We provide children, young people and families with the right service at the right time. Put simply, we change lives for the better.
We’re empowering children with disabilities and their families to live safer, happier lives.
We want to help our most vulnerable children and their families to get their lives firmly on track. It’s why our workers and managers have the time to get to know everyone they work with. We do what we think should be done, not just what needs to be done. There’ll always be room for your ideas here. You’ll have the opportunity to learn, develop and progress as a manager, and to support your team members to do the same. We have strong teams and excellent relationships. Put simply, this is your chance to contribute to changing the lives of children in need of specialist support for the better.
The Children’s Specialist Support Team provides a range of services for children with additional needs and those who are assessed to have additional vulnerability. This includes the Council’s statutory responsibilities for disabled Children in Need in the community (including care packages and respite support) as well as those in need of protection and subject to child protection plans. This can involve working within Public Law Outline, family court proceedings and working with Children Looked After and is therefore an area of considerable risk, complexity, and responsibility.
Because we’re Bracknell Forest.
What it’s like working in our team…
The Children’s Specialist Support Team is a highly skilled team working with children who have disabilities and/or complex health needs. We are an experienced, friendly and supportive team who focus on ensuring that children are at the centre of all we do.
The multi-professional team includes Social Workers, Family Workers, an Intensive Behaviour Support Specialist, an Occupational Therapist, a Short Breaks Co-Ordinator, and Access to Records Workers. There is an effective leadership team, who support managers in ensuring caseloads are manageable, providing regular, high quality supervision, and ensuring personalised career progression and access to specialist training.
The team is well integrated with local partners and receives positive feedback from children and their families.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…
- To manage the delivery and performance of the Children’s Specialist Support Team, including recruitment/retention, workload allocation and management, induction and development of staff, performance management and succession planning
- To promote and support the Council’s policies and procedures for safeguarding, ensuring children are at the centre of all decisions, and the social model of disability is respected in all work.
- To ensure arrangements for regular engagement/participation with children and young people, parents and carers by all staff within the service and to lead on investigations and response to complaints from service users/relatives/carers.
- To develop and maintain effective internal and external working relationships, ensuring a positive working culture within the team, and working collaboratively with multi-agency partners, including chairing reviews, planning meetings, strategy discussions and other professional/network meetings.
- Work alongside the Team Manager to authorise and manage expenditures within prescribed delegated budget, contribute to resource planning for the wider service area, monitor and evaluate contracts supporting packages and care with specific focus on joint commissioning.
The benefits you will experience are…
- Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.
- An inclusive and social working environment.
- Flexible working opportunities.
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
- Internal sports and social club opportunities.
- Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
- An opportunity to buy and/or sell annual leave.
- A range of travel benefits.
What we’re looking for…
If you are looking for a social work Assistant Team Manager role and are passionate about improving outcomes for the children and young people of our future then join us.
Our ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, reliable and passionate about safeguarding children with disabilities. They will be committed to the principles of participatory practice, and an effective communicator who can engage with families in assessment and planning, work in partnership with others, and effectively manage their team members to improve outcomes for children with disabilities and their families.
They will have recent supervisory/management experience and a proven track record of leading a team to deliver, with strong organisational skills, a solution focused approach, and the ability to work creatively and flexibly to ensure work is prioritised.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 21st July 2021
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role. Please contact:
Head of Service – Children’s Specialist Support
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.