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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.

New senior roles for newly-created way of working

At Brighter Futures for Children, we put children and young people at the heart of all we do. We are developing new ways of working to deliver better and more seamless services to the families of Reading, moving towards a model of Family Help in line with Stable Homes built on Love.

We are doing this by breaking down barriers between children’s social care and early help services and building an integrated Family Help and Safeguarding model with an enhanced focus on strong partnership working and prevention.

We work within a trauma informed, systemic and attachment aware practice model.  This strength and relationship-based approach keeps children at the forefront of what we do, within a whole family focus.

We are creating five new, key roles to drive these changes and embed this exciting, forward-thinking way of working.

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Other Current Vacancies

Salary: £21,575 – £24,054 per annum
Contractual hours: 37 hours p/w full time
Closing date: 24 September 2023
Interview date: TBC
Job requisition: BFC0600

The Lodge Nursery at Southcote is a 48-place day nursery providing day care and sessional care for 0- to 5-year-olds.?The Coley Lodge Nursery is a 16-place provision for 2 year old funded children at Coley Park Children’s Centre. We currently have vacancies for qualified (Level 2 and/or Level 3) Early Years Practitioners to join our fabulous nursery team.  

We offer a local government pension scheme alongside a comprehensive training package and opportunities for professional development and progression for the right candidate. A generous annual leave allowance is included.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact:  Layla Littlewood Layla.littlewood@brighterfuturesforchildren.org, 0118 937 3849 or Samantha Tait samantha.tait@brighterfuturesforchildren.org, 0118 937 3092.

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Salary: £29,439 – £34,723
Contractual hours: 37 hours p/w full time
Job ref: BFC0630
Closing date: 24 September 2023
Interview date: 5 October 2023 (in person)

This role is key in supporting and developing the ONE Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership, Reading’s early help partnership and the work of BFfC Partnership Team.  You’ll provide administrative, project management and business analysis support to the board, work streams, their associated projects and the partnership team.

You will need to have knowledge and understanding of project management principles and techniques, alongside experience of providing business analyst support to projects.

For an informal discussion, contact Anna Batty (Strategic Lead, Partnership & Prevention) on 07976295835 or email anna.batty@brighterfuturesforchildren.org (not available between 18 September – 22 September 2023).

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Permanent position x 2
Job ref: BFC0560
Salary: £29,439 – £34,723
Contractual hours: 37 hours per week, full time
Closing date: 30 September
Interview dates: 12 and 18 October

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join our Children’s Action team as a family worker. You will work as a part of an Early Help team providing effective support interventions to help your caseload of families to achieve positive outcomes. For an informal,  confidential discussion about the role, contact James Old on 0118 9374916 or email james.old@brighterfuturesforchildren.org.

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Full-time,  permanent post
Salary: £26,317 – £35,934
Closing date: 22 September 2023
Interview date: 29 September 2023
Job requisition: BFC0631

Reading YOS currently has a temporary vacancy for a YOS Caseworker to cover maternity leave, who will be able to engage and support young people who have offended or are at risk of offending.  The YOS is located within Brighter Futures for Children and also has strong links with partner services working with young people.

You will need to have significant experience of engaging well with young people who have been involved in or are at risk of offending.  You will need assessment and organizational skills and flexibility in managing a varied caseload and will also need to be prepared to work some evenings/weekends on an occasional basis.

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Sure Start Whitley Day Nursery
Full-time, term time post
Part time, 4 days per week
Salary: £22,777 – £24,054 (pro rata £19,394 – £20,4082)
Closing date: 25 September 2023
Interview date: To be confirmed
Job requisition: BFC0589

Sure Start Whitley Day Nursery is a busy, popular and well established nursery providing high quality, affordable and free childcare to local families in the South of Reading.

The nursery is set out over three bright 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 level 3 early years practitioner who can work collaboratively with our team, families, and wider professionals in the best interests of the children.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact: Megan Jones (Nursery manager) on 0118 937 3922 or email megan.jones@brighterfuturesforchildren.org OR Kelly Goswell (Deputy Manager and SEN Co) on 0118 937 3910 or email Kelly.goswell@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Full time, permanent post
Salary: £51,627 – £57,763 per annum
Closing date: 29/10/2023
Interview date: 16/11/2023
Job reference: BFC0634

This post is set within the Education Access and Support Service which is responsible for managing the Safeguarding and Inclusion Team to ensure Reading Borough Council meets its responsibilities in ensuring that all children are placed in a suitable setting or receive their entitlement to education.

This role will provide operational management of Children Missing Education, School Inclusion and Attendance Support Teams, which includes line management of a Children Missing Education Officer, School Inclusion Officer, two Senior Attendance Support Workers, and the Elective Home Education Officer in liaison with the Head of Education Access and Support.

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Fiona Hostler on Fiona.Hostler@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Full-time post
Fixed term contract until 31st March 2025 with possibility of further extension
Salary: £57,544 – £60,690 per annum. Previous SPA points will be honoured
Closing date: 01/10/2023
Interview date: To be confirmed
Job reference: BFC0635

You will work closely with the Education Leadership Team, including the Principal Child and Educational Psychologist, the Head of Service and Strategic Lead for SEND, the Senior School Effectiveness Officers and the Director of Education. You will be the Lead of a new integrated ‘Reading Inclusion Support in Education’ (RISE) service, reporting to the Head of Service and Strategic Lead for SEND, whilst maintaining close professional and supervision links with the Educational Psychology Service.

You will help establish and lead the new integrated ‘Reading Inclusion Support in Education’ (RISE) service that will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to provide the highest quality of educational provision and support for children with SEND and their families in Reading.

The RISE service will be an integrated multi-agency team of SEND specialists dedicated to promoting the inclusion of children with SEND, and meeting their needs through effective early identification, the Ordinarily Available Provision and an effective Graduated Response.

The job purpose of the Senior Child and Educational Psychologist and Lead for the Reading Inclusion Support in Education is to:

Work closely with the Head of Service and Strategic Lead for SEND, to lead on the development and implementation of the RISE service, ensuring:

  • co-production with all key stakeholders,
  • effective analysis and use of data,
  • the aims of the local area SEND Strategy, and the ‘Delivering Better Value’ programme in Reading are fully incorporated.
  • An effective Reading wide approach to identifying and meeting needs early as outlined in the Code of Practice.

For any query or informal discussion about the role, please contact Roxanna Glennon at Roxanna.Glennon@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Sure Start Whitley Day Nursery
Full time, 37 hours per week which will be spread over 4 days 7:45AM-6:00PM with a day off during the week.
Salary:
£22,777 – £24,054 per annum
Closing date:
8/10/2023
Interview date:
To be confirmed
Job reference:
BFC0639

 

Sure Start Whitley Day Nursery is a busy, popular and well established nursery providing high quality, affordable and free childcare to local families in the South of Reading.

The nursery is set out over three bright 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 level 3 early years practitioner who can work collaboratively with our team, families and wider professionals in the best interests of the children.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact: Kelly Goswell (Nursery manager) on 0118 937 3922 or email Kelly.goswell@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

 

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Full-time, permanent post
Salary: £39,493 – £45,495 per annum
Closing date: 30/09/2023
Interview date: 12/10/2023
Job reference: BFC0636

A rare vacancy has arisen in our Communications & Marketing team at Brighter Futures for Children, based in Reading, Berkshire but with the opportunity to work both remotely and on site.

We’re looking for a Senior Communications Officer with a track record of success within a charity, public sector, or health and social care setting, someone who can ‘hit the ground running’.

The post holder will have experience in both internal and external communications and identifying and adapting content and messaging for sharing on appropriate channels, creating engaging content across different platforms, including social media, e-newsletters and website content.

The ideal candidate will have great copywriting, proofreading and editing skills. You’ll instinctively seek out a story and be able to build relationships internally, but also externally with partner agencies and with local and national journalists.

For informal discussion or any query, please contact our Digital Content Manager Helen Fortgang at helen.fortgang@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Full Time, Permanent post
Salary: £42,723 to £47,493 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, qualified 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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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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