Social Worker/ Senior Practitioner
We are rolling out and refreshing motivational interviewing training for the whole service; we have a newly formed Under 1’s service; an All About Me project for direct work and we are transforming our Fostering service to better meet the needs of more children looked after.
We are a small and friendly local authority.
The leaders and managers know that it is essential for social care workers to have a secure physical and psychological base from which to be the best workers they can be.
Coaches will be joining us in the new year to assist with the continuous development of group and reflective supervision.
The children and young people we work with have told us they want social workers to:
Be friendly, fun and energetic
Listen respectfully, take action and stick to deadlines
Keep promises, be accessible and on time
If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, and always learning, we’d welcome your application to join us.
Bracknell Forest Council have a nationally recognised practice model – the ‘Family Safeguarding Model’.
During our Focused Inspection Ofsted stated, “Implementation of the chosen social work model provides a collegiate, holistic and dynamic practice environment, allowing social workers to make quick inroads into addressing long-standing parental issues which impact on the experiences and progress of children”, July 2021.
Favouring a relational approach in all that we do caseloads are manageable and caring for ‘you and your family’ is a priority for the Council.
To sustain this culture, we are seeking likeminded professionals to complement our teams.
Working collaboratively with families to keep them together, where it is safe to do so, is at the heart of the embedded Family Safeguarding Model and our approach is underpinned by Motivational Interviewing (MI).
This ensures families, children and young people feel empowered and enables parents to make the positive changes needed, to achieve improved outcomes for their children and their own wellbeing.
Therefore, parents are motivated to identify the changes needed within their own families which results in them achieving better outcomes for children.
What it’s like working in our team…
We know that social work, whilst rewarding, is not always easy.
To support high quality consistent social work, we have a comprehensive learning and development offer, driven by our passionate Principal Social Worker.
We have resilience groups, well-being events, group supervision as well as peer support.
We are graded by Ofsted as “Good with Outstanding features”.
In July 2021, Ofsted identified during the focused visit:
“they have continued to ensure the delivery of high-quality social work practice that has a positive impact on children’s experiences”.
Inspectors found that “social workers and other frontline practitioners benefit from manageable caseloads, good training and powerful and highly reflective supervision that ensures children are at the heart of decision making”.
Our teams of qualified social workers and family workers are co-located with and joint work with specialist officers in domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse, meaning no lengthy waits for much needed services for our families and interventions that help build resilience and mitigate risks.
We have a good early help offer and work in collaboration with statutory partners and voluntary agencies in the community.
Access to family group conferences and mediation work with families is additionally available and supports all involved, to secure decisions and outcomes in children’s best interests.
Our workforce tells us:
There is a supportive and approachable leadership and management team
All teams offer each other good peer support; there is a strong focus on shared problem solving
They feel appreciated and their development is prioritised
Supervision is of high quality, reflective and routinely provided
As we continue our Covid recovery journey and adapt to current developments; our main priority is to provide our workers with a secure physical and psychological base from which to work safely and effectively.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…
To identify the needs of children and promote intervention and safeguarding
To work alongside other professionals and Adult Workers as part of a multi-disciplinary team
To manage a caseload for example of Child in Need, Child Protection, Care Proceedings or Children Looked After
To take part in the team duty system responding to concerns as and when they arise
To make effective use of time and be able to prioritise workload, ensuring timeliness in visiting, report writing and other deadlines
With the Supervisor, be able to set clear goals and strategies as part of individual and group case supervision
To contribute to service development and learning of others
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