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Social work - Adult Social Care

We are looking for experienced Social Workers and Social Work Leaders. On this page find out what we're looking for and what we can offer​.​​​​

​What we are looking for

We are looking for experienced Social Workers and Social Work Leaders who have experience of working across the following services to join our team and be part of delivering excellent services to improve the outcome for adults to live as independently as possible within the community:
  • Mental Health
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Complex Care
  • Review
  • Hospital
  • AMHP
  • Safeguarding.

Why should you work for us

Newham is a great place to be a Social Worker. It’s an incredibly diverse borough with a young population and is experiencing considerable regeneration as part of the Olympic legacy.  Newham presents challenges and opportunities that will help to take your career to the next level.

The borough is undergoing a transformation with developments and building work continuing. The Local Plan sets out a vision and framework for development in the borough. It addresses needs and opportunities across a number of themes, including housing, the economy, community facilitates, infrastructure, and the environment. 


We have a number of social work vacancies available.


Financial benefits

We offer competitive salary for all our social work roles.

Social workers will receive double increments as they move up the pay scale (Council annual increments increase) to the maximum of spinal point 035 on the scale.
Job​​ ​​Salary
​Newly Qualified Social Worker
​£32,430 per annum
£33,945 per annum 
​Social Worker ​£32,430 - £39,774 per annum
Senior Practitioners​ ​£39,774 - £42,684 per annum
Practice Managers​ ​£42,681 – £45,585 per annum
​Team Managers ​£47,511 - £50,448 per annum
Service Managers​ ​£56,997 - £70,677 per annum
All of the above posts also qualify for a market supplements payment from £1500 to £3000 this is determined by the position held.

There are additional monies available on a voluntary or rota basis (outside of your usual working hours) as follows:
  • Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP’s) are paid a stand by rate of £75.00 each shift and £150.00 per assessment completed
  • ​Best Interest Assessor’s receive £150.00 for each assessment completed.


For newly qualified social workers (NQSWs), there is a national framework in place known as the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). The aim of the ASYE is to ensure that NQSWs receive consistent support in their first year of employment so that they are able to become confident, competent social work professionals. 

It is Newham Council policy to apply a 12 month probation period to all NQSWs across Children & Young Peoples and Adult Social Care Services on the ASYE Programme. The NQSW may be new to Newham Council employment or be an existing staff member who has taken up this new role.

Annual increments are payable until the maximum of the scale is reached (subject to the completion of 6 months satisfactory service within the grade by the employee, 12 months for newly qualified social workers).


Training and Career Progression 

We can provide you with excellent opportunities to develop your Social Work skills and knowledge and to gain experience of working in a dynamic and progressive setting.
  • Social Worker Teaching partnership
  • New appraisal approach
  • ​Career conversations 

Staff Wellbeing

Employee Assistance Programme providing free 24 hour counselling, support and expert advice on personal, financial and legal issues (for employees and members of their family living at the same address).

  • Annual free eye test 
  • Car user mileage allowance
  • Cycle allowance 
  • Subsidised leisure pass
  • Oyster Card
  • Parking Permit
  • ​Mobile Phone
  • Laptop
  • Occupational health service
  • Flexible working policy
  • Excellent transport links
  • Canteen
  • Practice Educator role; opportunity to teach students as part of the teaching partnership
  • Develop your Social Worker role with BIA and AMHP Course
  • Peer supervision sessions and reflective practice
  • Monthly case and development supervision
  • ABC appraisal with a careers discussion
  • Good training package of mandatory and optional course with an opportunity to apply for external courses
  • B2B session, monthly lunchtime sessions, free for all to attend
  • Generous annual leave starting at 23 days and rising to 31 days.  This excludes the 3 days over the Christmas period. 
  • After 5 Years of continuous Local Government Service 28 days
  • After 5 Years of continuous service with Newham 29 days
  • After 7 Years of continuous service with Newham 30 days
  • After 10 Years of continuous service with Newham 31 days
  • Plus 8 UK Public Holidays and 3 days additional leave over the Christmas period
  • Paid leave for sickness 
  • ​Family friendly leave policy (subject to qualifying criteria available immediately below) 
Family leave​ ​Entitlement
Maternity leave ​Newham Council provides up to 52 weeks of maternity leave for a new mother. The first 6 weeks is paid at 90% of pay, and then the next 12 weeks is paid at 50% of pay followed by 13 weeks of Statutory Maternity Pay, with the last 9 weeks being unpaid leave. However, some of this period of leave maybe shared with the father or partner under the shared parental provisions – see below.
​​Paternity Leave ​Paternity leave allows up to 10 days paid leave for new fathers who are caring for a new-born child (or children) or supporting the mother who is caring for a child or children newly placed for adoption or for supporting the adopter.
Parental Leave ​Parental leave is a right to take time off work to look after a child. Parents can use it to spend more time with children and strike a better balance between their work and family commitments. Up to 18 weeks per child, in short or long breaks, can be taken but this leave is unpaid.
​Shared Parental Leave ​Shared Parental Leave enables eligible parents to choose how to share the care of their child during the first year of birth or adoption. Its purpose is to give parents more flexibility in considering how to best care for, and bond with their child. All eligible employees have a statutory right to take Shared Parental Leave.
​Adoption Leave ​Adoption leave mirrors maternity pay and allows up to 52 weeks of leave, with the same provisions as maternity pay. In addition the leave can be shared under the shared parental leave provisions and the partner of the adopter may also qualify for parental leave.

​Further Information

Interested in working for us?  

For more information please contact Nicola Hyde on 020 337 31457 or email​​​

About Newham

Newham is a borough in the Inner East of London, which experiences significant problems with poverty and inequality. 35.6% of employees in Newham are low-paid, the highest percentage in London, and the poverty rate is 37% - ten percentage points higher than the London average and, among London boroughs, lower only than the poverty rate in Tower Hamlets.

However, the number of affordable homes in Newham has increased by 1001 in the three years leading up to 2015 / 2016, which is the forth highest increase in the capital. Whilst the unemployment ratio (6%) is the fifth highest rate in London, it has dropped by 3.8% over the last three year, which is the biggest decrease in London. Newham has one of the youngest populations in the country, as well as having a high proportion of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic residents. 43% of residents in Newham are Asian, according to the 2011 census.​​​

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