Social work - Children and Young People

We’re looking for dynamic and experienced social workers and social work leaders to join our team and be part of delivering excellent services to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.

Our opportunities

We have a number of opportunities for Practice Leaders, Service Managers and for experienced social workers with a minimum of two years post-qualifying experience.
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Why you should 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.

Social workers are at the core of our work with children and families. Our approach is about enabling social workers to build relationships with children, young people and their carers in order to deliver real, meaningful change for children.​

Financial benefits

We offer competitive salary for all our social work roles.
​​Job Salary​
​Newly Qualified Social Worker £31,170
Social Worker​ £33,945 to £42,684​ + £5,000 retention allowance per annum
​Advanced Practitioners £42,684 to £45,585​ + £5,000 retention allowance per annum
​Practice Leaders ​£44,607 to £50,448 + £5,000 retention allowance per annum
​Service Managers ​£56,997 - £70,677
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).
Social work practitioners receive a double increment increase subject to meeting performance and quality standards.
Social workers and Practice Leaders also receive an additional annual recruitment and retention payment of £5k paid monthly and currently under review.
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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. You will have up to 12 days each year for your continuous and professional development.

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)

We also offer: 
  • Free Fit2Work 1-1 wellbeing sessions 
  • Annual free eye tests
  • Occupational health service
  • Paid leave and Working Arrangements
  • Generous annual leave starting at 23 Days and rising to 31 Days
  • 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 in the
  • Christmas period
  • Paid leave for sickness and other special provisions
  • Family friendly leave policy (subject to qualifying criteria)
  • Flexible working policy
  • Excellent transport links
  • Canteen
​​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, 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 Section D 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.


Hear from our staff

Interested in working for us? Hear from our staff on why we think Newham is a great place to be a social worker.

We look forward to hearing from you.

For more information please contact Liam Barrell, Recruitment and Retention Officer on 020 3373 8403 or email​

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