We've noticed you are using Internet Explorer. This is an outdated Web Browser and is not supported by this website. Consider switching to a moden Web Browser like Google Chrome.
This Vacancy has closed.

Social Worker - Leaving Care

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 1044
  • Published: Thu 18/11/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 12/12/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £30,000 - £44,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Greater London



UP TO £48,860pa (includes £5k market supplement)

Closing date: 12/12/2021 at 23:59

Job description

Newham Together – The best place for children and young people (click here to view our recruitment video)

There has never been a more exciting time to practice, develop, and grow as a Social Worker at Newham.

Social Workers 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. 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.

We are continuing to look at innovative ways of working and how we can offer maximum flexibility to our social workers – remote working wherever possible is now a reality at Newham. We know that social workers are most effective when they’re happy, healthy and able to work flexibly, so we’ve recently implemented wellbeing initiatives and invested in new roles and are redesigning services to reduce caseloads and give back something invaluable to our social workers – their time.

Joining Newham as we continue with our improvement journey will be an invaluable experience and look great on any Social Worker’s CV.

Apply now, and be part of our success.


We are currently looking for permanent qualified social workers to join our Leaving Care service. Our Leaving Care Service is made up of 4 teams, with each team consisting of one Team Manager, one Social Worker, and five Personal Advisors.

Social Workers in Leaving Care take on more complex cases whilst supporting their non-qualified colleagues to support our Care Leavers. Social Workers in Leaving Care will ensure that Care Leavers have realistic and progressive pathway plans in place, striving to help them build safe relationships with family and kinship networks. Social workers will build trusting and genuine relationships with care leavers, facilitating open and honest dialogues with them to ensure that all risks are assessed and appropriate safety plans are in place.

For further information detailing the role of a social worker in Leaving Care please take a look at the relevant section of our Social Worker Duties – Service Specific appendix.

For more information and a full list of duties please view view job description


‘People at the heart of everything we do’

We're looking for resilient, experienced Social Workers who are passionate about improving the lives of our Care Leavers. You are full of energy and enthusiasm, taking a creative but pragmatic approach to practice, setting SMART goals and creating pathway plans to facilitate change where it’s needed. You already embrace our people-focused values and want to be an active part of our ‘Newham Together’ journey.

You have previous experience within a Leaving Care service, and an understanding of working within a diverse, urban community. You also share our ambition and energy in embracing new ways of working. You are always open to learning and to helping others learn so that Care Leavers can benefit from our best practice. You have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development and the potential that comes with this – for you, your colleagues, and ultimately for Care Leavers in their community. You really want to develop yourself and be the best practitioner you can.

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 Care Leavers. You understand your role and its importance – and your guidance and support will direct Care Leavers towards accessing every opportunity to fulfil their potential and to lead fulfilling, happy lives.

You are a qualified social worker and registered with Social Work England.


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 of up to £48,860pa (includes £5k market supplement).
  • 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’ve recently restructured some operational teams to reduce caseloads.
  • We’re reviewing how best to approach personal development plans.
  • ‘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.


To apply please submit your CV and a supporting statement through our recruitment portal. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification in the job description. It should not exceed 2 sides of A4.

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 and CV.

Closing date: 12/12/2021 at 23:59

Interviews: December – before Christmas break

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

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

Additional I

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 1044
  • Published: Thu 18/11/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 12/12/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £30,000 - £44,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Greater London

Vacancy Location