Senior Social Worker - Assessment

Posted 15th Mar, 2024
£54,083 – £57,116
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
27th Apr, 2024
About the role

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. We have 6 teams in our Assessment Service, our large workforce being intended to keep caseloads manageable. This also means duty weeks come few and far between for our staff; duty is once every 6 weeks at Newham. 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.

We value our Senior Social Workers and understand the importance of supporting your learning, development and ambition, as well as your wellbeing. With this in mind, in the Assessment Service we recognise the rewards as well as the challenges that the nature of the work brings. We have a bespoke offer through our very own clinical service and support to social work teams is provided following duty week through our ‘Duty Debrief’ meeting. Our embedded systemic family psychotherapist facilitates group discussion and the processing of the duty week experience, and it is an opportunity to share observations among the team, to identify and address challenges, and to prioritise staff wellbeing. The family therapist is also available for joint work with social workers on visits and consultations. Our social workers have fed back that this offer has enhanced their practice and development and helped them with embedding systemic practice into the service. 


About you

You have at least 3 years’ post qualified experience and an understanding of working effectively within a diverse, urban community. You 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. You have experience working in a statutory referral and assessment service.

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. 

About Newham

We Are Newham. 

We’re a vibrant, dynamic, culturally rich inner London Borough with a young population and bags of potential. We’re a challenging yet rewarding place to practise social work, with the networks in place to enable you to be the best social worker you can be and make a real difference to our children and their families. Our social care services were rated to be GOOD overall by Ofsted, with leadership rated as OUTSTANDING, but we have not stopped striving to be better.

We’ve been working tirelessly to establish a Centre of Excellence for Children’s Services through investment, co-production and by continuously developing our 'Circles of Support' practice model; centring on systemic and restorative practice and a specialist support offer for our practitioners. Don’t just take our word for it – Circles of Support was recently nominated for the prestigious MJ Innovation in Children’s/Adults Services award. 

Ofsted described Newham as having a positive culture of learning and development and we always try to develop talent in-house. We’ve promoted 40 internal colleagues during the past two years, and have put 46 practitioners through systemic higher education since 2020. We value your development and at Newham career progression is reality for many. We also understand how tough social work can be – so most of our QSW posts involve only 1 day per week in the office alongside flexible working. We want to maximise your wellbeing and make life easier.

We’ve been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise.

  • We’re a GOOD local authority and have established a centre of excellence for Children’s Services.

  • Ofsted reported that we have OUTSTANDING senior leadership.

  • Stability: 100% of our Service Managers and 71% of Team Managers are permanent.

  • Our firmly established practice model, Circles of Support, was recently nominated for the prestigious MJ Award for Innovation in Children’s Services and allows systemic, restorative practice to flourish.

  • We offer genuine flexible working, with only 1 day in the office per week (off duty)

  • Career progression; we’ve promoted 37 internal colleagues in the past 2 years.

  • Social Care Academy – 47 social workers have studied for systemic higher education with us since 2020.

  • A competitive package of up to £54,890 (includes market supplement).

  • Oyster card/parking permit for business use.

  • Wellbeing service, leisure and discount benefits (Council scheme).

  • Travel season ticket loan, cycle scheme, Local Authority pension.