Our Services

All social work roles in Newham share the same core job description, which explains the key responsibilities involved. Social workers operate in various services within the Children and Young People’s Directorate.

The information below introduces you to our Heads of the Service and outlines the different areas of work and specific requirements.

All of our current roles are listed on our Vacancies page. You only need to make one application, even if you are interested in more than one role – just remember to tell us which services most interest you.

Early Help, MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub), Assessment and NRPF (no recourse to public funds)

Head of Service - Mahfuzul Khan

Our MASH and Assessment services work closely together, ensuring we act quickly and appropriately to ensure the best decisions are made for children and young people.

Our MASH is a single point of contact for all safeguarding referrals. It provides a framework for partner agencies to work together to best support and safeguard children by sharing and analysing information that is held about them.

The MASH aims to provide a proportionate, timely and coordinated approach to children in need and/or at risk in the borough – through collaborative partnership working that places the child at the centre of decision making and ensures the right help is identified at the outset.

The Assessment service has six teams working to ensure families receive timely contact when a referral is made for a statutory intervention. We follow a systemic approach to working with families, listening to children to ensure their needs are at the heart of our intervention. We work with families to deliver timely assessments with clear and meaningful plans to enable positive outcomes.

Please click here to see specific requirements for this service.

Intervention and Safeguarding 

Head of Service - Nasima Patel

Newham’s Intervention and Safeguarding service provides the majority of support for families under Child in Need and Child Protection plans, up to shortly after a child becomes looked after.

Our Intervention and Safeguarding social workers operate in four area teams, giving them the opportunity to become familiar with the schools, health visitors and other community services in their area – and enabling them to build relationships with the partners they will encounter regularly.

Please click here to see specific requirements​ for this service.

Children in Care, and Leaving Care

Head of Service - Carlos Galaz

Social Workers in Children in Care receive support and supervision from a Practice Leader and work within a close-knit team of five-to-six social workers.

Social Workers in Leaving Care Work with a Practice Leader and four-to-five Personal Advisors, acting as fully qualified support for our care leavers.​​

We have focussed our resources to support social workers to deliver high quality assessments, plans and direct work to improve the lived experience and outcomes for children. We are committed to a work culture where staff are listened to and engaged with developing a new practice model.

We are providing new learning and development opportunities for social workers to ensure their knowledge and skills, creating opportunities to expand interests and skills further.

Please click here to see specific requirements​ for this service.

Care Provision and Support (including Fostering)

Head of Service Head of Service - Victor Cook

Our Care Provision and Support service encompasses Fostering, Permanency, Pause and our Brokerage team. Social Workers in the service are responsible for the recruitment and supervision and support of approved foster carers, completing Annual Reviews and ensuring carers meet the National Minimum Standards for Foster Care.​

This service overlaps with the Intervention service as the Divert! team works with children who are at risk of coming into care and remain involved for a period if or when a child does enter the care system. Although the Social Worker will change, due to the structure of the department mentioned above, the Divert! worker will be a constant for them over this time. Once in care, they will remain in this service until either they return home, or they reach the age where Leaving Care services are no longer required. This service therefore provides continuity through the processes of entering care, and their pathway out of care after they turn 18. 

Please click here to see the specific requirements for Divert!

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (0-25)

Head of Service - Roz Pither

The Special Educational Needs and Disability service bridges social care and education to work with children whose needs require significant additional support. As these needs are not confined to one of these environments, these combined services are able to focus on the child and their family’s needs, rather than trying to address these separately in the school and at home contexts. 

Please note - due to the specialist requirements for a social worker in this service, the recruitment process will be slightly different.

Clinical Team 

Senior Family Therapist and Social Worker - Philippa Simons

The Clinical Team provides support and expert advice to social care staff in using systemic ideas in their Social Work practice and interventions. All are dual qualified as Social Workers and Systemic Family Therapists who work alongside the allocated social worker and support with group supervsion and case consultation.

This service is fundamental to helping embed the Practice Framework, giving practitioners practical support so that they can learn systemic theory and tools by applying them to their cases in real time.

The Clinical Team is currently fully staffed, meaning all children’s social workers in Newham enjoy access to their expertise and support.