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Social Worker/Senior Practitioner - Duty & Assessment
  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB01186
  • Published: Mon 17/10/2022, 3:57 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 28/11/2022, 23:57 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Salary inclusive of £2,000 retention payment per annum after one year of service, market premia, LW and ECU. Up to £8,000 relocation package.
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell , Berkshire

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Social Worker/Senior Practitioner - Duty & Assessment

Join an Outstanding Authority…

Bracknell Forest Council Children's Social Care were graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in June 2022 (ILACS Inspection):

"Leaders lead by example and are available to all staff when needed for case exploration and discussion".

"Children receive the right support at the right time".

Bracknell Forest have transformed our front door services and are inviting you to be part of our future. We have an exciting opportunity to join our Duty & Assessment Team which undertakes the full range of assessments for children, young people and their families referred to Children's Social Care.

If you are looking for a team that is inclusive, ambitious, supportive and always learning, we'd welcome your application to join us.

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. Working collaboratively with families to keep them together, where it is safe to do so, is at the heart of our embedded Family Safeguarding Model and our approach is underpinned by Motivational Interviewing (MI).

What it's like working in our team…

The Duty & Assessment Team predominately undertake child in need assessments (Single Assessments) and child protection assessments (Section 47's) using a range of child and adult tools to enhance our work and to design short, medium or long-term interventions alongside families that make the difference for them and their children.

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

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

We have a comprehensive learning and development package, driven by our Principal Social Worker and a regular offer of resilience groups, well-being events, reflective one to one and group supervisions and peer support. The Duty and Assessment Management Team are experienced and supportive, and the service operates an 'open floor' policy meaning leaders are available, approachable and play an active role in supporting you and your work.

The benefits you will experience are…

  • Flexible working opportunities including working remotely for part of the week
  • Following probation period, an opportunity to take part in a 9-day fortnight trial
  • A comprehensive induction and excellent ongoing training programme
  • Annual retention bonus, market premia and relocation package
  • Funded Social Work England annual registration fee if you are working for us at the point of renewal
  • Generous holiday allowance with the option to buy, sell and bank annual leave
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • An interest free loan for a rail season ticket
  • Access to Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Internal sports and social club opportunities with discounted leisure centre and gym membership
  • Supermarket discount
  • A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre (Lexicon)

What we're looking for…

We are looking for practitioners who can engage with children and their parents, be reliable and provide stability and ambition for children and their families during the time they are working with us.

To be successful, you must have current registration with Social Work England and have experience of working within the legal frameworks that support our work. You must have a commitment to facilitating better outcomes for children, be organised and skilled in effective engagement of families.

If applying for a Senior Practitioner position, you will have a highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice and be able to evidence appropriate continued professional development. Your skills and expertise will enable you to take the lead in complex situations and be able to support others. You will be expected to share up to date research and practice developments working alongside the Principal Social Worker. You will need to understand and have experience of permanence/PLO/ legal processes and an in-depth knowledge of what works for children and families, relevant legislation, and know what good looks like in practice.

Interview date

Interview date: Tuesday 6th December 2022

Application can be via CV and may be shortlisted on receipt and an earlier interview offered at a mutually agreed time.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a full application form.

Want to ask us a question?

If you would like an informal discussion please contact:

James Brophy, Team Manager, Duty & Assessment; 01344 351524 or

For more information on working for Bracknell Forest Children's Social Care visit our micro-site


Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience of working within the current Social Care System and Framework.

Social Work England registration fees can be claimed back from the Council.

Any candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.

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.

No agencies please.