About children's social care

A message from Nikki Edwards, Director of Children, Young People & Learning:

"Children in Bracknell Forest benefit from highly aspirational, committed senior managers and political leaders who place them firmly at the centre of their decision making. As a result, almost every child who accesses a service receives good or outstanding support”

Ofsted Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers – May 2017.

There are approximately 28,000 children and young people living and growing up in Bracknell Forest, which represents 23.7% of the total population. Bracknell Forest is seen as a generally affluent area which does not experience problems associated with deprivation. This overall view however hides significant pockets of deprivation which are not always apparent from headline statistics.  
 
We believe in strong and purposeful engagement with children to ensure that their views are well understood and we take pride in the high level of partnership working we have achieved. In the most recent Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers; we were assessed as 'Good' by Ofsted with ‘Outstanding features. 
 
Some of the positive comments about staff and working in Bracknell Forest include:    
 
  • “The importance of a stable, well-trained and dedicated workforce is well understood by leaders in Bracknell Forest. A focus on strategies to achieve this has resulted in an increasingly stable and experienced workforce.” 
  • “Rigorous planning, access to good-quality training and a strong focus on innovation have led to an exceptionally stable workforce of proficient, experienced social workers that enables good social work practice.” 
  • “The majority of social workers have manageable caseloads, and this ensures that they have time to spend with children”. 
  • “Social workers and family support workers provide highly effective support to children in need of help and protection. Confident and skilled practitioners develop meaningful relationships with children.” 
  • “Senior managers are connected to frontline practice and have a good knowledge of individual children. They provide consistent leadership, and are visible and accessible.” 

Could you do it?

The roles we have available are challenging and interesting and will enable you to continually develop your skills and knowledge, as well as contribute to the ongoing improvement of the services and support we deliver.

We asked the members of SiLSiP (Bracknell's Children in Care Council) what they look for in a social worker. Take a look at what we would like our social workers to be like.

Take a look at the work of our Children's social care teams.

If you believe you have the ambition to join us at this exciting time we would welcome your application to join one of our teams.