London Borough of Newham
Newham Dockside E16 2QU, United Kingdom
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Newham Together – The best place for children and young people

Newham is a diverse and aspirational borough with huge potential. Having recently been through a massive shift in direction following both the newly elected Mayor, appointment of the Chief Executive and to the Children’s and Young People’s Service (CYPS) senior leadership team, including the Corporate Director of CYPS and Director of Operations. We are now starting a journey of transformation and improvement that will put people at the heart of everything we do and create opportunities for everyone.

Newham is creating a culture of learning and curiosity where we value worker feedback in designing and providing development opportunities. We want all NQSWs who successfully complete their ASYE with us to have a positive experience in the first year of their social work career, learning about all aspects of the Journey of the Child and how they experience the social care system. We intend to produce skilled and knowledgeable workers who will support Newham’s children, young people and families in staying safe and reaching their fullest potential.

To achieve this, Newham has consulted with our current and previous NQSWs and listened to their feedback. We are implementing a new in-house ASYE programme which will provide Newly Qualified Social Workers support from both their line managers and the wider department via the Workforce Development Team. They can expect monthly training to help develop their knowledge and skills and learn the fundamentals of social work in a Child and Young People’s Service. Managers will work with them to embed this training in their practice, and regular group supervision with peers will enable them to share and learn from each other’s experiences.

NQSWs will receive support in ensuring that their ASYE portfolio is a meaningful document that accurately charts their development through the year. They will start with low caseloads which will rise throughout the year to ensure that work is kept challenging, but never overwhelming. They will be exposed to Child Protection cases from the start of their ASYE in the form of observations and joint work, however will not hold CP cases until ready for these to be introduced into their caseload in a supervised and controlled manner. They will learn policy, procedures, thresholds, direct work skills and risk management with the whole department backing them up.

Overall Purpose of Job.

  1. To undertake professional responsibility for a case load of statutory child care cases at a level appropriate for a Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW).
  2. To undertake the Newham Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) Programme and complete the work required in this programme, including training, group supervision and the ASYE Portfolio.
  3. To develop professional skills in a supported and structured environment to the standard required by the ASYE Programme.
  4. To contribute to improving the resilience and independence of Newham’s children, young people and their families
  5. To ensure each child’s personal record is maintained within the Social Work England required standards.

About You

  • You will be a newly qualified social worker (graduated within the past 2 years) with experience of working with children and families from your placement.
  • You will need to be Social Work England registered (or eligible once qualified) and ready to commence your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) and hold a recognised social work qualification.

Our Offer

  • Strong culture of practice education and support for ASYEs.
  • Learning & Development: Clear competency and career progression framework. Foundation systemic practice training for social work practitioners and wider workforce development package to enhance your skills. Opportunities to qualify in post-graduate qualifications in systemic practice.
  • Money matters: Retention bonus of £5,000pa paid monthly, and a salary increase of two increments on successful completion of the programme.
  • Priority when buying a home under our NewShare scheme. Subsidised leisure passes. Generous annual leave allowance. Local government pension scheme.
  • Access to smart technology and flexible working.

For more information please contact, Liam Barrell, Social Care Recruitment and Retention Officer, on Tel: 0203 373 4376 or Email:

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).

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