Are you passionate about supporting Children and Young People?
The Children Looked After Team is committed to improving outcomes for those children in our care. We are looking for individuals who will share our commitment and who are organised, energetic and skilled in communicating with children and young people.
Because we’re Bracknell Forest Council…
Below are a few quotes from our OFSTED inspection report showing how we value our Children looked after and the staff who work with them:
‘Children looked after, adopted children and young people leaving care in Bracknell Forest receive outstanding care and support. They all benefit from teams of highly committed, ambitious and determined professionals who work extremely well together, helping children to remain safe and achieve in life.’
“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).
This is what one of our Children Looked After said about their hopes for their social worker:
‘I want someone who will listen to me and make a difference.’
What it’s like working for our team…
The CLA Team is a great team to work in with a shared ethos, mutually supportive and a positive team dynamic. We ensure monthly time for reflective team supervision and work with others across the service to draw on specialist knowledge and support.
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.
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
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities, and training...
You will hold a case load of looked after children and young people and will be required to fulfil statutory duties on behalf of the service. The post involves completing life journey & direct work with children and young people as well as general case management duties.
The roles will involve driving and transporting children so having your own vehicle is essential and occasional out of hours working is necessary. You will be provided with a laptop and a mobile phone.
The benefits you will experience are…
- Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.
- Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme.
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre (The Lexicon).
- Internal sports and social club opportunities.
- Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
- An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.
What we're looking for...
Qualified Social Workers with current Social Work England registration and the necessary drive and enthusiasm to work in our team.
Interviews will be held on:
Interview date is to be confirmed.
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role please contact:
- Chloe Herniman (Assistant Team Manager, CLA Team) on 01344 354336 or
- Clare Glennerster (Team Manager, Life Chances Service) on 01344 351566.
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.
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 adults at risk and expects all staff to share this commitment. All staff employed by the Council in contact with children and adults at risk 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.