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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.

Full-Time or Part-Time
Permanent post
£42,811 – £52,440 per annum
Closing date: 30 May 2022
Interview dates: TBC

We currently have a vacancy for Educational and Child Psychologist role. We will also consider applications from trainee educational psychologists at any stage of their training.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To provide consultation, assessment, advice and intervention regarding the education, behaviour and well-being of children and young people aged 0-25, working in partnership with children, parents and teachers.
  • To assist schools in developing effective approaches to meeting special educational needs.
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of Brighter Futures for Children policy and practice in relation to children’s educational development and well-being, with particular regard to SEND.
  • To write psychological advice, within specified timescales, for statutory assessments.
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of mental health projects.
  • We will consider applications from trainee educational psychologists at any stage of their training.

For more details about the role please contact Vikki Lawrence-

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Early Help Service
Fixed term post until April 2024

Part time: 25 hours per week
Salary: £
13,277 – £13,813 per annum pro rata
Closing date:
23 May 2022
Interview date:

This fixed term 2-year post will focus on key priority areas to help children catch up and avoid long term needs requiring later interventions.

You will be responsible for delivering a graduated offer of support to parents and provide babies with age-appropriate learning opportunities they would normally have experienced in readiness for starting school.

You will work alongside the co-ordinator and our outreach worker to support families identified as eligible for support and use an approved assessment tool to understand children’s levels of attainment and adopt support and signposting as appropriate.

You will be required to work in partnership with variety of partners such as Health visiting, speech and language teams, children’s centres, early years settings, SEND organisations and other community organisations to effectively identify, reach, overcome barriers and provide appropriate targeted support to families.

You will be required to work flexibly, and some weekend and evening work will be expected.

Please contact Belinda South (COVID Recovery Coordinator) on 07841 271 916 or for further Information.

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Children’s Action Team
4 Posts available
Permanent posts X 3
12-month Fixed term (Maternity cover) X 1
Salary: £27,514 – £32,798 per annum
Closing date: 22 May 2022
Interview date: Week commencing 30 May 2022

Some flexible working required depending on service needs

The family worker will work as part of an Early Help team providing effective family support interventions. You will provide support to a caseload of families to achieve positive outcomes.

The role is busy, varied and includes:

  1. To work with the whole family and partners to assess the needs within the household and acknowledge those of the extended family.
  2. To deliver evidence-based interventions with families including direct work with children and young people.
  3. To adopt a key worker/lead Professional approach in order to develop, coordinate and deliver outcome focussed plans.  This will include:
  • Organising, chairing and/or attending multi-agency Team Around the Child/family meetings in order to ensure a partnership approach to engaging and supporting families.
  • Reviewing action plans and ensure these are timely and plans are SMART
  1. To work with families who exhibit a range of challenges and who may resist engagement – there may be a requirement to work intensively over a period of time with some families.  This will include families stepping down from CSC statutory services, via CSPoA and some joint work with CSC.
  2. To apply a challenge and support approach to working with families.
  3. Liaise effectively and work with universal, targeted and statutory services and partners where appropriate e.g. schools, children’s Social Care, voluntary orgs etc.

You should have previous experience working with children, young people and their families and ideally have knowledge of child development.

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact: –

Tracey Fuller or
Kim Winters

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Part time: 3 to 8 hours per week
Permanent post
Salary: £10.01 per hour
Closing date: 29 May 2022
Interview date: TBC

This exciting role will seek to support young people both in youth group provision and also dedicated outreach work within our communities. We are looking for a passionate individual you have the qualities to be able to engage young people in these environments. This role will be a minimum of 3 hours youth work per week in a centre or outreach work in a location within Reading.

Job responsibilities:

  • To work as a part of a team in delivering youth work provision in a range of settings. This may be via outreach/detached work e.g., on the streets, in parks etc. or via building/centre-based youth work.
  • To develop positive, professional relationships with young people and encourage their participation in youth work sessions so that they achieve their full potential and become active citizens in their community.

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact James Old/Scott Bennett on

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Part time: 22.2 hours (3 days per week)
2 Year Fixed Term contract
£26,142 – £29,821 per annum actual pro rata salary
Closing date: 23 May 2022
Interview dates: TBC  

BFfC is becoming a trauma informed organisation. Our ‘Architecture for Professional Practice’ describes how our Children’s Services are committed to Trauma Informed and Restorative Approaches, thinking therapeutically and about whole families. This approach is being embedded to across all services to improve outcomes for children. 

Essential Qualifications:

  • The post holder will need to have an appropriate professional training qualification such as psychology, teaching, social work, mental health, therapeutic intervention; and be able to evidence a high level of knowledge and experience of trauma informed approaches

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:

  • The post holder will have a minimum of three years’ experience working with children or young people with emotional or behavioural problems and their families
  • Experience of embedding trauma thinking in strategy and practice

For more details and informal discussion, please contact Deborah Hunter on

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Early Help Service
Ranikhet Children’s Centre
Full-time: 37 hours per week, permanent post
Salary: £27,514 – £32,798 per annum
Closing date: 26th May 2022
Interviews:  To Be Confirmed 

The purpose of this role achieves change through preventative early intervention and working in partnership with families in their homes with complex needs sometimes requiring more intensive support.  

Applicants should have level 3 qualification (or equivalent) in childcare, health, social care, education or community work with experience of interagency work, supporting vulnerable families and delivering an inclusive service for parents and children. 

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition are strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment. 

Please contact Lorraine West on for further Information 

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Full-time: 37 hours per week
12-month fixed term contract – maternity cover
: £27,514 – £37,568
Closing date: 23 May 2022
Interview date: 8 – 9 June 2022

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.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To manage a caseload of young people, delivering young person focused intervention.
  • To ensure appropriate assessments are undertaken with young people and preparing prepare relevant reports.
  • To act as a Court Officer and attend as a representative of the Youth Offending Team.
  • To work collaboratively, referring to others in the YOS, and liaising with other services as appropriate.

Contact details for an informal discussion: Natalie Clarke or Kevin Williams: 0118 937 2420

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Early Help Service – Children’s Centres
Full-time, 37 hrs per week
Permanent position
£27,514 – £30,095 pa
Closing date:
24 May 2022
Interviews: 6 June 2022

We are looking for a practitioner with experience of delivering health support, information and advice in groups and on a 1-1 basis. 

You will be required to work together with a variety of partners such as Midwifery, Health visiting, speech and language teams, children’s centres, early years settings and SEND organisations in order to effectively identify, reach and provide appropriate targeted support to babies and their families.

The first 1,001 critical days from conception to age 2 are a unique period for a baby that sets the foundations for lifelong emotional and physical wellbeing (Best start for life March 2021) Developed as part of the early years healthy development review we are keen to support improved health outcomes for all babies in the Reading borough.

Applicants should have a Health and social care level 3 qualification/ NVQ Level 3 in childcare or equivalent professional qualification and experience related to work with babies and families with a health focus

Please contact Sue Blackwood on 07921403349 or email for further Information


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Part time, 28.5 hours a week (3 nights)
Permanent post
£16,649 – £18,749 pa actual pro rata (includes 10% shift allowance)
Closing date:
24 May 2022
Interview date:
27 May 2022

We are looking for an experienced waking night candidate with a child centred approach and an understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities you are empathic, enthusiastic, and work well both individually and within the team.

This is an exciting time to join our experienced and skilled team, as we are looking to develop our service. You will participate in the waking night rota which requires some flexibility and will include some weekend working.

You will be expected to have good written and verbal communication skills, be able to communicate clearly with residents and staff.   The ability to read and write clear legible reports is essential and basic IT skills are desirable.

You will require a QCF Level 3 in Residential Childcare or equivalent NVQ qualification or a willingness to undertake this qualification. You will have an ability to manage people and problems tactfully, apply initiative in managing tasks and use observation and reporting skills in Health and Safety and practice issues.

For more information about these roles or for an informal discussion please contact: Helena Baptista, Registered Manager on 0118 937 4203 or email at

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Full-time, 37 hours per week
12-month Fixed Term post
Remote Worker
Salary: £32,798 – £35,336 per annum
Closing date: 25 May 2022
Interview date: TBC

We are looking to recruit 2 experienced SQL Developers to join the team working on a cutting-edge project. You will need at least 12 months experience as a SQL developer in a Windows SQL Server environment.

Experience using SSIS to perform ETL tasks would be an advantage. The role will require you to extract data from a wide range of applications across multiple local authorities.

Through Central Government’s Data Accelerator Fund, we have secured funding to further develop and roll out our ‘in-house developed’ Family Data Hub to 3 partner Local authorities. This is an exciting project where you will be part of a team working with a wide range of stakeholders.
For further information, please contact Siobhan Egan – 0118 937 4402 or 

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Full-time, 37 hours per week
Permanent Post
Salary: £37,568 – £43,570 per annum
Closing date: 5 June 2022
Interview date: TBC

The Operations Manager will work to maintain a consistent delivery in the services offered to young people and their families, working within the framework of national legislation and Company policies to ensure the service achieves and delivers the Company’s objectives and outcomes.

This is a rewarding and fast-paced role which will see you playing a crucial behind the scenes role in the journey of many children.

Key responsibilities will be:

  • To lead on completing formal Company reports as required, ensuring these are of high quality
  • To facilitate to the development of commissioning strategies, plans as well as children in care sufficiency strategy and plan
  • To consistently lead on key negotiations with high-risk contracts, including price, contract terms and quality
  • To enable the Strategic Commissioner for Social Care to hold the overview for the Team’s workload, by identifying and highlighting key dates and actions, such as complex and high-cost placements and notice periods
  • Ensure all costs for services purchased are clearly identified and agreed along with aims and objectives for the placement and any other relevant information as specified in the referral
  • Maintain and review the Provider Data Base which records and describes the range of quality resources available, including references and Ofsted ratings to support placement finding
  • Take responsibility to ensure knowledge of legislation and guidance, Ofsted inspection reports and registration details and other pertinent documents are read and understood, and queries are discussed with management in a timely way
  • Assist in the maintenance and review of procedures for managing the referral/placement process
  • Develop strong working relationships with Social Workers and other referring officers on a planned and ad hoc basis to support placement stability and the placement process
  • Ensure that placement options provide a best match to needs and outcomes in relation to accommodation, education and health, provide value for money and are carried out in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998
  • To be proactive in workload management, prioritise placement searches as required and liaising with referring officers around service delivery expectations
  • Provide advice and guidance on all aspects of making a placement to referring officers, Social Workers, Managers and other stakeholders


For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Kelly Hallett (Head of Commissioning, Contracts and Procurement) on

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Full Time, Permanent

Salary: £41,486 to £45,568 per annum (including £8000 annual market supplement)

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We currently have vacancies for qualified social workers. We believe that relational social work makes a difference in children, young people and families’ lives and therefore recreated generic teams, that focus on direct work with children, young people and families.

Together for Families (TFF) Service is an exciting new development for Brighter Futures for Children and has been introduced in order to improve services for children in Reading, and to help achieve the vision that is to help every child have a happy, healthy and successful life. Further to this, our service pays credence to the five underlying principles of trauma informed practice – safety, choice, empowerment, trust and collaboration.

There are 4 x Together for Families teams within the service, who will work with children during S.17 (Children Act, 1989) single assessments, S.47 child protection investigations, as well as working with children subject to CIN Plans, CP Plans and CLA. The expectation for all social workers within the TFF teams is that children will remain allocated with their social worker for the duration of the child’s case being open for CIN/CP support. This is to employ relational-based social work practice that is one of the key aims of the BFfC practice model, with much fewer transitions for children and their families.

If you think you might enjoy working at Brighter Futures for Children, you share our values, and 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.

If you are a social worker student and interested to do ASYE program with us, please feel free to apply for our September 2022 cohort. If you have any query or for confidential discussion, email us on

For any query or confidential discussion, please feel free to contact us on

We look forward to hearing from you!

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How to join us - and why!

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.

  • Continuous service (if you’re joining us form a Local Authority)
  • Local government pension scheme (Includes 13% contribution from BFfC and Life Assurance)
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities
  • Agile and flexible working (role dependent)
  • Modern working environment in centre of Reading
  • Discounted staff car parking
  • Discounted on site day nursery (at the Civic Centre)
  • An array of discounts in shops, restaurants and online through the Vectis scheme
  • From 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Additional leave purchasing scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Season ticket loans

The benefits of working at BFfC

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.

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.

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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.

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

We also offer childcare vouchers which you can use to pay for childcare from 0-16 years, plus ‘Reading rates’ for play clubs/schemes.

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.

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