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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 looking for a support services role, you’ll be able to develop your career in a great working environment with us in Reading.

Apart from our executive searches, all of our jobs are advertised on Jobs Go Public and the recruitment process is handled for us by our parent company, Reading Borough Council, and you can search on their job pages for our roles too.

We’ve also got. brand new microsite, run by Social Personnel, which is dedicated to finding us permanent social workers. There are some great, short videos on there from current staff which are well worth watching: Link to microsite.

Social Worker - Family Intervention Team

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 19th July 2020

Salary: £39,371 - £43,934 per annum including £8,000 pa Market Supplement

We currently have vacancies for qualified social workers in our family intervention team. The family Interventions team receives the cases from access and assessment team and holds cases of children on child in need, child protection and in public law Outline process and children in care proceedings. We aim to ensure that our professionals have all the tools they need to do an exceptional job. We have recently introduced Consultant Practitioners into our establishment who are on hand to coach, mentor and support our staff through complex and high risk case work. We have also 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. Please see the attached job description for a full list of the role responsibilities. 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. To apply please send your CV to recruitment@brighterfuturesforchildren.org We look forward to hearing from you. View Job...

Social Worker - A&A and CSPOA

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 19th July 2020

Salary: £39,371 - £43,934 per annum including £8,000 pa Market Supplement

We currently have vacancies for qualified social workers in our Assess and Assessment, and our Child Single Point of Assess. Assess and Assessment consists of four teams that deal with all s17 and s47 assessments. The Family Intervention Service picks up cases from our Access and Assessment Teams, long term work is carried out by the Family intervention Team. The Family Intervention Team also carry out work with child in need, child protection and looked after children cases. We aim to ensure that our professionals have all the tools they need to do an exceptional job. We have recently introduced Consultant Practitioners into our establishment who are on hand to coach, mentor and support our staff through complex and high risk case work. We have also 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. Please see the attached job description for a full list of the role responsibilities. If you think you might enjoy working at Brighter Futures for Children, you share our values, and you have a social work qualification and HCPC registration, then we would really like to hear from you. To apply please send your CV to recruitment@brighterfuturesforchildren.org We look forward to hearing from you! View Job...

Social Worker - Children Looked After

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 19th July 2020

Salary: £39,371 - £43,934 per annum including £8,000 pa Market Supplement

We currently have vacancies for qualified social workers in our children looked after team.

The children looked after team consists of two teams who deal with all children in care. The team works alongside virtual school, fostering and adoption team.

We aim to ensure that our professionals have all the tools they need to do an exceptional job. We have recently introduced Consultant Practitioners into our establishment who are on hand to coach, mentor and support our staff through complex and high risk case work.

We have also 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.

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.

To apply please send your CV to recruitment@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Social Worker - Children & Young People Disability Team (CYPD)

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 19th July 2020

Salary: £39,371 - £43,934 per annum including £8,000 pa Market Supplement

We currently have vacancies for qualified social workers in our Children and Young People Disability Team.

The CYPD Team looks after the children and young people of Reading with a disability 0 to 18. We are looking for a Social Worker who is passionate and who will be committed to this role and the team. If you feel you have the right qualities for our children and young people and want to make things better, then please come and join us.

We aim to ensure that our professionals have all the tools they need to do an exceptional job. We have recently introduced Consultant Practitioners into our establishment who are on hand to coach, mentor and support our staff through complex and high risk case work.

We have also 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.

Please see the attached job description for a full list of the role responsibilities.

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.

To apply please send your CV to recruitment@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Level 2 or 3 Apprentice - Early Years Practitioner

Brighter Futures for Children

The Lodge Day Nursery

Closing Date: 21st June 2020

The Team/Role

The Lodge Day Nursery and The Coley Lodge provide high quality, affordable and free childcare to local families. We ensure that the children are at the centre of everything we do and understand how important their early experiences are. Our settings are inclusive and all children benefit from personalised care and learning. The environment is set out to be inspiring and the atmosphere is positive and supportive.

At The Lodge Day Nursery we care for children aged 1 to 5 years, Monday to Friday all year. The nursery is set out over 3 bright and spacious rooms which are all connected to the garden space in the heart of Southcote.

The Coley Lodge is a 2-year-old provision where we provide care for toddlers, Monday to Friday, term time only. The nursery is based at St Mary0 and All Saints Primary School in Coley and is set out in a well-equipped space with direct access to the garden.

If you want to make a difference to children lives, working alongside an experienced and friendly team then this is the perfect opening for you! This is an opportunity for you to earn 3.90 per hour whilst you gain first-hand experience with young children and complete NVQ level 2 or 3 qualifications depending on current qualifications and experience.?

GCSE Maths and English would be desirable although these qualifications can be completed alongside the NVQ.

Please contact Layla Littlewood or Becky Gibson on 0118 937 3849/0118 937 3910

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Fostering Recruitment Assistant

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing date: 12th July 2020

Interview date: 15th July 2020

Salary: £21,166 - £26, 317

About You

Are you energetic and enjoy working in a creative way with attention to detail? Have you good communication skills, keep good records and enjoy working at pace with Foster Carers and those who wish to become Foster Carers? Are you confident speaking in front of a variety of audiences?

If your answer is yes to the above, then we would welcome your application to join our fostering team and more specifically our recruitment section to recruit a range of carers for Foster Carers.

About BFFC

Brighter Futures for Children Fostering Service is improving outcomes specifically for Reading 0 children, young people and families by offering local children, safe and secure local foster homes.

We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough in addition to the Brighter Futures for Children Fostering Service

Role Responsibilities:

  • Swift and timely response to enquiries from prospective foster carer applicants.
  • Accurate recording of enquiries outcomes and liaising with the Fostering Manager for allocation of initial visit to prospective applicants
  • If the social worker visit indicates that the enquiries can be taken forward following initial visits, ascertain that the application form to foster is completed, checks and references are initiated by the business support
  • Liaise with the Skills to Foster course coordinators and applicants are invited to
  • Monitor outcome of checks and references by liaising with the Business Support and bring to the Fostering Manager attention for appropriate next step action
  • Take part in and co-ordinate the writing, design and production of a range of publicity and display material, copy for adverts, and other promotional literature.
  • Be responsible for liaising regarding the day-to-day marketing activity.

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SEN Case Officer

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 07th July 2020

Salary: £31,371 - £35,934

The Team/Role

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.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Support effective multi-agency working to support the development of comprehensive Education, Health and Care Plan, Annual Reviews and positive multi-agency working relationships. This may include chasing assessment reports, facilitating multi-agency meetings and meetings with families.
  • Draft high quality Education, Health and Care Plans, which are clear, accessible and outcome focused and in line with the legal and statutory requirements described in the Children and Family Act and SEN Code of Practice.
  • Manage and maintain a designated caseload of children with special educational needs ensuring that BFfC statutory obligations are met. This will include co-ordination of EHC needs assessment, monitoring the agreed Education, Health and Care Plans and ensuring that a review is held at least annually, attending where possible, and that the plan continues to meet the identified needs of the child and young person.
  • Ensure Education, Health and Care plans are amended following annual reviews within statutory timescales.
  • Create and maintain up to date records ensuring the relevant databases are updated. Collate and write reports as required for meetings such as the SEN Panel, funding requests and for SEND tribunals.
  • Represent the SEN team at reviews, departmental, multi-professional, inter-agency meetings (office based or within schools) and supporting Managers with Tribunal cases as required.


Essential Qualifications:

  • The equivalent of GCSE passes in English and Maths
  • Education to degree level or other equivalent evidence of ability - to have the required level of intellectual ability for the role and the required higher order skills.
  • Relevant training in relation to special educational needs

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Business Administrator - Children Single Point of Access

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 07th July 2020

Salary: £18,795 - £21,166

This role is to work as a member of the Business Support Service supporting various teams within the Children Single Point of Access. You will be providing business administrative support to Social Work Practitioners and other Professionals.

The role is busy and varied and includes:

  • Dealing with and responding to a variety of contacts including telephone calls and face to face clients ensuring appropriate message taking or sign-posting with clear, precise and accurate information. Responding accurately to standard Frequently Asked Questions
  • Level 1 Customer Care competency to all service users/contacts (as a minimum)
  • Accurate and timely data entering onto appropriate electronic document management systems while adhering to GDPR and protection of data


The Business Administrator is required to
have:

  • GCSE English & Maths grade C or recognised equivalent
  • Previous demonstrable experience of using Microsoft products
  • Demonstrable experience where there are constant demands on time, preferably supporting multiple users and managing conflicting priorities
  • Experience of workload management and decision-making on own behalf within a team context
  • A significant part of the role is safeguarding for children and therefore an understanding of safeguarding and child protection issues would be preferable

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Outcome Focussed Placement Officer

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 05th July 2020

Salary: £26,317 - £31,371

The Role

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.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Good general education with Maths and English to A-level standard

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Residential Child Care Officer

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 19th July 2020

Salary: £18,795 - £23,836 pa plus 5%-15% shift allowance

About You

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

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.

About the role

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.

About you

  • You will require a QCF in children and young people0 workforce Level 3 or equivalent qualification, or be able to demonstrate a willingness and ability to achieve this.
  • Experience in working with young people with disabilities in residential child care or in a similar caring environment is preferred. Ongoing development and training will be provided.
  • We are looking for candidates with a child-centred approach who have an understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities. Candidates should be enthusiastic and creative people who are able to work effectively as part of a team, or use their own initiative when required within the policies, procedures and guidelines. You will be expected to have good written and verbal communication skills, basic IT skills and produce clear legible reports.
  • The ability to provide individualised care to young people and to communicate and foster positive relationships with residents, staff, families and other professionals is essential.
  • You will participate in a shift pattern rota which will include sleep-ins, weekend working and bank holidays/religious celebration days.

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Female Waking Night - RCCO & Casual RCCA

Brighter Futures for Children

Closing Date: 19th July 2020

Salary: £18,795 - £23,836 pa plus 5%-15% shift allowance 

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Female Waking Night - Casual Residential Child Care Assistant 9.74 per hour

About us

If you live here, work here or just visit, you will already know Reading is a great place and at Brighter Futures for Children we dedicated to making it even better. Key to this is ensuring our workforce is equipped for the challenge this is where you come in.

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

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.

About the role

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.

About you

  • You will require a QCF in children and young people workforce Level 3 or equivalent qualification or be able to demonstrate a willingness and ability to achieve this.
  • Experience in working with young people with disabilities in residential child care or in a similar caring environment is preferred. Ongoing development and training will be provided.
  • We are looking for candidates with a child-centred approach who have an understanding of the needs of children and young people with disabilities. Candidates should be enthusiastic and creative people who are able to work effectively as part of a team or use their own initiative when required within the policies, procedures and guidelines. You will be expected to have good written and verbal communication skills, basic IT skills and produce clear legible reports.
  • The ability to provide individualised care to young people and to communicate and foster positive relationships with residents, staff, families and other professionals is essential.

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Open Jobs

Open job roles are those which don’t have a deadline for application and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Experienced Social Workers

Social work is a challenging but rewarding career through which you can make a real difference for children and families.

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We are always looking for talented, motivated individuals. If you can’t see a job that is suited to you please e-mail a copy of your CV to: recruit@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

Benefits of Working Here

  • 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)
  • Purchasing additional leave scheme
  • Local government pension scheme (Includes 13% contribution from BFfC and Life Assurance)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Season ticket loans
  • Access to a range of training and development
  • Lease Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme.

The benefits of working with us are explained in more detail on our what we offer you page