London Borough of Newham
Location
Newham Dockside E16 2QU, United Kingdom
Job Type
Category
Salary Range
£42,681 - £45,585
Closing Date
06/04/2020
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Job Overview

About us

We are undergoing a significant period of change when it comes to Children's Social Work. Our leadership are committed to making Newham the best place for children and young people, and we are steadily building a culture of openness, transparency, and accountability, where everyone feels valued and empowered to make a positive impact in families’ lives.
Our new ‘Newham Together’ systemic practice model will adopt a restorative approach, focusing on building relationships with families and each other. We know that the new social workers we bring in will be key to the future of our services. In 2020 Newham will once again be partnering with Frontline in educating prospective social workers. This involves creating a pod of Frontline students who learn about social work while undertaking casework alongside colleagues. Newham has had success with this partnership before and a number of existing social workers have been through Frontline, or know colleagues who gained their qualification through this process.

This post will be directly employed by the London Borough of Newham however will work very closely with the Frontline programme.

About the Job

Consultant Social Worker

£42,681 to £45,585 pa plus a £5000 pa market supplement 12 months Fixed Term

Frontline is an intensive social work qualifying programme which offers people the opportunity to train on the job as child protection social workers. Participants on the programme work in units of four, which are managed by a Consultant Social Worker.
About us

We are undergoing a significant period of change when it comes to Children's Social Work. Our leadership are committed to making Newham the best place for children and young people, and we are steadily building a culture of openness, transparency, and accountability, where everyone feels valued and empowered to make a positive impact in families’ lives.

Our new ‘Newham Together’ systemic practice model will adopt a restorative approach, focusing on building relationships with families and each other. We know that the new social workers we bring in will be key to the future of our services. In 2020 Newham will once again be partnering with Frontline in educating prospective social workers. This involves creating a pod of Frontline students who learn about social work while undertaking casework alongside colleagues. Newham has had success with this partnership before and a number of existing social workers have been through Frontline, or know colleagues who gained their qualification through this process.

This post will be directly employed by the London Borough of Newham however will work very closely with the Frontline programme.

About the Job

Consultant Social Worker

£42,681 to £45,585 pa plus a £5000 pa market supplement
12 months Fixed Term

Frontline is an intensive social work qualifying programme which offers people the opportunity to train on the job as child protection social workers. Participants on the programme work in units of four, which are managed by a Consultant Social Worker.

What is a Consultant Social Worker?
Consultant Social Workers (CSWs) are vital to the Frontline model. Each CSW is responsible for four participants who are undertaking their Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work. CSWs work with participants using a unit model approach – a systemic practice model for working with families, with cases managed through weekly unit meetings. These meetings provide a dynamic learning environment and a reflective space to think systemically about the cases in your unit. The role offers those who wish to remain in practice the opportunity to do so alongside the chance to take on supervisory and management responsibility for a small team. For more information about what a day in the life of a CSW looks like, take a look at our website.

About You

The Consultant Social Worker role requires you to work systemically with families and co-ordinate the work of Frontline participants to develop them into outstanding social workers who will affect positive change for children.

The post requires individuals who are skilled practitioners. You will have experience of building productive relationships with children and families, managing risk effectively and working with complexity. You will therefore have a proven track record in improving outcomes for families and children. You will use this experience, knowledge and skill to support the participants to learn and develop over the year.

The role requires a high level of professionalism and organisational skill. Importantly, Newham and Frontline are looking for individuals who want to see change to social work practice and education, and who are dedicated to achieving this.

Additional Information

To apply: *deadline Monday 6th April 09:00*

Please note you must be prepared to submit a video application as part of your application for the Consultant Social Worker role.

To apply:

1. Complete Newham's online application form (you do not need to complete the additional information section).

2. Take part in a video assessment. Please email londonandtheeast@thefrontline.org.uk who will send you a link to access the video interview. The link will take you through a step by step process of how to set up the software as well as giving you tips on how to prepare. You will be asked 5 questions and given between 1 and 2 minutes to record each answer. There is also some time to think through and plan your answer. The video recording will then be sent to us for shortlisting.

You must submit your application and complete the video assessment no later than 09:00 on Monday 6th April.

Additional Information

Selection process:

Shortlisted candidates are invited to an assessment day where you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in different contexts. We have found traditional interviews alone do not always give candidates the best opportunity to demonstrate all their skills but our assessment days have been designed to give you the chance to show us all your strengths in a range of different activities.

The assessment day consists of:
- a panel interview
- a written activity
- a listening activity
- a role play activity

The assessment day will be held at Newham Dockside (E16 2QU) on Monday 13 April 2020.

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 required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 0203 373 0909.


Consultant Social Workers (CSWs) are vital to the Frontline model. Each CSW is responsible for four participants who are undertaking their Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work. CSWs work with participants using a unit model approach – a systemic practice model for working with families, with cases managed through weekly unit meetings. These meetings provide a dynamic learning environment and a reflective space to think systemically about the cases in your unit. The role offers those who wish to remain in practice the opportunity to do so alongside the chance to take on supervisory and management responsibility for a small team. For more information about what a day in the life of a CSW looks like, take a look at our website.

About You

The Consultant Social Worker role requires you to work systemically with families and co-ordinate the work of Frontline participants to develop them into outstanding social workers who will affect positive change for children.

The post requires individuals who are skilled practitioners. You will have experience of building productive relationships with children and families, managing risk effectively and working with complexity. You will therefore have a proven track record in improving outcomes for families and children. You will use this experience, knowledge and skill to support the participants to learn and develop over the year.

The role requires a high level of professionalism and organisational skill. Importantly, Newham and Frontline are looking for individuals who want to see change to social work practice and education, and who are dedicated to achieving this.

Additional Information

To apply: *deadline Monday 30th March 09:00*
Please note you must be prepared to submit a video application as part of your application for the Consultant Social Worker role.
To apply:
1. Complete Newham's online application form (you do not need to complete the additional information section).

2. Take part in a video assessment. Please email londonandtheeast@thefrontline.org.uk who will send you a link to access the video interview. The link will take you through a step by step process of how to set up the software as well as giving you tips on how to prepare. You will be asked 5 questions and given between 1 and 2 minutes to record each answer. There is also some time to think through and plan your answer. The video recording will then be sent to us for shortlisting.

You must submit your application and complete the video assessment no later than 09:00 on Monday 6th April.

Additional Information

Selection process:
Shortlisted candidates are invited to an assessment day where you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in different contexts. We have found traditional interviews alone do not always give candidates the best opportunity to demonstrate all their skills but our assessment days have been designed to give you the chance to show us all your strengths in a range of different activities.
The assessment day consists of:
- a panel interview
- a written activity
- a listening activity
- a role play activity

The assessment day will be held at Newham Dockside (E16 2QU) on Monday 13th April 2020.

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 required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 0203 373 0909.

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