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Senior Social Worker - Leaving Care

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 1640
  • Published: Fri 17/06/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 11/07/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £40,000 - £49,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Greater London



UP TO £52,661pa (includes £5k market supplement)

Remote, flexible working – Newham Dockside

Please apply ASAP, we may interview suitable applicants earlier than the advertised closing date

Closing date: 10/07/2022 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 Senior Social Worker at Newham.

You may have heard that Newham is on a journey to Good in which we are making ground; Ofsted recently recognised the “sustained and steady” progress we are making following our recent monitoring visit, the findings of which you can read in full here. 

Embedding new, permanent Senior Social Workers into our Leaving Care service is key to our ambition of becoming a centre of excellence in Children’s Social Care by 2023; Senior Social Workers are both our present frontline experts and our leaders of the future. Senior 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. 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. 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 implemented wellbeing initiatives and invested in new roles and have redesigned 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 Senior Social Worker’s CV.

Apply now, and be part of our success.


Senior Social Workers (SSWs) in Leaving Care have a vital role delivering high quality social work interventions and support to best serve our care leavers. SSWs will hold the most complex cases whilst supporting a team of Personal Advisors. SSWs Under direction from a Team Manager. SSWs will provide vital, holistic, restorative support to care leavers – this could be to do with employment, finance, housing or signposting to services that will help care leavers overcome their personal challenges. We want our care leavers to live independent, happy, fulfilled lives; and SSWs day to day work will be focused on this.

Senior Social Workers at Newham are expected to support less experienced colleagues by sharing their knowledge and providing insight into what makes our practice great. SSWs will deliver and supervise social work interventions and key decisions that impact care leavers directly in addition to the performance of the service.

To find out more about working in Leaving Care, please contact Deborra John, Service Manager for Leaving Care: deborra.john@newham.gov.uk.

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 the lives of our care leavers. 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 those leaving care. You already embrace our people-focused values and want to be an active part of our ‘Newham Together’ journey – but even more importantly you are committed to improving the odds for young people and dedicated to the wellbeing and development care leavers you will support.

You have at least 3 years’ post qualified experience and an understanding of working effectively with care leavers within a diverse, urban community. You 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 colleagues and Personal Advisors. 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 care leavers.

You will be a qualified social worker who is 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 £52,661pa (includes 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’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.


To apply please submit your CV and a supporting statement (2 sides of A4) through our recruitment portal. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the pe

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  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 1640
  • Published: Fri 17/06/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 11/07/2022, 16:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £40,000 - £49,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Greater London

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