children and young people who are at risk of Child Exploitation and/or go missing.
Focused areas of work:
- Child sexual exploitation and abuse, including online cyber abuse
- Criminal exploitation, including County Lines (Drugs)
- Children who are missing from home or care
- Modern slavery and human traffickingThe successful candidate will lead and manage a small Children’s Social Care team working in close partnership with Thames Valley Police’s Stronghold team, Health, Education and other relevant multi agency partners. This team is pivotal to our organisation and supports social workers who respond to children who may be vulnerable or at risk. You will play a crucial role, supporting and advising staff at all levels; interpreting and communicating feedback data and providing an important, positive interface for the practitioners, in a multi-agency environment. You must understand the relevant legislation, the importance of early help and child protection practice and processes.This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with experience of working in adolescent child protection and exploitation and managing a team. The role is key in planning and improving services for children and the post holder will play a vital role, both individually as well as leading the team in raising the awareness of professionals and communities about Child Exploitation and how to reduce it. More broadly, you will be required to play a key role in planning and implementing service development and improvements to meet local and national priorities Ofsted recently inspected Bracknell Forest Children’ Services with an outcome of ‘good’ with ‘outstanding features’. Inspectors found that workers “spend time getting to know children and find imaginative ways to make sure they understand their views and lived experiences”. The successful candidate will have access to:
- You will be joining an experienced and stable Children’s Social Care Team that is innovative and creative in engaging children at risk of exploitation. Your role will be to ensure that children are provided with personalised, strength-based and creative interventions at the right time and at the right place that has a positive impact on their safety.
- Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
- Tools and models to support practice, including Motivational Interviewing and Signs of Safety
- Regular and reflective supervision from an experienced management team
For an informal discussion please contact Sonia Johnson on 01344 353132 or Lou Richer, Team Manager on 01344 353112
Visit our micro-site www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/childrenssocialcare to meet some of our current staff and find out more about working for Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care
Interview Date: TBC
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.