West Berkshire Council

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It’s a great time to be thinking about pursuing a social work career in West Berkshire rated as Good by OFSTED and about to embark on The Family Safeguarding Model. Our Social Workers will be working in multi- disciplinary teams with small case loads with motivational interviewing at the heart of our practice. We believe a relational approach which is restorative at heart achieves the best outcomes for children and families.

We’re committed across our organisation to our Children and Families service being rated good in the quality of our child and family-centred practice, good in our impact on children and families and good as a place to work.

West Berkshire is a beautiful location to live and work, but this sometimes means that people don’t appreciate the real, unique and pressing challenges that  our social workers help us overcome.

In West Berkshire, our social workers are incredibly valuable – we want them to know this, and to feel appreciated, secure and supported so that they in turn offer the best possible service to children and families.

Our new recruitment brochure  reflects how highly we value our social workers  - it includes a paid sabbatical and a £15,000 retention bonus after three years service, among other benefits. We can also help with relocation costs in some cases up to £8,000.

We also want you to grow and develop in your role - we offer a range of career pathways, including progression as a practitioner or manager, and we also have great track record of developing our own workers.

If you’re interested let us know through our online talent pool.

People who meet us are usually keen to be a part of our team!

You can take a look at our current vacancies via the tab above  for full job descriptions and details of how to apply.

See what our Social Workers say about working for us via the tab above.  You can also read more on our website .

 

Social Workers- Family Safeguarding (V3196)

Job Reference:C/17/44932

Location:West Street House

Type:Full Time

 

Assistant Team Manager - West & Central Locality (V2958)

Job Reference:C/17/42917

Location:West Street House

Type:Full Time

 

Assistant Team Manager- East Locality (V3191)

Job Reference:C/17/42919

Location:Turnham's Green Calcot

Type:Full Time

 
 
 

“...it's a testimony to West Berkshire that supporting social workers and first and second line managers is seen as key. This allows us to thrive and grow in our professional roles, and more importantly improves outcomes for the children and families we work with. The messages from frontline practice are fed back to the Senior Management Team on a continual basis.”
 
Rashida , Principal Social Worker

West Berkshire Council
 

“It's a really supportive team and we all help each other; no-one is left to struggle on their own.  We really do have good management support and senior managers who are really interested in good practice and our cases.”
 
Kim , Newly Qualified Social Worker

West Berkshire Council
 

“There is a great focus on career development here, and I've had management support and encouragement as I moved from social worker, to senior social worker to my present role. We have access to good training opportunities above and beyond statutory training. Senior managers are very visible here and you can always access a service manager. We also have really good links with other services which helps joint working.”

“As a mother of two children I have found West Berkshire Council to be flexible as an employer, helping me balance home and work.”
 
Clare,
Assistant Team Manager

West Berkshire Council
 

“I really enjoy being part of a team where there's a high value placed on working together and on peer support; everyone is friendly, and there are plenty of opportunities to socialise together away from the day job. I also really appreciate our supportive and approachable senior management team.”
 
“On top of these things, West Berkshire is a lovely area to work in.  Our team is based in Newbury, an old market town, five minutes from a lunch-time look around the shops, and these things do add to your enjoyment of your work!”
 
Natalie , Assistant Team Manager

West Berkshire Council