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Social Worker/Senior Practitioner/Assistant Team Manager

Bracknell Forest Council
Social Worker - £34,616 - £39,258 per annum plus £2000 retention payment; Senior Practitioner - £39,491 - £43,878 per annum plus £2000 retention payment; Assistant Team Manager - £42,945 - £46,980 per annum plus £3000 retention payment.
Time Square, Bracknell
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
17/02/2020 at 23:55 PM
Bracknell Forest Council


We have transformed our front door services and are inviting you to be part of our future.

We provide children and families with the right service at the right time.

Our transformation has seen early help triage and our newly formed edge of care pod brought into the front door service area. Our long-term social work teams have successfully embedded the Family Safeguarding Model and we want to replicate these successes in a bespoke and enhanced manner within our Assessment Team.

Because we're Bracknell Forest. 

What it's like working in our team...

We are looking for talented and passionate candidates to join a successful yet ever evolving team in making a positive difference to vulnerable families in Bracknell Forest. We want practitioners to join us in providing a compassionate and safety-first approach to children and families at risk or in need of services.

Our work is diverse and no two days are the same. In our view this makes our service an exciting one to be part of and provides our workers with a broad range of experience. Our department as a whole is leading the way in innovation, and actively seeks out opportunities to do things differently.

The team predominately undertakes child in need assessments (Single Assessments) and child protection assessments (Section 47’s) using a range of child and adult tools to enhance our analyses, to measure change and to design short, medium or long-term interventions.

The team works hard – often under pressure – to ensure children and families receive a timely service. We know that social work at the front door is a demanding and complex job. You will work alongside a team equipped with the tools to build meaningful relationships and make lasting changes for families. We strive to deliver high quality social work through our comprehensive learning and development offer and good reflective supervision and peer support.   

You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…

Social worker/Senior Practitioner:

  • To identify the needs of children and families referred and negotiate delivery of services where appropriate. A large part in this will be to promote listening to children at every opportunity, ensuring their views are heard, recorded and acted upon in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • To work alongside other professionals in assessing children in need and undertaking child protection.
  • To carry a duty caseload of single assessments under S17 and S47 of the Children’s Act. This will include taking part in a weekly duty system (approximately one duty day per week), responding to child protection.
  • Develop SMART safety plans with families and arrange/provide appropriate intervention.
  • To make effective use of time and be able to prioritise alongside your Supervisor, be able to set clear goals and strategies.
  • To develop and maintain accurate case records and comply with the Department’s policies and guidelines.

Assistant Team Manager:

  • To assist the management team with reflective supervision of Social Workers, Family Workers (in line with the supervision policy) and other staff as required, including providing feedback and analysis of performance.
  • To lead on strategy meetings by working together with partner agencies to conclude with safe and proportionate threshold decisions. This includes working in a way that encourages and develops inter-agency co-operation.
  • To challenge and support social workers to strive towards improved performance where possible and if necessary, support them through an improvement programme.
  • To contribute, with management support, to the impartial provision of service in terms of allocation, assessment, care planning and interventions, through supervision and through the organisation of work requested.
  • Ensure assessments of need are well-informed that lead to a high quality and considered analysis.

The benefits you will experience are…

  • Flexible working.
  • Generous holiday allowance.
  • Career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme.
  • Generous relocation allowance.
  • Regular, reflective one to one and group supervisions.
  • Excellent training, including Motivational Interviewing Training, and continuing professional development opportunities.

What we’re looking for…

Someone who brings positivity, energy and enthusiasm.

Additional talent to the team who is equally keen to learn through a high support and high challenge working environment.

Practitioners and managers who have an understanding and ability to embed a holistic approach.

An ability to have strong and open relationships with families, peers and managers. 

Someone who can practice or embed Motivational Interviewing as their practice framework.

The successful candidates will join a newly developed service area, consisting of stable and enthusiastic teams. You will be supported by a well-organised First Contact Team that consists of both early help and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, working closely with a variety of associated partners to ensure appropriate and timely assessment and plans for children.

Interview date...

Interviews for the Assistant Team Manager post will be held on Monday 2nd March. There will be a presentation which we will expect the candidates to prepare. The presentation title will be sent out to the candidates who have been shortlisted at point of invitation to interview.

Interviews for the Social Worker / Senior Practitioner posts will be held on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th March.

Want to ask us a question? 

If you have the skills, vision, enthusiasm and drive we are looking for, and if you want to work for a local authority that values and invests 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

If you would like to meet the team or have an informal discussion contact Julia Mackenzie, Team Manager on 01344 351317 or Andrew Ellery, Head of Service on 01344 351698.

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.


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 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.

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