QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKERS* – CHILDREN’S SERVICES
£41,138 - £51,857pa (includes £5k market supplement)
Hybrid, flexible working with maximum 2 days at Newham Dockside, E16 2QU
Closing date: Please apply ASAP – interviews ASAP
*Candidates must hold a valid social work qualification and be registered to practise with Social Work England. Candidates need to have completed their ASYE or have equivalent levels of experience practising as a registered social worker.
We Are Newham.
We’re a vibrant, dynamic, culturally rich London Borough with a young population and bags of potential. We’re a challenging yet rewarding place to practise social work, with the support networks in place to enable you to be the best social worker you can be and make a real difference to our children and their families. Our social care services were rated to be GOOD overall by Ofsted, with leadership rated as OUTSTANDING, but we have not stopped striving to be better.
Ofsted described Newham as having a positive culture of learning and development and we always try to develop talent internally. We’ve promoted 40 internal colleagues during the past two years, and have put 46 practitioners through their systemic higher education since 2020. We value your development and at Newham career progression is real. We also understand how tough social work can be – so most of our QSW posts involve only 1 or 2 days per week in the office alongside flexible working, to maximise your wellbeing and make life easier.
Apply now, and be part of our success.
Find out a bit more about working for us by watching our recruitment video.
ABOUT THE JOB AND ABOUT YOU
We are currently recruiting for qualified social workers across Children’s services, and have vacancies for permanent social workers to join us in the following areas:
- DCYPS (CwD/Children with SEND)
- No Recourse to Public Funds team *candidates need experience of NRPF*
- MASH *candidates need MASH/front door experience*
Please specify which team you are interested in applying for in your supporting statement/application.
We are looking for social workers who have completed their ASYE year and ideally have picked up further experience in the team/service they are applying for. Experience requirements can vary from team to team due to the existing experience levels of our current social workers.
We’re looking for social workers 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, young people and their families.
We want to work with energetic, empathetic social workers that are keen to reach positive outcomes for children and families whilst taking full advantage of the learning, support and personal development that Newham offers. We’re big on career development and the rapid pace of our improvement has made internal progression a realistic possibility for high performers – get in touch for more information on our career pathway.
If you have a question relating to any of our teams or services please get in touch via email.
*Note on Assessment Service - Assessment at Newham have weekly debriefs and duty is once every 6 weeks, less frequent than many LAs.
**Note on Intervention - Although there is involvement in proceedings, court work has largely been moved from Intervention to our Children in Care service so that our Intervention teams can focus on direct work with families and improved outcomes for children and young people.
WHY WORK WITH US?
We’ve been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise social work.
- We’re a GOOD local authority and have established a centre of excellence for Children’s Services.
- Ofsted reported that we have OUTSTANDING senior leadership.
- Stability: 100% of our Service Managers and 71% of Team Managers are permanent.
- Our firmly established practice model, Circles of Support, was recently nominated for the prestigious MJ Award for Innovation in Children’s Services and allows systemic, restorative practice to flourish.
- We offer genuine flexible working, with only 1 day in the office per week (off duty)
- Career progression; we’ve promoted 37 internal colleagues in the past 2 years.
- Social Care Academy – 47 social workers have studied for systemic higher education with us since 2020.
- A competitive package of up to £SALARY (includes market supplement).
- Oyster card/parking permit for business use.
- Wellbeing service, leisure and discount benefits (Council scheme).
- Travel season ticket loan, cycle scheme, Local Authority pension.
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. Please specify in the statement which team/service you wish to join.
Shortlisting decisions will be based on candidates' relevant experience and on candidates' suitability for the role, as described in their supporting statement and CV, in line with the person specification and the current needs of our social work teams.
Closing date: Rolling advert – please apply ASAP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are committed to creating an inclusive, anti-racist environment for all. When you apply for a job at Newham, your application is considered on its merits regardless of your age, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender identity or sexual orientation. If you share our vision and values, and you bring the experience and skills we need, that’s all that matters to us.
The London Borough of Newham has important responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you are appointed to a job that involves working with these groups, you may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.
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