Social Worker-Family Safeguarding Uk Sponsorship Available

June 16, 2024
£44.1 - £46.1 / year

Job Description




We have several fantastic chances for social workers to join our Family Safeguarding Team. If you are searching for a friendly, creative, and dynamic working environment that encourages and empowers social work professionals to make a genuine difference for the most vulnerable, we welcome your application.

We give children, young people, and families the right service at the right time. Simply put: we improve people’s lives.

Bracknell Forest Council is the local authority for Bracknell Forest in Berkshire, England. It is a unitary authority, with the council office located in the middle of the lively town centre. Our borough has excellent transport links, including the M4, M3, and M25, as well as the South Western Railway, which is nearby, allowing you to commute to work with ease and free parking. We also provide hybrid working arrangements, with time split between the office and the home.

Bracknell Forest Council has a nationally known practice model called the ‘Family Safeguarding Model’. According to a recent Ofsted report, social workers receive regular, purposeful multi-agency group supervision supported by the service’s social work model. The sharing of facts and perspectives for each professional provides a thorough awareness of the family situation, progress, and the hurdles that prevent families from making the necessary changes. This evaluation informs future casework and interventions.-¬†June 2022

Favouring a relational approach in everything we do, over 80% of our team is permanent, caseloads are manageable, and the Council prioritises ‘you and your family’.

Working together with families to keep them together when it is safe to do so is central to the integrated Family Safeguarding Model, and our approach is based on Motivational Interviewing. This empowers families, children, and young people, allowing parents to make the necessary positive changes to achieve better results for their children and themselves. As a result, parents are encouraged to recognise the adjustments that are needed within their own families in order to achieve better outcomes for their children.

What is it like to work in our team?

We understand that social work, while rewarding, is not often simple. To promote high-quality, consistent social work, we provide a comprehensive learning and development programme led by a committed Principal Social Worker. We offer resilience groups, wellness days and events, group supervision, and peer support.

Ofsted has evaluated us as “outstanding.”In June 2022, Ofsted determined during the inspection

“Children are given the proper support at the right time.”

Overall, Inspectors discovered that social workers and other frontline practitioners benefit from reasonable caseloads, adequate training, and effective and reflective supervision that keeps children at the centre of decision making.

Our teams of qualified social workers and family workers are assisted by specialists in domestic abuse, mental health, and substance abuse, so our families do not have to wait long for much-needed treatments. It’s all here, accessible, and underpinning the planning and work being done to reduce risks, develop family resilience, and enable families to better fulfil the needs of their children. Access to family group conferences and mediation work with families is also provided, which helps all parties involved make decisions and achieve outcomes that are in the best interests of the children.

We provide excellent early intervention services and collaborate with statutory partners and neighbourhood voluntary agencies. Supporting families’ access to these services and support is also part of our daily morale purpose, which is to help families feel safe and confident in their ability to care for their children.

Social workers are enthusiastic about working in Bracknell Forest. Caseloads are reasonable, giving professionals time to connect with children. Employees believe they are valued and have opportunities to advance in their careers as social workers. They feel well supported by managers and leaders, and they, along with senior leaders, have high expectations for the children in their care.

You will receive support to perform the following duties, responsibilities, and training.

  • To detect children’s needs and promote intervention and safeguarding.
  • To collaborate with other professionals and Adult Workers as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Manage a caseload of Child in Need, Child Protection, Care Proceedings, and Children Looked After.
  • Take part in the team duty system, responding to problems as they occur.
  • Make appropriate use of time and be able to prioritise workload, guaranteeing punctuality in visiting, report writing, and other deadlines.
  • As part of individual and group case supervision, work with the Supervisor to establish clear goals and tactics.
  • To contribute to the development and learning of others.

We understand that working in social care can be difficult. Bracknell Children’s Services provides training and reflective coaching to help social workers continue to improve their skills and expertise.

You will receive the following benefits:

  • Generous annual leave starts at 28 days and increases to 33 days after three years of service (pro rata for part-time). With an additional yearly leave buy policy.
  • We provide a hybrid working paradigm to encourage flexible working around personal and family commitments.
  • An inclusive and social working atmosphere with diverse worker networks.
  • Regular possibilities for growth through internal and external training sessions.
  • A fantastic office site near transport links and the redeveloped town centre.
  • Internal sports and social club opportunities.
  • An intensive employee assistance programme (EAP) to promote health and well-being.
  • Memberships to the leisure centre and gym are discounted.
  • Supermarket discounts.
  • Local government pension plan / Life insurance coverage.

What we are looking for

We are searching for passionate, reliable, and motivated social workers who are thrilled about a new way of supporting children and families to join our family safety team. We are seeking social workers who are registered with Social Work England and have completed their ASYE.

You must comprehend and have expertise with permanence/PLO/legal processes, as well as a thorough understanding of what works best for children and families, relevant legislation, and what good looks like in practice.

By applying for a social worker post, you will demonstrate a high level of specialised knowledge of social work practice. Your abilities and competence will allow you to take the initiative in the most complex situations.

If you have chosen social work as a career and are enthusiastic about improving outcomes for children and young people, join us in Family Safeguarding to contribute to a service that collaborates with families to allow long-term change for children.

We are dedicated to protecting and promoting the well-being of children, young people, and families. Applicants should be informed that the position will only be given to successful candidates subject to an upgraded DBS check and other employment clearances.

Interview date

Applications will be shortlisted once received, and if your application is successful, we will give you an interview invitation. As this is a continuing advertisement, we reserve the right to close it early if suitable individuals are identified. To minimise disappointment, you should send your application as soon as possible.

Interviews will be held in person, allowing candidates to meet the team and gain firsthand experience with our workplace. Furthermore, this strategy enables the recruiting manager and team to make contacts with potential team members.

Want to ask us a question?

For a casual conversation or to ask any inquiries regarding this position, please contact:

Contact Donna Barber or Cheryl Perry, Team Managers, at 01344 352020 or and

at more information on working at Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care, visit our microsite

Bracknell Forest values equality, diversity, and inclusion, and we welcome applications from applicants of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, or age. As a Disability Confident Employer, please notify us if you require any changes at any time during the recruiting process by emailing our friendly recruitment staff at

At Bracknell Forest Council, we strive to foster an open, ambitious, and always-learning working culture that fosters wellbeing. We encourage our employees to prioritise their own well-being and support one another, allowing them to be themselves, perform at their best, and provide great care to our residents. The Bracknell Forest Council Wellbeing Network consists of different staff wellbeing support groups; we now have 35 Wellbeing Champions who are all qualified Mental Health First Aiders, a Disability and Neurodiversity Staff Forum, and a Pause for Menopause Open Forum.

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

The Council can reimburse you for your Social Work England registration fees.

Bracknell Forest Council is devoted to protecting and promoting the well-being of children and vulnerable individuals. We expect everyone who works with us to share this commitment. As part of our pre-employment screening procedure, all successful candidates for this position will undergo a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.

We can only accept applications from people who currently reside in the United Kingdom.

Any candidates presently residing in the UK who desire to apply but require sponsorship can assess their chances of receiving a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post by comparing their circumstances to the appropriate criteria.

No agencies, please.

Equal opportunities

Bracknell Forest Council: Working for Equality. We encourage applications from all areas of the community.

How to apply?

Please keep in mind that we will not accept CVs that are not accompanied by a properly completed online application.