Brighter Futures for Children
Brighter Futures for Children is an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services to children and families in Reading.
About the Team/role
We currently have vacancies for qualified social workers. We believe that relational social work makes a difference in children, young people and families’ lives and therefore recreated generic teams, that focus on direct work with children, young people and families.
Together for Families (TFF) Service is an exciting new development for Brighter Futures for Children and has been introduced in order to improve services for children in Reading, and to help achieve the vision that is to help every child have a happy, healthy and successful life. Further to this, our service pay credence to the five underlying principles of trauma informed practice - safety, choice, empowerment, trust and collaboration.
There are 4 x Together for Families Teams within the Service, who will work with children during S.17 (Children Act, 1989) single assessments, S.47 child protection investigations, as well as working with children subject to CIN Plans, CP Plans and CLA. The expectation for all social workers within the TFFs is that children will remain allocated with their social worker for the duration of the child’s case being open for CIN/CP support. This is to ensure the relational-based social work practice that is one of the key aims of the BFfC practice model, with much fewer transitions for children and their families. Support to families in the Service will also be provided via evidence informed and timely programme of support delivered via Family Support Workers and specialist adult practitioners in mental health and substance use – with the aim to ensure an effective trauma informed ‘whole family’ response to needs and risk for children.
There are numerous opportunities for training and development at BFfC and we have secured excellent training for all our staff through Research in Practice and established a sound partnership with the NSPCC. We value our staff and want to support them in their progression with us.
Registered with Social Work England
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to be creative and focus on innovative and ambitious interventions that leads to sustainable change for families. We are kind, friendly, collaborative and value driven.
We have high expectations for our children and young people and work in a relational, child-centred manner to achieve the greatest impact in children’s lives.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
Local Government Pension Scheme
25 days holiday plus public holidays (rising to 32 after 10 years’ service)
Discounted Child Care (on site nursery)
Cycle to work scheme
Season ticket loans
A range of local discounts
For more information and a confidential discussion about the role please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications is 10th October 2022
Interview Date – to be confirmed
We look forward to hearing from you!