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Senior Social Worker - Children's

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham.
  • Reference: 435
  • Published: Fri 19/03/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 11/04/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £40,000 - £49,999
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Greater London

Assessment Intervention, Children in Care, Fostering, SEND 0-18

£43,860 - £46,839 per annum (plus £5K market supplement)


There has never been a more exciting time to grow and develop as a Senior Social Worker at Newham, and whilst the last 12 months have difficult for many we have not allowed challenging times to disrupt our programme of improvement and have continued driving towards our target of becoming a centre of excellence for children’s social care by 2023.

Senior Social Workers at Newham can now look to a Social Care Academy, an expanded QA service, and a team of Family Therapists to support their practice and enrich their learning. Senior Social Workers can also expect significant support to help them achieve personal career goals. These changes are a small part of the positive impact that our permanent, stable senior leadership team are making, which was recognised in our recent Ofsted visit. Newham is moving in the right direction.

Ofsted also acknowledged our fast and effective response to the covid-19 crisis. Our social workers have been able to practise safely and effectively throughout 2020, and we continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’ to ensure both staff and our young people remain safe. We will continue to put people at the heart of everything we do into 2021 and beyond.

Joining Newham as we continue with our improvement journey will be an invaluable experience and look great on any Senior Social Worker’s CV. Apply now, and be part of our success.


Senior Social Workers have a vital role delivering high quality social work to children and families whilst supporting lesser experienced colleagues with their practice. SSWs will also be responsible for supervising social work students on placement at Newham.

Senior Social Workers at Newham are expected to support colleagues through sharing their knowledge, encouraging less experience social workers and providing constructive criticism where appropriate. SSWs will deliver and supervise social work interventions, including holding complex cases themselves and making key decisions that impact both children and families and the performance of the service.

We are currently looking for Senior Social Workers to join the following teams:

-        Assessment

-        Intervention

-        Children in Care

-        Fostering/Placement Service

-        SEND 0-18 (Children with Disabilities)

Please specify which team/s you are interested in as part of your supporting statement when you apply.

For more information and a full list of duties please download the job description.


‘People at the heart of everything we do’

We're looking for resilient, experienced Senior Social Workers who are passionate about improving children and young people’s lives. You are full of energy and enthusiasm, taking a creative but pragmatic approach to practice, setting SMART goals to help create change where it’s needed to achieve positive outcomes for our children and their families. You already embrace our people-focused values and want to be an active part of our ‘Newham Together’ journey.

You have previous experience and an understanding of working within a diverse, urban community; and share our ambition and energy in embracing new ways of working. You have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development and that of those around you, especially less experienced and student social workers starting out on their social work careers. You are always open to learning and to helping others learn so that children and families can benefit from our best practice.

We’re looking for people who have a genuine interest in a restorative, relationship based practice model drawing on systemic thinking to inform your approach to building effective relationships with children, families and communities.


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

Please visit our Children’s Social Care recruitment microsite to find out more about the training and development opportunities on offer: https://children.newhamsocialworkerjobs.com/

We will offer you:

-        A competitive package. 

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

-        Smarter Working with new modern technology.

-        New Social Work Academy with training in Systemic practice and weekly lunchtime training seminars.

-        We’re looking at how best to approach development plans and an internal careers fair is planned for 2021.

-        ‘Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust where Systemic and Restorative practice will be encouraged to flourish.

-        Oyster card/parking permit for business use.

-        Permanent and stable senior leadership with a consistent vision.

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

-        Travel season ticket loan, cycle scheme, Local Authority pension.

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


 *For Internal Applicants*

To apply please submit an expression of interest in line with the JD/Person spec, stating clearly which team/s you are interested in joining, along with your CV.

The expression of interest should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification in the job description, in relation to your chosen team/s. It should not exceed 2 sides of A4.

Applicants applying for their own position (agency Advanced Practitioners) may or may not have to interview dependent on whether or not there is competition for the post. A discussion with management may be adequate.

Closing date: 11/04/2021 at 23:59

Interviews: Week commencing 22/04/2021

Whilst affected by COVID-19, interviews may be facilitated by video, using Skype or Zoom.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process or want to discuss being a Senior Social Worker at Newham with one of our managers, please contact: Liam Barrell; Recruitment and Onboarding Lead, at liam.barrell@newham.gov.uk.

Please view Senior Social Worker 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 req

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham.
  • Reference: 435
  • Published: Fri 19/03/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 11/04/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £40,000 - £49,999
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Greater London

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