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Senior Social Worker - Children's - Assessment Service
  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 921
  • Published: Tue 28/09/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 19/10/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £45,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

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Senior Social Worker - Children's - Assessment Service



UP TO £51,839pa (includes £5k market supplement)

Remote, flexible working – Newham Dockside

Closing date: 19/10/2021 at 23:59

Job Description

We are holding a virtual Recruitment Open Evening on Thursday 14th October at 19:00. We invite you to join us to find out more about our journey and working for Newham: SIGN UP HERE


Newham Together – The best place for children and young people (click here to view our recruitment video)

There has never been a more exciting time to practice, develop, and grow as a Senior Social Worker at Newham.

Senior Social Workers in Assessment can now look to a Social Care Academy, an expanded QA service, and a team of Family Therapists to support their practice and enrich their learning. Senior Social Workers can also expect significant support to help them achieve personal career goals. These changes are a small part of the positive impact that our permanent, stable senior leadership team are making, which was recognised in our recent Ofsted visit. Newham is moving in the right direction.

We are continuing to look at innovative ways of working and how we can offer maximum flexibility to our social workers – remote working wherever possible is now a reality at Newham. We know that social workers are most effective when they’re happy, healthy and able to work flexibly, so we’ve recently implemented wellbeing initiatives and invested in new roles and are redesigning services to reduce caseloads and give back something invaluable to our social workers – their time.

Joining Newham as we continue with our improvement journey will be an invaluable experience and look great on any Senior Social Worker’s CV.

Apply now, and be part of our success.


Senior Social Workers have a vital case holding role delivering high quality Assessments to best serve our children and families, whilst supporting lesser experienced colleagues. SSWs will potentially take on responsibility for supervising social work students on placement at Newham so we welcome Practice Educators, though this is not essential for the role.

Senior Social Workers at Newham are expected to support colleagues through sharing their knowledge, supporting less experienced colleagues and providing constructive criticism where appropriate. SSWs will deliver and supervise social work interventions, including holding complex cases themselves and making key decisions that impact both children and families and the performance of the service.

Our Assessment service has recently undergone a restructure to reduce caseloads and allow our social workers to focus on what matters most – working with children and families.

For more information and a full list of duties please download the job description.


‘People at the heart of everything we do’

We're looking for resilient, experienced Senior 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 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 have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development and that of those around you, especially less experienced and student social workers starting out on their social work careers. You are always open to learning and to helping others learn so that children and families can benefit from our best practice.

We’re looking for people who have a genuine interest in a restorative, relationship based practice model drawing on systemic thinking to inform your approach to building effective relationships with children, families and communities.

You will be a qualified social worker who is registered with Social Work England.

For an informal chat about the role please get in touch with Shipa Hussain, Assessment Service Manager:


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

Please visit our Children’s Social Care recruitment microsite to find out more about the training and development opportunities on offer:

We will offer you:

  • A competitive package of up to £51,839pa (includes market supplement).
  • Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home.
  • Smarter Working with new modern technology.
  • New Social Work Academy with training in Systemic practice and weekly lunchtime training seminars.
  • ‘Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust where Systemic and Restorative practice will be encouraged to flourish.
  • Oyster card/parking permit for business use.
  • 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.


To apply please submit your CV and a supporting statement (2 sides of A4) through our recruitment portal. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification in the job description, in relation to your chosen team/s. 

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 and CV.

Closing date: 19/10/2021 at 23:59

Interviews: Week commencing 25/10/2021

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