SOCIAL WORKERS – CHILDREN’S - SEND 0-18
UP TO £48,860pa
Closing date: 25/04/2020 at 23:59
Newham Together – The best place for children and young people.
There has never been a more exciting time to grow and develop as a Senior Social Worker at Newham, and whilst the last 12 months have difficult for many we have not allowed challenging times to disrupt our programme of improvement and have continued driving towards our target of becoming a centre of excellence for children’s social care by 2023.
Senior Social Workers at Newham can now look to a Social Care Academy, an expanded QA service, and a team of Family Therapists to support their practice and enrich their learning. Senior Social Workers can also expect significant support to help them achieve personal career goals. These changes are a small part of the positive impact that our permanent, stable senior leadership team are making, which was recognised in our recent Ofsted visit. Newham is moving in the right direction.
Ofsted also acknowledged our fast and effective response to the covid-19 crisis. Our social workers have been able to practise safely and effectively throughout 2020, and we continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’ to ensure both staff and our young people remain safe. We will continue to put people at the heart of everything we do into 2021 and beyond.
Joining Newham as we continue with our improvement journey will be an invaluable experience and look great on any Senior Social Worker’s CV. Apply now, and be part of our success.
ABOUT THE JOB
We are currently looking for permanent social workers to join our Children with Disabilities/SEND service, working closely with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their families.
Both empathic and enabling, you’ll bring a creative, caring and committed approach to delivering better outcomes for children. Your background could be in social work,
We are looking for experienced Social Workers to join our service. The Children with a Disability Service works with children young people and their families across Newham. 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 Disability.
We are looking for social workers who are passionate about providing quality you’ll thrive in a position working in partnership with families to increase independence, promote family resilience and keep children safe from harm.
You 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.
You’ll be comfortable engaging with a variety of stakeholders and be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written form. Knowledge of alternative methods used to communicate with children with disabilities would be an advantage.
You will be 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.
Your practical skills as a Social Worker will be supported by a working knowledge of the legislation that governs work with Children with Disabilities, including the Children’s Act 1989 as amended, the Children’s Act 2002, the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.
A Social Work qualification is essential and prior experience of working with children with disabilities is desirable.
For more information about the duties of a Social worker at Newham please download the Job Description.
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‘People at the heart of everything we do’
We're looking for resilient, experienced Social Workers with experience of working with children with SEND and are passionate about the quality of life for these children and their families. You are full of energy and enthusiasm, taking a creative but pragmatic approach to practice, setting SMART goals to help create change and achieve positive outcomes for our children and their families. You already embrace our people-focused values and want to be an active part of our ‘Newham Together’ journey.
You have previous experience and an understanding of working within a diverse, urban community; and share our ambition and energy in embracing new ways of working. You are always open to learning and to helping others learn so that children and families can benefit from our best practice. You have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development and the potential that comes with this – for you, your colleagues, and ultimately for children in their families and community. You really want to develop yourself and be the best practitioner you can.
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.
We've been working hard to make Newham a great place to practise social work.
Please visit our Children’s Social Care recruitment microsite to find out more about the training and development opportunities on offer: https://children.newhamsocialworkerjobs.com/
We will offer you:
- A competitive package of up to £48,860pa.
- Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home.
- Smarter Working with new modern technology.
- New Social Work Academy with training in Systemic practice and weekly lunchtime training seminars.
- ‘Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust where Systemic and Restorative practice will be encouraged to flourish.
- Oyster card/parking permit for business use.
- Permanent and stable senior leadership with a consistent vision.
- Wellbeing service, leisure and discount benefits (Council scheme).
- Travel season ticket loan, cycle scheme, Local Authority pension.
- We will be a ‘social work centre of excellence’ by 2023.
To apply please submit your CV and a supporting statement through our recruitment portal.
The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification in the job description. This should be no more than 2 sides of A4.
Shortlisting decisions will be based on candidates' relevant experience and on candidates' suitability for the role in line with the person specification, as described in their supporting statement and CV.
Closing date: 25/04/2021 at 23:59
Interviews: W/c 05/05/2021
Whilst affected by COVID-19, interviews may be facilitated by video, using Skype or Zoom.