Become part of a team which shares your passion

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.

Fixed Term – up to 8 months
Full-time,  37 hours per week
Salary:
£26,317 – £35,934
Closing date:
2 August 2022
Interview date:
11 August 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 focussed interventions.
  • 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 0118 9372420

Kevin Williams 0118 9372420

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Full time, Permanent post 
Agile/Hybrid Working
Salary:
£22,129 – £32,798
Closing date: 31 August 2022
Interview date: To be confirmed

Do you consider yourself a solution finder and a negotiator, if yes, our commission team needs you? The Outcome Focussed Placements Officer will co-ordinate and manage all placement requests for Looked After Children (LAC) including those with multiple and complex needs and children with special educational needs. 

You will negotiate in consideration of the achievement of the best outcomes for children and young people. 


Responsibilities:
 

  • Maintain accurate records through data collection 
  • 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 
  • Understand and apply company and department procedures and practice to ensure that corporate social responsibility (equalities, sustainability, transparency, ethical, health and safety and social value) is at the core of all placement negotiations. 
  • To be proactive in workload management, prioritise placement searches as required and liaising with referring officers around service delivery expectations. 
  • Attend professionals’ meetings as agreed 
  • Ensure placement searches can be completed in a timely, effective and efficient manner 
  • Ensure placements are made as close to the borough as possible 
  • Support the collation of monitoring and recording of achievements in order to ensure the service is financially self-sustaining. 

Contact details for an informal discussion: Kelly Hallett on Kelly.Hallett@brighterfuturesforchildren.org 

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Part-time,  28.5 hours per week
Permanent post
Actual Pro-Rata Salary: £15,135 – £17,252 plus 10% shift allowance
Closing date: 7 August 2022
Interview date: To be confirmed

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 Child care 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 01189374203 or email at helena.baptista@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Together for Families Team
Full-time, Permanent post
Salary: £49,570 – £52,662 pa, (includes £6,000 annual market supplement)
Closing date: 21 August 2022
Interview date: To be confirmed

This is a great career development opportunity where you will be able to lead a dedicated team to deliver a high- quality service in a specialized field. 

Our Assistant Team Managers report directly to the Team Manager in their specific service and are responsible for the day to day operational running of their team. You will provide crucial direction and oversight in relation to cases and are responsible for high quality leadership. We are offering the opportunity to join a dynamic senior team who are committed to improving outcomes for children. 

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 pay 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 TFFs 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 ensure the 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. Support to families in the Service will also be provided via evidence informed and timely programme of support delivered via Family Support Workers and specialist adult practitioners in mental health and substance use – with the aim to ensure an effective trauma informed ‘whole family’ response to needs and risk for children. 

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Sandra James  on Sandra.James@brighterfuturesforchildren.org  

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Together for families Team
Full-time, Permanent post
Salary: £54,365 – £59,987 (includes £6,700 annual market supplement)
Closing date: 21 August 2022
Interview date: To be confirmed

This is a great opportunity where you will be able to use your management skills and experience to deliver a high-quality service in a specialised field. 

Our Team Managers have accountability for the operational management and supervision of the social work team, inclusive of resource and performance management, quality assurance and partnership working. This is a leadership role which requires the Team Manager to positively influence the development of their team and staff and the experience of children, young people and their 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 pay 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 TFFs 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 ensure the 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.

Support to families in the Service will also be provided via evidence informed and timely programme of support delivered via Family Support Workers and specialist adult practitioners in mental health and substance use – with the aim to ensure an effective trauma informed ‘whole family’ response to needs and risk for children. 

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact – Paul Sibanda (Interim Service Manager) on paul.sibanda@brighterfuturesforchildren.org  

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Casual role
Salary: £10.19 per hour
Closing date: 7 August 2022
Interview date: TBC

Cressingham is a short break service offering overnight support to children and young people aged 8-18 years with complex medical needs and learning disabilities.

Pinecroft is a residential service offering high quality long-term care for children and young people aged 8-18 years with complex needs and learning disabilities.

The staff team support the young people to enable them to lead as full a life as possible. Our aim is to empower young people to achieve and develop skills that will give them a solid foundation to succeed. We further aim to promote social inclusion to access everyday opportunities and community participation.

For more information about these roles or for an informal discussion please contact: Helena Baptista, Cressingham and Pinecroft Manager on helena.baptista@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Pinecroft Residential Home
Full-time, Permanent X 2 posts
Salary: £22,597 – £28,658 (including 15% shift allowance)
Closing date: 7 August 2022
Interview date: TBC

Are you a care worker with a Level 3 residential childcare qualification?
Or, do you have experience working with children with learning disabilities and a willingness to undertake this qualification? 
Our committed team provides personalised care across residential and short break services in Reading for young people. 

If you’re looking for full time work, have a full manual/automatic driving license and a willingness to drive the homes’ vehicles and want a fantastically rewarding career then we want to hear from you. 

This is a great opportunity to join our enthusiastic team at our children’s homes, both of which have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. You will be supporting young people to lead as full a life as possible, helping with everyday activities. 

Pinecroft is a residential service offering high quality long-term care for children and young people aged 8-18 years with complex needs and learning disabilities. 

Cressingham is a short break service offering overnight support to children and young people aged 8-18 years with complex needs and learning disabilities. 

The role requires staff to work on a shift pattern rota, which will include a combination of  early (7-3) and late (2-10) shifts, sleep-ins, weekend working and bank holidays/religious celebration days.

For more information about these roles or for an informal discussion please contact: Registered Manager – Helena Baptista on 0118 937 4202, email at helena.baptista@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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SEND Team
Part time, 25 hours per week
Permanent post
Salary: Actual Pro-rata salary £13,277 – £14,952
Closing date: 7 August 2022
Interview date: 12 August 2022

The position of Business Administrator in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Casework team. 

The post holder will be expected to work as part of a busy SEND Casework team. This requires self-organisation, flexibility and adaptability to support the delivery and day to day running of the SEND Team in order to meet statutory duties.? The primary duties and responsibilities of this role are to ensure that accurate records are kept and that good standards of communication are provided. General administrative duties include, although are not limited to, dealing with and responding to a variety of telephone and email contacts, ensuring accurate message-taking or appropriate sign-posting and responding accurately to standard Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs); co-ordinating documentation for decision making panel meetings; placing orders for equipment; preparing and sending out communication by post and dealing with incoming post; occasionally taking notes at meetings. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Deborah Talbolt,deborah.talbot@brighterfuturesforchildren.org  

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Early Help
Part time, 20 hours per week with flexible working pattern
Fixed term until March 2024
Salary: Actual salary £17,728 – £19,101 per annum pro rata (£32,798 – £35,336 per annum FTE)
Closing date: 21 August 2022
Interview date: 1 September 2022

Since 2019 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have led a national programme to raise awareness of the impact of parental conflict on children and young people’s mental health and long-term outcomes.  The programme has included funding for local areas, to support the workforce increase knowledge and confidence in identifying parental conflict and provide support to reduce its impact on children and young people. 

Brighter Futures for Children has been coordinating the Reading area programme which includes delivering a range of training, learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers across the children, young people, and family’s workforce.  We’re excited to have secured further funding and are recruiting a Reducing Parental Conflict Coordinator as a pivotal role in taking forward our plans to further develop the programme.  You’ll work closely with the Strategic Lead, Partnership & Prevention, training partners and steering group to drive and deliver the outcomes of the programme. 

This is a real opportunity to make a difference and so you will need passion, be approachable and adaptable and take a problem-solving approach to drive change.  You will have confidence and credibility to quickly forge and develop relationships across the workforce, so a demonstrable knowledge and understanding of parental conflict is important.   

Although you will be fully supported within a team environment you will need to be proactive and able to work on your own initiative to achieve the targets and outcomes of the programme. 

For an informal discussion please contact Anna Batty (Strategic Lead, Partnership & Prevention) on 07976 295835 or  anna.batty@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Leaving Care Team
Full-time, Permanent post
Salary: £40,798 to £45,568 pa (includes £8,000 Annual Market Supplement)
Closing date: 17 August 2022
Interview date: TBC

We currently have vacancy for qualified social worker in Leaving Care Team.
You will carry out a range of tasks and interventions to benefit the welfare of the child. 

Role Responsibilities: 

  • Undertake assessments and, where appropriate, arrange accommodation for children and young people 
  • To work with children, young people, families, carers and communities to help them make informed decisions and engender change, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to service planning 
  • To develop and maintain positive working relationships with service users and other professionals 
  • To keep up to date with contemporary issues in children’s social work including legislation and evidence-based practice, and to attend relevant training and development opportunities 

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Kayon.Morris-Johnson@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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Children’s Looked After Team
Full-time, Permanent post
Salary: £40,798 – £45,568 per annum (includes £8000 annual market supplement)
Closing date: 21 August 2022
Interview date: TBC

We currently have vacancies for qualified social workers in our Children Looked After team.  The Children Looked After Teamwork with children from 5-16 years of age with children in a variety of settings that meet their individual needs. BFFC and the team works in a Trauma-Informed approach to ensure that we understand our children well and work with them in achieving permanence for them. This could be through Long Term Fostering, reunification or Special Guardianship. We start the transition to adult hood via pathway planning where they then progress to our Leaving Care Team to continue their pathway.

You will be joining a well-run, supportive and dynamic team, which benefits from a supportive Consultant Practitioner who is on hand to coach, mentor and provide reflective practice, an Assistant and Team Manager who are there to provide the support and guidance you need. We work closely with our health and education partners as well as our BFFC fostering team and community resources to ensure that our children’s’ needs our met.

We have secured an excellent training programme for our social workers that will help develop and enhance their practice. We as a service value our staff and want to support their progression with us. This is an ideal opportunity for a social worker with a minimum of 2 years post-qualified Experience in Children & Families Social Work to join our teams.

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.  

For any query or informal discussion, please feel free to contact hiring manager – Christina Subh on christina.subh@brighterfuturesforchildren.org  

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Full Time, Permanent

Salary: £40,798 to £45,568 per annum (including £8000 annual market supplement)

Open advert

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, introduced to improve services for children in Reading, and to help achieve our vision to help every child have a happy, healthy and successful life. This service observes the five underlying principles of trauma informed practice – safety, choice, empowerment, trust and collaboration.

There are four 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, and 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, meaning much fewer transitions for children and their families.

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 any query or confidential discussion, please feel free to contact us on recruitment@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

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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 - 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.

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.

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 information about childcare support, visit www.gov.uk/get-childcare. Please also see our information page 30 hour funding for 3-4 year olds.

For more information please contact the Nursery Manager on: 0118 937 2509 or email kennetdaynursery@reading.gov.uk

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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