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Supervising Social Worker/Senior Practitioner

Bracknell Forest Council
£18,021.89 - £23,602.50 per annum with a bar at £20,553.44, plus 11.5% Market Premium up to £20,553.44 and 9% from £34,788, plus £370.34 London Weighting, £963 Essential Car User Allowance
Time Square, Bracknell
Working Pattern:
Part Time
22.5 hours per week. 3 weekdays per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
11/08/2020 at 23:55 PM
Bracknell Forest Council


We found Sam a foster family. Now he’s finding his feet.

We want to help our most vulnerable residents to get their lives firmly on track. It’s why our social workers have the time to get to know everyone they work with. We’re working towards protected caseloads. And we do what we think should be done, not just what needs to be done. Put simply, we change lives for the better. Because we’re Bracknell Forest

What it’s like working in our team…

The Family Placement Team is a small but very supportive team. The work we do can be challenging and we understand the importance of peer support and advice. We work closely together and alongside the children’s social workers to ensure that we are providing the best support to our vulnerable children.

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

  • To supervise, support and challenge Bracknell Forest Foster Carers to ensure that our vulnerable children are cared for to a high standard and by people who are focussed on achieving positive outcomes.
  • To support the recruitment and assessment process of Foster Carers to enable more of our vulnerable children to be placed in local placements, near to their family and friends.
  • To work with the child’s social worker to achieve permanence for the children, whether this be through long term fostering or special guardianship

The benefits you will experience are…

  • A comprehensive induction and excellent ongoing training programme.
  • Range of benefit choices including buying & selling annual leave, shopping vouchers and reduced gym membership.
  • Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.
  • An inclusive and social working environment.
  • Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme.
  • A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
  • Internal sports and social club opportunities.
  • An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.

 What we’re looking for…

We are seeking an experienced Social Work England registered social worker with good assessment and analytical skills, and experience in completing Form F, Special Guardianship and Connected Person assessments. You will have a sound knowledge of relevant child care legislation, good report writing and oral communication skills and the ability to work to court and Fostering Panel timescales. You will be able to work well with professionals and have the drive to provide a quality service for children, young people and their families.

Interview date

Interviews will be held on 13/08/2020.

Want to ask us a question?

For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role.  Please contact:

If you would like to know more about this excellent opportunity please contact Peter Hodges, Life Chances Head of Service or Sam Howard, Assistant Team Manager on 01344 352020.

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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