London Borough of Newham
London, United Kingdom
Job Type
Salary Range
Package up to £47,684
Closing Date
12/07/2020 at 23:59
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Permanent – Full time, flexible hours

Newham Dockside, E16 2QU

Deadline for applications: 23:59 on the 12/07/2020

Please note - we are not considering newly qualified SWs at this time. 


Newham Together – The best place for children and young people.

Children's social care in Newham is on a journey of transformation that will put people at the heart of everything we do and create opportunities for all. A newly established permanent senior leadership team who are focused on practice, and committed to creating a culture where social work and social workers can flourish, are now looking for exceptional social workers to join them. We value continuous learning and career development and our positive organisational change will offer fantastic opportunities for social workers who share our ambition.

We want to be a centre of excellence for Children’s social care by 2023, and the foundations of the clearly articulated ‘Newham Together’ Practice Framework based on Co-Production, Curiosity, Compassion, Confidence, Clarity and Community, a Practice Learning Framework and a Social Care Academy are now in place to help us get there.

If you are committed to changing the lives of children and young people whilst being supported in your own professional and career development then come to Newham.

Apply now, and be part of our success.



Our MASH and Assessment services work closely together, ensuring we act quickly and appropriately to ensure the best decisions are achieved for our children and young people. Our MASH is a single point of contact for all safeguarding referrals for children. MASH provides a delivery framework that enables partner agencies to work together to support and safeguard children by sharing and analysing information that is held about them. The service intends to provide a proportionate, timely and coordinated approach to all children in need and/or at risk within the Borough through collaborative partnership working that places the child at the centre of decision making and ensures that the right help is identified at the outset.

We have six teams in the assessment service to ensure families receive timely intervention when a referral is progressed for a statutory intervention. We follow a relational practice approach using systemic ideas when working with families with direct work with children at the centre of our intervention. We are focused on offering timely assessments to families to ensure that there is a clear and meaningfully plan that enables positive outcome for their children.

Social Workers in MASH and Assessment receive support and supervision from a Team Manager and work within teams of up to 6 social workers. Newham presents all of the challenges you would expect from an inner London borough with a large, young population; and you will be given the tools to practice safely and effectively with children and their families. We have invested in smarter modern technology and are reducing caseloads to enable you to spend your time where it matters most; ensuring that timely, appropriate, and effective decisions are made when children and young people are referred to or enter the service.

You will be expected to be an embodiment of the 'Newham Together' practice model, and will work collaboratively with colleagues and other services, sharing our commitment to taking a Restorative approach to achieving positive outcomes for our children and young people.

We are currently recruiting social workers on a permanent basis for the following services:


- Assessment



‘People at the heart of everything we do’

We're looking for resilient, experienced Social Workers who are passionate about improving children and young people’s lives. 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 our children and their families. You already embrace our people-focused values and want to be an active part of our ‘Newham Together’ journey. You want to make a difference. You like direct work and put children at the centre of direct work. You like having conversations with families to understand their context to enable you to determine the best outcome for their children.

You have previous experience and an understanding of working within a diverse, urban community; and share our ambition and energy in embracing new ways of working. You are always open to learning and to helping others learn so that children and families can benefit from our best practice. You have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development and the potential that comes with this – for you, your colleagues, and ultimately for children in their families and community.

We’re looking for people who have a genuine interest in relationship based practice model drawing on systemic thinking to inform your approach to building effective relationships with children, families and communities. We need you to be passionate about improving the lived experience of children and being aspirational for them, their outcomes and celebrating their achievements. You will take your place in a culture where learning is valued and encouraged, where the voices of practitioners are respected, and where we work together as a whole service and whole system to be the change we want to see.



We've been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise social work.

We will offer you:

  •  A competitive package of up to £47,684pa.
  •  Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home.
  •  Smarter Working with new modern technology.
  •  New Social Work Academy and training in Systemic practice.
  •  'Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust.
  •  Systemic and Restorative practice will be encouraged to flourish.
  •  Oyster card/parking permit for business use.
  •  Excellent transport links to the rest of the capital.
  •  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.

For an informal discussion about being a social worker in MASH or Assessment at Newham, please contact Mahfuzul Khan; Head of MASH and Assessment



Please submit a CV and provide a supporting statement in the additional information section after clicking apply. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification in the job description in relation to either MASH or Assessment.

Shortlisting decisions will be based on candidates' relevant experience and on candidates' suitability for the role in line with the person specification, as described in their supporting statement.

Closing date: 12/07/2020 at 23:59

Assessment and Interviews: 16/07/2020

Whilst affected by COVID-19, interviews will be facilitated by video, using Skype or Zoom.


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.

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