What we offer you
A modern working environment and supportive practices
The Civic Offices in the heart of Reading provide flexible state-of-the-art facilities.
Our overarching ambition is to build an open and supportive culture where we are committed to providing Research in Practice (RIP) membership, effective supervision, including guaranteed supervision time, achieving safe, manageable caseloads, providing strong, supportive leadership, including listening to all staff and high quality, professional partnerships to support vulnerable children.
In children’s social care we have a dynamic auditing model, ‘Beyond Auditing’, which is highly valued by frontline workers and managers. In addition to seeking and sharing views on the findings of audits, the model includes live coaching and reflection with social workers and managers on their work with children and families.
We are committed to helping our staff balance work and home life by offering an agile way of working.
You may want to avoid peak travel times, care for an elderly relative, extend your UK holiday, watch your child in the school play or work outside of Reading. You may choose to base yourself at home most days with occasional visits to the office, or you may want to work from a café or other location. We encourage our staff to work in an agile way which works for them and for the company.
To us, agile working is about give and take. We expect everybody to take responsibility for ensuring their work is completed on time and to high standards. We know that at times, staff will put in extra effort to get the job done, so we will do what we can to help them balance their home demands with work.
Our main aim is to deliver the best possible opportunities for the children of Reading. The goal of agile working is to create a responsive, efficient and effective organisation based on more balanced, motivated, innovative and productive teams and individuals.
Brighter Futures for Children is a fostering friendly employer
As a Fostering Friendly employer Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) is able to give it’s staff who foster children and young people extra support.
BFfC launched the scheme, which is accredited by The Fostering Network, in recognition of the valuable contribution foster carers make to our society and especially the lives of children in care in Reading.
Brighter Futures for Children has its own Independent Fostering Agency and is actively seeking foster carers from within Reading.
If you’d like to know more about fostering visit www.readingfostering.co.uk
We have a number of pool cars available for use by staff who need to make regular visits or attend appointments outside of the office.
We offer staff discounts in shops, restaurants, on services and online through the Vectis scheme.
Trains, buses and bicycles
We are located in the centre of Reading just outside the Oracle shopping centre and within easy reach of the main Reading Train Station (10 mins walk). Buses to Reading town centre are plentiful and there are bicycle racks right outside the front door. We have a bike scheme where you can buy or hire a new bike via salary sacrifice and we offer staff season ticket loans and discounted travel with Reading Buses.
We offer a generous holiday entitlement – a minimum of 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 32 after 10 years’ service.
We provide a range of family-friendly provisions including maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave. We also recognise that you may have caring responsibilities for other dependants and provide other leave in addition to career breaks.
Kennet Day Nursery is Reading Borough Council’s workplace day nursery situated in the Civic Offices. The nursery is easily accessible by car, train or bus.
Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Kennet offers high quality day care for children aged 3 months to 5 years. The nursery is open to children who have a parent or guardian who works for Brighter Futures for Children.
The nursery is open from 8am – 6pm and offers full and part time sessions with a minimum of 3 sessions per week. Demand for a place at the nursery is very high so it is strongly recommended that you place your name on the waiting list at the earliest possible time.
Kennet accepts all childcare vouchers and offers 30 hours funding to eligible families stretched across the full year.
For more information please contact the Nursery Manager on: 0118 937 2509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer childcare vouchers which you can use to pay for childcare from 0-16 years, plus ‘Reading rates’ for play clubs/schemes.
Health and wellbeing
Our Employee Assistance Programme offers advice on issues such as consumer and statutory rights, state benefits, landlord and tenant problems, dealing with noisy neighbours or tackling debt. The programme is available to all staff and provides telephone access to a range of advice, information and personal support including counselling and dealing with stress, relationship problems, bereavement or improving your assertiveness skills.
We have a health and wellbeing programme and take an active part in the Healthy Workplace Challenge. We also have ample cycle facilities including lockers, showers and drying facilities at the Civic Offices.
We also have a Staff Club that runs a range of social events including pub quizzes and theatre trips. Staff also enjoy discounts at many local leisure venues and retail outlets.
You will have access to the Local Government Pension Scheme which will provide you with an income in retirement, payable for life and may give your loved ones financial security in the event of your death or ill health. Our scheme is known as a Defined Benefit pension scheme. The benefits you build up are based on a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) basis. It is a very secure scheme because the benefits are set out in law. This means that your pension earned each year is based on your actual pensionable pay received in each scheme year (1 April to 31 March) and not on the contributions you pay.
You will be admitted to the Scheme automatically from your first day of employment. You pay in a percentage of your salary and we will also pay a percentage depending on your salary level. You can also opt to pay in Additional Voluntary Contributions to improve your pension. You will get death in service benefit to the value of three times your salary and have access to a Credit Union.