Social Worker Uk Sponsorship Available

June 27, 2024
£44.1 - £46.1 / year

Job Description




We found Sam a foster family. He is now finding his feet.

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

We have exciting possibilities with our Family Placement Team for individuals who share our commitment to improve outcomes for the children in our care for up to a year to cover maternity leave.

Any successful internal candidate will be offered the post on a secondment basis and, according to Section 8.1 of the Secondment Policy, must communicate with their manager before applying.

Bracknell Forest Council has a nationally known practice model called the ‘Family Safeguarding Model’. According to a July 2021 Focused Inspection by Ofsted, the chosen social work model fosters a collaborative, holistic, and dynamic practice environment, enabling social workers to quickly address long-standing parental issues that affect children’s experiences and progress.

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.

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’.

We encourage relationship-based practice and more time with children and families, so if you have chosen social work as a career and are passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people, please join us to contribute to a service that works with families to enable long-term change for children.

This is an opportunity to join a Local Authority that was graded by OFSTED as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features in the last inspection of services for children in need of aid and protection, children looked after, and care leavers in May 2017.

‘Children in care, adopted children, and young people leaving care in Bracknell Forest receive excellent care and support. They all benefit from teams of highly motivated, ambitious, and determined professionals that collaborate incredibly well, ensuring children’s safety and success in life.

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.

Bracknell Forest provides a welcoming, innovative, and dynamic working environment that allows social workers to make a significant difference for the most vulnerable.

Because we are Bracknell Forest…

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. Each team receives dedicated administrative support.

The Family Placement Team is a tiny but incredibly supportive group. We recognise the value of peer assistance and advice in our work, which can be tough.

We collaborate closely with children’s social workers to ensure that our most vulnerable children receive the best possible care.

Our social workers have time to get to know everyone they deal with, good support from managers and colleagues within the department, and expert advice when they need it.

As we continue on our Covid recovery journey, our first aim is to give our employees with a stable physical and psychological foundation from which to operate safely and efficiently.

Our workers tell us:

  • There is a supportive and approachable leadership and management group.
  • All teams provide positive peer support to one another, and there is a heavy emphasis on collaborative problem solving.
  • They feel valued, and their growth is prioritised.
  • High-quality, reflective supervision is offered on a regular basis.

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

  • To supervise, support, and challenge social workers, senior practitioners, and family workers so that they can adequately support foster carers and young people.
  • To assist with the recruitment and assessment of Foster Carers so that more of our vulnerable children can be placed in local placements close to their family and friends.
  • To collaborate with the child’s social worker to establish permanence for the children, whether through long-term fostering or special guardianship.

The role will allow you to continue expand your skills and expertise while also contributing to the ongoing improvement of the services and assistance we provide.

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

The children and young people we work with have informed us that social workers should:

  • Be personable, entertaining, and energetic.
  • Listen respectfully, take action, and adhere to deadlines.
  • Keep your promises, be approachable, and on time.


We are seeking seasoned practitioners who are talented, committed, and dependable. You will be registered with Social Work England, have experience working within the legal frameworks that enable our work, have strong assessment and analytical abilities, and have completed Form F, Special Guardianship, and Connected Person Assessments.

You will have a thorough understanding of applicable child care legislation, excellent report writing and oral communication skills, and the capacity to operate within court and Fostering Panel deadlines.

As a team, we are looking for practitioners who share our dedication to improving child outcomes, as well as those who are organised and adept at engaging families effectively.

If you have the skills, expertise, experience, and enthusiasm we seek, and you want to work for a local government that values and invests in its employees, we would want to hear from you.

Interview date

Interviews will be held on Monday, July 22, 2024.

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.

We will assess applications on a regular basis and have the right to close the advertisement early if appropriate applicants are identified. To minimise disappointment, you should send your application as soon as possible.

Want to ask us a question?

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

Contact Sam Howard, Team Manager, Family Placement Team at 01344 351658.

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.

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.

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.

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.