Newham Together - People at the heart of everything we do
Our improvement journey is well underway, but there's plenty of time for you to contribute and be part of our successful transformation. We're big on career development, and our ongoing positive organisational change will offer opportunities for high performing staff to progress.
We have permanent, dedicated senior leadership in place - our Corporate Director of Children's Services (Tim Aldridge) and Director of Operations (Roisin Madden) both joined in 2019 and their visions for the service are really taking shape. We've also recently permanently appointed a Director of Clinical Practice, an AD for Improvement and Change, and an AD for Quality Assurance.
Through adopting a systemic practice model, relationship building, smaller neighbourhood teams, mobile working and developing innovative approaches to tackle specific issues that affect our communities we’re delivering social work interventions that help families to make the changes they need. We are approaching social issues with a united front: 'Newham Together'.
Who We Need
We’re looking for people that share our ambition and energy in embracing new ways of working. We want confident and capable practitioners with the right knowledge and skills to do their job effectively who never stop learning. The embedding of systemic practice and a restorative approach are both key to our journey, and we welcome interest from social workers who flourish and have training or interest in these methods of practice.
If you know how to establish relationships with families and put people at the heart of everything you do, we want to hear from you.
Multi-Agency Triage And Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Our Triage and MASH service is the gateway to early help and statutory services. This benefits from agencies physically located together and includes partners from the police, probation, education, mental health, health visiting, housing and domestic abuse services.
For the purpose of delivering our children in need and child protection services, the borough is subdivided into smaller “neighbourhoods” with key agencies located within each team which we call a Pod. This enables services to be closer to communities and foster closer partnership working with local partners: schools, health, youth centres and voluntary organisations.
Our Looked After Children (LAC) Team
Our Looked After Children (LAC) team works with children in long term care from birth to 18. As a social worker in the LAC team, you will have a mixed caseload and will support permanent placement arrangements and manage transitions.
The Newham Leaving Care Team works with care leavers from age 18 to 25. The role of the team is to assist young people to achieve independence and to live full and healthy lives. We work in close partnership with other agencies such as the Virtual School, PAUSE, Shine and The Money House project to help young people achieve their goals. The main areas that we focus on are health, education, emotional well-being, identity, accommodation and finances.
Each pod is made of up a practice leader and five social workers. This allows practice leaders more time to support social workers and oversee casework. This structure was praised by Ofsted during our recent focused visit in February 2018.