About Newham

Newham is a vibrant and developing part of inner London and home to over 350,000 people, making us one of the largest boroughs in London.

We are proud to be one of the most diverse local authority areas in the UK, with over 104 languages spoken by our children and their families. Newham also has a flourishing youth population – almost a quarter of our residents are under-18 - so children's services are always a priority for our Council.

Our Borough has benefited from the Olympic Legacy following the London 2012 Games, with regeneration continuing in the shape of new and affordable homes, high streets, businesses, and public spaces.

As well as the London Stadium (now home to West Ham United) and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (boasting the London Aquatic Centre, the AccelorMittal Orbit and award-winning parkland), Newham is also home to the ExCel Centre, London City Airport, Westfield Stratford City, and the northern bank of the Thames barrier.

Newham also enjoys excellent transport links.  We’re only 15 minutes from the heart of London with the bustling hub at Stratford serving Tube and rail links in to central London and out to the east of England. London City Airport is in Newham, the Emirates Airline cable cars cross the borough, and with Crossrail we now have links even further afield.

About children's social work in Newham

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.

Our offer to you

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.

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