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Families First Practice Lead

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham.
  • Reference: 176
  • Published: Wed 25/11/2020, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sat 05/12/2020, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £45,000 - £49,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

Families First Practice Lead
£45,834-£48,819 per annum


Newham Together – The best place for children and young people.

Children's social care at Newham is on a journey of transformation that will put people at the heart of everything we do and create opportunities for everyone. Our improvement journey is well underway and we are looking for exceptional talent to contribute and make a real difference to the lives of our children and young people. We're big on career development, learning, and training; and our positive organisational change offers a fantastic career development opportunity for leaders of practice. 

We want to be a centre of excellence for Children’s social care by 2023, and the foundations of the  clearly articulated ‘Newham Together’ Practice Framework (based on Co-Production, Curiosity, Compassion, Confidence, Clarity and Community), a Learning Framework and a Social Care Academy are now in place to help us get there.

If you are committed to changing the lives of children and families and improving practice within your services whilst undertaking a personal journey of learning and improvement, there are few more relevant places to be than Newham.

Apply now, and be the driving force behind a service that transforms the lives of young people and their families.


Our Families First Service is going through a re-structure to enable the service to closely work with statutory social work teams and to ensure our families receive timely purposeful, planned and focused intervention. In the Families First Service we have developed a new model based broadly on systemic ideas but also on other evidenced based interventions such as Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Multi Systemic Therapy (MST). It also allows practitioners to develop their own style and practices that fit the families and contexts they are working within. Your role as a Families First Manager would be to closely work with the practice managers in the Families First Service to ensure the model is embedded and families receive timely intervention.

Reporting to the Team Manager, you will work collaboratively with managers in the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub), Assessment and Intervention Service to ensure families receive appropriate intervention based on their needs and level of risk. You will have modern technology to enable efficient mobile working in addition to human business support.

You will be expected to be an embodiment of the 'Newham Together' practice model, and will work collaboratively with colleagues, partner agencies and other services, sharing our commitment to taking a Restorative approach to achieving positive outcomes for our children and young people.


‘People at the heart of everything we do’

We're looking for an experienced or aspiring manager who has worked within early help services and is passionate about improving children and their families’ lives.

You are full of energy and enthusiasm, taking a creative but pragmatic approach to supporting your teams to achieve positive outcomes for our children and their families. You already embrace our people focused values and want to be active part of our collective ‘Newham Together’ journey. You want to make a difference. You like to shape services to ensure Families First Practice Managers and Coaches provide good quality intervention to our families.

You have a good track record of delivering successful outcomes for families within a diverse urban community. You have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development, actively seeking avenues of learning and improvement. The embedding of Systemic practice and a Restorative approach are both key to our journey, and we welcome interest from managers who flourish in, or have training or interest in these methods of practice.


 We've been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise social work.

We will offer you:

• A fantastic opportunity to shape a service and create a lasting legacy.

• A competitive salary of £45,834 - £48,819 pa.

• Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home.

• Smarter Working with new modern technology.

• New Social Work Academy and training in systemic practice.

• 'Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust.

• Systemic and restorative practice will be helped and encouraged to flourish.

• Oyster card/parking permit for business use. 

• Excellent transport links to the rest of the capital.

• Permanent and stable senior leadership with a consistent vision.

• Wellbeing service, leisure and discount benefits (Council scheme).

• We will be a ‘social work centre of excellence’ by 2023.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Claire Belgard, claire.belgard@newham.gov.uk 07976 947 259


You will need to submit a CV and provide a supporting statement in the additional information section after clicking apply. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification.

Shortlisting decisions will be based on candidates' relevant experience and on candidates' suitability for the role in line with the person specification, as described in their supporting statement.

Closing Date: 6th December 2020

Please View Families First Practice Lead - Job Description

Additional Information

The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.

The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right  to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes  anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham.
  • Reference: 176
  • Published: Wed 25/11/2020, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sat 05/12/2020, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £45,000 - £49,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

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