About Redbridge

Redbridge is among the fastest growing parts of the country and the third most diverse London borough. Our communities are attracted by a mixture of excellent schools, relatively affordable housing compared to other parts of London, high quality open spaces and rapid transport connections into the heart of the City.

We want Redbridge to be brilliant: as a borough, as a council and as a collection of teams and individuals. A place where our staff work together to help local people maximise their potential. An opportunity to shape the destiny of a booming part of London. Read more about our ambition.

About children's social work in Redbridge

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where staff can flourish and provide our residents with innovative services that meet their needs. Our Corporate strategy outlines our ambitions for Redbridge.

We are looking for individuals to join our team who are innovative and want to be part of a forward looking organisation that is committed to delivering first class services and supporting our staff to be the best that they can be.

We are so proud of our Children and Families’ service. Rated as Outstanding by OFSTED, we offer a whole family approach to the care of children in Redbridge.

We are one of only a few authorities who have achieved this top score under the new inspection framework. Highlights from the report included praises for:

  • Exceptional leadership

  • Promotion of best practice and innovation

  • Highly effective practice

  • Happy and supported staff

  • Meeting emerging problems such as gangs, county lines and exploitation

  • Thoughtful social workers

“Senior managers demonstrate relentless drive and ambition for children.…leading to the provision of consistently strong and highly effective services for them.”

“This exemplary management has created conditions that afford workers the time, professional expertise and capacity to get to know children and young people well.  This best practice secures positive experiences and good progress for children.”

Ofsted, June 2019

“Staff talk positively about how much they enjoy working for Redbridge children’s services and of the high-quality support they receive from managers. Workers who are new to the service or undertaking new roles receive effective induction and increased supervision.”

Ofsted, focused visit April 2022

Our offer to you

We can provide such strong services because of our highly qualified and motivated staff who put children and young people at the heart of everything we do. We offer a range of roles in our services for social workers, family support workers and others at all levels, supported by experienced managers and a variety of learning and development opportunities.

We also continually develop our services to respond to emerging best practice so that we can continue to offer outstanding services to the children and young people in our borough.

Training, development, and support is provided for all our staff from specific programmes for newly qualified social workers through to continuous professional development for more experienced staff.

Children Services are implementing Trauma Informed Practice to equip practitioners to better support the mental health and wellbeing of our children, young people and families.

We want to offer support to frontline staff as we understand working with children, young people and families in the context of abuse, neglect and other adversities place high emotional demands on practitioners.

We offer a range of classroom based and online learning as well as opportunities for reflective practice and learning. We also have opportunities for apprenticeships and a dedicated progression programme for social workers and occupational therapists. The Career Progression Framework is closely linked to the Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework and introduces clear levels of performance and achievement in social work that are directly linked to levels of pay.  This can be used to help identify strengths and areas for development.

In addition we also offer great benefits at Redbridge:

  • Local government pension scheme

  • 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Discounted Car Parking

  • Employee discount scheme

  • Flexible working options including job sharing, compressed hours and term-time working

  • Employee volunteering scheme

  • Employee assistance programme

  • Excellent learning & development opportunities

  • Performance management and career progression support

  • Confidential Employee Support helpline

  • Electric car and bike pool scheme

Find out more

Find more information about working on social care in Redbridge here

If you would like an informal discussion about working in children’s social care at Redbridge please contact Judy Daniels, our Principal Child and Family Social Worker at Judy.Daniels@redbridge.gov.uk