Overall Purpose of Job.
- To hold responsibility for a case load of statutory child care cases.
- To ensure that each child/young person on the caseload has an appropriate assessment and statutory plan that is relevant for their needs
- To contribute to improving the resilience and independence of Newham’s children, young people and their families
Newham is a diverse borough with a young and vibrant population. There are over 86,000 children and young people in the borough and we want each of them to have the same life chances as young people in other parts of London.
Newham Children and Young People’s Services are currently undertaking an exciting transformation programme to create integrated Early Help and Safeguarding services for our children, young people and families.
Our vision is to get it right the first time for all. We are aligning our services to improve accessibility for residents and to strengthen partnerships between statutory, specialist, early help and universal services.
On our journey to embed systemic practice into all our social care services we have structured the service into practice pods. The new structure has smaller social work pods led by Practice Leaders. This smaller span will enable better grip of case management, higher quality supervision and a stronger learning environment.
We are the first London borough to offer a fully integrated 0-19 health and social care service and have in-house Health Visitors and School Nurses.
If you choose to join Newham as a social worker, you’ll have access to unrivalled learning and development opportunities, retention incentives, and quality management and supervision. Dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate, you will bring comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families.
Over the last six years, we’ve driven and benefited hugely from the Olympic legacy and regeneration, but we’re always ambitious to achieve more for our residents. Newham is a great place to practice social work – join us and be a part of our success!
Our current vacancies are primarily in the Assessment and Intervention teams. We are seeking experienced social workers who have a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience. We would welcome applicants with a background in systemic practice or with an interest in developing their knowledge within this area.
Accountable to and supported by a Practice Leader you will be expected to:
- Hold professional responsibility for a case load of statutory child care cases
- Ensure that every child/young person has a smart plan that ensures review and evaluation of outcomes
- Contribute to improving the resilience and independence of Newham’s children, young people and their families
- Ensure each child’s personal record is maintained within the HCPC required standards.
- Dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate, you'll bring a good knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families.
- Gained 2 years+ post qualifying experience in social work interventions that promote the safety and wellbeing of children
- Be able to assess effectively, manage risk and plan in an outcome focused way
- Be confident in delivering and willing to improve upon effective direct work interventions with families to secure positive outcomes for children
- Able to integrate information and resources from other professionals and family members when undertaking assessments and interventions
- Committed to your own continuous professional development and learning
- Able to integrate systemic practice and strength-based approaches into your work
- Able to work co-operatively and constructively and thrive in a complex environment.
- Innovation: Bespoke, new, intermediate level systemic practice training as part of NewDAy, Newham’s social care innovation programme – see attached flyer for more info. And a chance to be part of our improvement journey.
- Genuine management support: Low supervisor/supervisee ratios. Practice Leaders receive accredited training in systemic supervision with the Institute of Family Therapy to ensure high quality supervision is delivered as standard. Access to mentoring and consultation from trained family therapists. 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 £3000 each year, and a flexible starting salary for the right candidates. Double pay increments every year. 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, Nicole Harman, Social Care Recruitment and Retention Officer, on Tel: 0203 373 8403 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that at the present time we are only recruiting social workers with 2 years+ post qualifying experience.
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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