Family Safeguarding, Keeping Families Together.
An exciting opportunity to lead within the Family Safeguarding Team, working within a pioneering practice model, encompassing more time with children and families.
Monthly Group & Individual Supervision.
Working alongside Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Domestic Abuse workers as a multi-disciplinary team.
Training in motivational interviewing.
Good quality laptop, phone and access to remote working.
Results from this practice model have seen reduction in children entering care, child protection plans and promotes lasting change.
In 2017 Bracknell Forest in partnership with the DfE and Innovation Project implemented the Family Safeguarding Model, developed by Hertfordshire Council in 2014. This involves social workers working alongside adult workers, including domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health professionals who are co-located amongst the service. The implementation of Motivational Interviewing, Parenting Programmes, summary recording and Group Case Supervision has enabled children’s social workers to spend more time with children and their families and improving outcomes.
Headline Figures from Family Safeguarding (2019):
27% reduction in Care Proceedings each month
19% reduction in Child Protection Plans
50% reduction in children becoming Looked After
37% reduction in the number of long term Child Protection Plans
What it’s like working in our team…
We are a team who works closely together to make sure we are providing the best support to children & families.
Managers at all levels are accessible and are located in the same office space, Team Managers and Assistant Team Managers sit with their teams.
Colleagues support each other, there is a strong focus on shared problem solving.
Getting quick access to domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health professionals without the need for lengthy referral forms.
Supervision is a priority, both case based and personal supervision occurs for each worker, each month.
Recording methods are streamlined and ensure that time spent recording case records is reduced.
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, with a brand-new town centre.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…
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 professional meetings, reviews and in care proceedings, 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 informal or formal improvement programmes. To work within and promote a high support, high challenge environment.
To contribute through your management support, to the impartial provision of service in terms of allocation, assessment, care planning and interventions, through supervision and day to day interactions with staff.
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 including working remotely
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
- Local Government pension scheme.
- Internal sports and social club opportunities.
- Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
- An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.
- Access to Cycle to Work.
What we’re looking for…
A skilled assistant team manager or practitioner who understands the demands of the role and the need to work with others to drive change and implement planning to achieve great outcomes for children.
Interview date to be confirmed.
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role. Please contact:
If you have the skills, vision, enthusiasm and drive we are looking for, and if you want to work for a local authority that value and invest 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 Alan Guest, 01344 351457, email@example.com
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.