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Thank you for your interest in working with us. Whether you’re an experienced practitioner, a newly qualified social worker, or you’re looking for a support services role, you’ll be able to develop your career in a great working environment with us in Reading.

Please note, we guarantee all Reading care leavers an interview if they meet the basic selection criteria for a vacancy. Please let us know as part of your application.

Apart from our executive roles, our vacancies are advertised on Jobs Go Public and on Total Jobs. The recruitment process is handled for us by our parent company, Reading Borough Council.

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Current Vacancies

Full time, permanent
Salary: £44,648 to £49,418 pa depending on experience (Includes £8,000 Market Supplement)
Closing date: 7 April 2024
Interview date: To be confirmed

An opportunity has arisen to join the Children Looked After team at Brighter Futures for Children. The team consists of seven social workers, an Assistant Team Manager and Team Manager, who are committed to ensuring the children they serve achieve the best outcomes.

The team is focused on being a trauma informed service and social workers are always encouraged to learn and develop their skills to be the best they can for our children and young people in Reading.

If you think you might enjoy working at Brighter Futures for Children, you share our values and have a social work qualification and current professional social work registration with Social Work England, then we would really like to hear from you.

For any query or informal discussion, please feel free to contact hiring manager – Matthew Hearn on Matthew.Hearn@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Full time, permanent
Salary: £36,648 – £39,186 per annum
Closing date: 14 April 2024
Interview dates: 29 April 9.30am – 1pm or or 30 April 9.30am – 1pm

The position of SEN Case Officer is to co-ordinate Education, Health and Care (EHC) Assessments and plans for a caseload of children and young people (CYP) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), leading to high quality outcome focused EHC Plans and working in collaboration with families and professionals throughout the process.

The job holder will lead and co-ordinate the casework required to meet Brighter Futures for Children’s (BFfC) statutory duties such as phased transfers, to ceasing, initiating, processing and maintaining EHC plans for Children and young people between the ages of 0 – 25 years old.

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact hiring manager, Maggie Buckley on Maggie.Buckley@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Full time, permanent
Salary: £44,648 – £49,418 pa (includes £8,000 Annual Market Supplement)
Closing date: 28 April 2024
Interview dates: To be confirmed

We currently have a vacancy for a case-holding, experienced social worker. We believe that relationship-based social work makes a difference in children, young people and families’ lives and our generic teams focus on direct work with children, young people and families.

Our Together for Families (TfF) service is an exciting development for Brighter Futures for Children and has been introduced to allow children and families to benefit from the continuity of only one social worker.

There are numerous opportunities for training and development at BFfC. We have secured excellent training for all our staff through Research in Practice and established a sound partnership with the NSPCC.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Full-time, Permanent post
Salary: £41,418 – £47,420 Per annum
Closing date: 21 April 2024
Interview date: week of 29 April
Job reference: BFC0720

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the Conference, Review and Participation Service as a Participation Officer. This is a dynamic and strategic role and it involves working directly with children and young people, supporting participation groups, coordinating activities and specific projects such as celebration events, advocacy and training.
This role is at the heart of hearing children’s voices, shaping services and promoting engagement and participation. This includes children open to Children Social Care such as children subject to Child Protection Plans, children in care and care experienced young adults.

For more information and a confidential discussion, please contact Otilia Broadhurst – Service Manager Reviewing, Conferencing & LADO via email Otilia.Broadhurst@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Full time, Fixed term contract until 31 March 2025
Salary: £25,979 – £31,364 per annum
Closing date: 14 April 2024
Interview date: 30 April and 1 May 2024
Job reference: BFC0719

In line with the Government’s priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people in educational settings.

EMHPs play a key role as members of the Mental Health Support Teams (MHST).  The MHST delivers services to children, young people, their families and school staff via a combination of face-to-face visits to schools and also remotely via telephone and video calls.

Assistant EMHPs will play a key role as members of the Mental Health Support Teams.  The role will include, although not limited to, working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers through group work, workshops, assemblies, delivery of training and coffee mornings to support self-management of mild to moderate mental health needs. 

Applicants will also be expected to work with colleagues to support the Whole School Approach to mental health within education settings.

For more information about these roles or for an informal discussion please contact: Kayleigh Henry on 07825 800 175 or Claire Thomas on 07970 725 086 or via email on  MHST@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Full-time, permanent post
Salary: £25,979 – £31,364 per annum
Closing date: 21 April 2024
Interview date: To be confirmed
Job reference: BFC0717

The Lodge Day Nursery is a busy, popular, and well-established nursery providing high quality, affordable and funded childcare to local families in the west of Reading.

The nursery is set out over three rooms which connect to a private garden space. Our local community is diverse with children attending our setting from a range of different backgrounds and with many different languages represented. Our practitioners are completely focused on ensuring that all children achieve and have an equal chance of success in an environment which is inclusive, inspiring and nurturing.

The children are very important and so is our team. We work closely with our practitioners to ensure that they continue to learn, develop, and share good practices.

We are currently looking for a Room Leader who can be responsible for the day to day management of our Inventors room and ensure a high quality, inclusive, sustainable service where parents, partners and the team are ambitious for the children and completely focused on their wellbeing and success.

For further information and to arrange a visit to the nursery please contact: Layla Littlewood, Nursery Manager at Layla.Littlewood@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Level 2 or Level 3 Early Years Practitioner X 2 posts
The Lodge Day Nursery at Southcote Children’s Centre
Full time, Permanent post
Salary:
£23,500 – £25,979 per annum
Closing date: 21/04/2024
Interview date: To be confirmed

We currently have an opportunity for you to join our fabulous team at The Lodge Day Nursery as qualified Level 2 and/or Level 3 Early Years Practitioner.

The Lodge Nursery at Southcote is a 48-place day nursery providing day care and sessional care for children 18 months to 5-year-olds. Due to expansion, we are looking for a passionate and motivated Level 2/or Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioners.

You will have the privilege of working with the most amazing children and passionate staff within the nursery and part of Brighter Futures for children.

Our practice is underpinned by the value we place on working collaboratively with families with a systemic, holistic whole-family approach to support them in finding their own solutions and building on their strengths.

The children are very important and so is our team. We work closely with our practitioners to ensure that they continue to learn, develop, and share good practices.

For further information and to arrange a visit to the nursery please contact: Layla Littlewood, Nursery Manager at Layla.Littlewood@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Full-time, permanent post
Salary: £25,979 – £31,364 per annum
Closing date: 19 April 2024
Interview date:  To be confirmed
Job reference: BFC0716

This is an exciting opportunity for you to work as an Assistant Performance Analyst within the Performance and Data Team. The postholder will support and promote the effective use of data to support the service offerings of Brighter Futures for Children with a focus on Children’s Social Care and Early Help.

You will be responsible for improving and maintaining the quality of the associated data, liaising with service colleagues to increase awareness of internal processes and best practice, data monitoring and cleansing, and the effective use of our tools and reporting to highlight and resolve data issues.

For any query or informal discussion about the role, please feel free to contact hiring manager Fiona Dziewulski (Performance and Data Lead) on fiona.dziewulski@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Open adverts

Full Time, Permanent post
Salary:  £44,648 – £49,418 per annum (includes £8000 annual market supplement)
Welcome payment: £5000 (after successful 6-month probationary period)
Loyalty payments: £3000 at both 12 and 24 months


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We currently have vacancies for case-holding, experienced social workers. We believe that relationship-based social work makes a difference in children, young people and families’ lives and our generic teams focus on direct work with children, young people and families.

Our Together for Families (TfF) service is an exciting development for Brighter Futures for Children and has been introduced to allow children and families to benefit from the continuity of only one social worker.  The benefit for social workers is lower caseloads and an environment that makes relationship-based social work flourish.

Our Together for Families teams work with children during S.17 (Children Act, 1989) single assessments, S.47 child protection investigations, as well as working with children subject to Child In Need Plans, Child Protection Plans, pre-proceedings, proceedings and those becoming looked after.

Support to families is also provided through our evidence-informed and timely programme of support delivered via family support workers and specialist adult practitioners in mental health and substance use. The aim is 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. 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.

For a limited time (until 31 March 2024) we are offering an additional welcome payment to eligible social workers joining one of our TfF teams and, from 1 April 2023, we are also offering loyalty payments at 12 and 24 months.

We are doing this to strengthen our teams and ensure children and young people get the continuity and stability they deserve. It’s testament to us, the way that we work and the supportive environment we encourage that our permanent social workers stay with us and some agency staff are converting, but we want more of our social workers to join us on a permanent basis.

If you think you might enjoy working at Brighter Futures for Children, you share our values, you have a social work qualification and current professional social work registration with Social Work England, then we would really like to hear from you.

For more information and a confidential discussion about the role please contact us on recruitment@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Click the button below to find out about childcare career pathways in Reading.

Careers in Childcare

Routes into Teaching

Our local Initial Teacher Education provider, the University of Reading, works in partnership with local schools to provide various routes into teaching. These include primary and secondary School Direct, school-based routes into teaching through which trainee teachers are embedded in local schools throughout the year as well as attending university for core training and support. Visit the following pages for further information and to find out your next step on the road to becoming a teacher:

Primary School Direct

Primary School Direct in partnership with the Institute of Education, University of Reading

Primary PGCE programme

Primary PGCE at the Institute of Education, University of Reading

Secondary Initial Teacher Training

Secondary education at the Institute of Education, University of Reading

If you are a Reading school interested in hosting a School Direct trainee, please find out more and contact the University via

 Institute of Education – Partnership website (reading.ac.uk)

School Direct can be a great way to ‘grow your own’ teachers, and with both salaried and tuition-fee funded routes available there is not necessarily any cost to the school.

How to join us

Our staff are at the very core of what we do. Without them we wouldn’t be able to provide any of our services. They represent us within the community and are at the frontline of decision making for many children, young people and their families.

Our aim is to value, support and enable everyone to be able to do their jobs well and it’s the same for our employees of the future.

We value the fact that it takes time in your busy day to call and make an enquiry or to complete an application form. It is important to us that we provide an efficient and effective service to everyone that we have contact with and we aim to provide all candidates with a very positive and efficient recruitment experience.

We aim to confirm receipt of all enquiries within 48hrs and to keep you informed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Most of our communication with you will be via email so be sure to give us the correct email address.

We welcome enquiries and visits so if you would like to pop in and meet us and see who we are prior to making an application or attending an interview then just let us know.

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