Senior Social Worker - DCYPS (Children with disabilities service)

Posted 2nd Jul, 2024
£54,083 – £57,116
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Closing date
14th Jul, 2024
About the role

Social Work in Newham is underpinned by a culture of Systemic and Restorative practice with high quality relationships at the heart of our approach. We have strong links with colleagues in adult services, and other specialist Service linked to Children with SEND. 

We are looking for qualified Senior Social Workers who will thrive in a position working in partnership with families to increase independence, promote family resilience and keep children safe from harm.

Social Workers in this team will look after a complex caseload of children with disabilities, in this challenging but hugely rewarding role. Your expertise will span the range of statutory provisions, including Children in Need, children subject to Child Protection Plans, Children in Care and those where Care Proceedings have been initiated. You will work closely with these children and their families to undertake holistic social work assessments to identify risk and need; and work with multi-agency networks to develop and review plans that address and mitigate concerns in a timely manner.

Social Workers in Children with Disabilities are readily required to liaise with health and education professionals to develop support packages for children with complex needs. The ability to understand and navigate multi-agency systems and processes is essential.

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 considerable knowledge and experience working in the SEND space in a qualified social work role, and are fully aware of the issues and challenges that affect children with SEND and their families.

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.

About Newham

We’re a vibrant, dynamic, culturally rich London Borough with a young population and limitless potential. We’re a challenging yet rewarding place for social work practise to flourish and we are steadfastly committed to our workforce being representative of the families that we work with. We are taking coordinated, meaningful and focused action to develop an inclusive culture because we believe this is at the heart of enabling diversity in all respects, including diversity of thought. We are taking positive actions to challenge all forms of discrimination and injustice to help make Newham a fairer and more equitable place for children and families to live, learn and thrive.

We’re building a fairer Newham 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. Ofsted described Newham as having a positive culture of learning and development and we always try to develop talent in-house. We promoted 30 internal colleagues in 2023 alone, and have put more than 47 practitioners through further education since 2020. We value your development and at Newham career progression is a reality for many of our colleagues.

We understand that social work can be a challenging yet ultimately very rewarding profession that makes demands of you personally and professionally. In Newham we value your wellbeing and we aim to ensure that you have a better work/life balance through a remote working offer when you are not visiting children and families, a modern office space for when you’re on site, a flexible working policy where all requests are considered, and a clinical offer to support you to do your best work.

We’ve been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise social work:

-          A commitment to addressing disproportionality wherever we find it.

-          We’re a GOOD local authority focused on reaching excellence.

-          We offer genuinely flexible/hybrid working as long as children and families are supported.

-          Stability: 100% of our Senior 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.

-          Career progression; we promoted 30 internal colleagues in 2023.

-          Social Care Academy – 47 social workers have studied for systemic higher education with us since 2020. Our Academy offer received significant praise from Ofsted.

-          A competitive package for social workers of up to £57,116 (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.