Social Worker - Assessment

Posted 3rd Jun, 2024
Waltham Forest
£38,364 – £52,083
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
13th Jun, 2024
About the role

We're seeking dedicated, qualified and experienced Social Workers to join our Assessment teams. 

We are a supportive, focused, and inspirational service. Our shared purpose is to nurture independence and freedom of choice in our children, young people, and families, helping them to achieve the best possible outcomes. All our staff work together to build and maintain a centre of excellence and best practice. In return for your hard work, we will give you the time and active support you need to make a difference. 

Promoting creativity is at the heart of our agenda to develop social work; you will be encouraged to share ideas, bring about positive change, and strive to continuously improve outcomes for our vulnerable children and young people.


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Key Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct assessments of children and young people’s circumstances and issues to determine intervention / referral to the appropriate service.
  • Plan and implement interventions and actions for allocated cases. Monitor and review cases. Assess in more complex cases, with guidance.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance to colleagues and partner agencies supporting children and young people.
  • Liaise internally and externally and work with colleagues from other agencies to ensure children, young people and carers are supported.
  • Carry out all duties with an awareness and understanding of the safeguarding requirements within area of responsibility.
  • Provide advice and support to children and young people to assist in completing financial assessments.
  • Proactively develop professional knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • Act in accordance with all policies and procedures which apply to the job and understand the reasons for this.
About you
  • Proven social work experience/placement in children and families setting/minimum of one year’s post-qualifying experience
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of issues relating to children in need, child protection and looked-after children, including relevant legislation, guidance and procedures
  • Experience of service delivery which is culturally sensitive and responsive to the needs of a multi-cultural community
  • Able to prioritise and effectively work under pressure
  • Managing a quality service by ensuring key performance indicators relating to service areas are met
  • Ability to work well within a team and maintain clear and regular reporting lines to line manager and senior team members
  • Display agile behaviours and understand change at any given moment and respond to it effectively
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, and to follow through on required actions
  • Commitment to the participation of children, young people and their families both at an individual and service level
  • In rare emergency situations, the ability to work flexible or unsocial hours at short notice


  • Have an understanding of the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 and other relevant legislation, procedures and guidance relating to children and families
  • Awareness of current issues in childcare policy and practice
  • Commitment to the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy and acceptance of responsibility for its practical application.
  • To understand and comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
About Waltham Forest

We know what social work is WORTH! Make the difference to the lives of children and families in Waltham Forest!

Bursting with culture, energy, and opportunity, our borough is a fantastic place where people want to live, work and play.

Why join us at Waltham Forest?

  • 9 out of 10 staff in our social care teams enjoy our strong learning culture, which focuses on new and emerging trends

  • We invest in your development to help you find your niche, specialising in areas underpinned by a clear strengths-based approach

  • Inspiring leadership and ambition rated Outstanding 

  • Diverse and inclusive teams who improve lives and make a real difference – a safe and inclusive environment, with active employee-led networks and initiatives

  • A brand-new Town Hall HQ at Fellowship Square, with innovative and flexible workspace

What our staff say

As a borough which celebrates diversity and inclusivity, we believe that it is important for you to hear from a cross-section of staff working within Waltham Forest. Watch a selection of our staff case studies below.

We offer our staff:

  • A rewarding role in an Ofsted rated GOOD children’s services department

  • Stable leadership rated by Ofsted as OUTSTANDING

  • New Social Work Academy

  • Strong Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offer including Virtual Reality (VR) training

  • Competitive salaries and retention bonuses

  • A range of health & Wellbeing initiatives and vibrant staff-led networks such as our Race Equality Network

  • Flexible working options

  • Manageable caseloads

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

Find out more

If you are interested in having an informal discussion about working in children's social care at Waltham Forest please contact: