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Social Care Academy Service Manager

  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 842
  • Published: Tue 31/08/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/09/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £50,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

Social Care Academy Service Manager – Directorate of Clinical Practice
New Role/Post
Senior Management role up to £64,422 pa
Permanent – Full time, flexible hours
Newham Dockside, E16 2QU
Closing date: 19/09/2021 


Newham Together – The best place for children and young people.

Children's social care at Newham is on a journey of transformation that will put people at the heart of everything we do and create opportunities for everyone. Our improvement journey is well underway and we are looking for an exceptional social work practitioner and practice supervisor with extensive experience in practice development and education to lead the Newham Social Care Academy. We value continuous learning and career development and our positive organisational change will offer fantastic opportunities for practitioners who share our ambition.

We want to be a centre of excellence for Children’s social care by 2023, Our clearly articulated ‘Newham Together’ Practice Framework based on relational, restorative and systemic social work, privileges Co-Production, Curiosity, Compassion, Confidence, Clarity and Community. The practice framework runs through all we do, including our Practice Learning Framework and our approach to practice development driven by the Newham Social Care Academy.

If you are committed to the importance of a learning culture, thinking and acting creatively and enabling social care practitioners to work alongside families to overcome barriers and make the changes they seek to achieve, then we would like to hear from you.


In the role of the Social Care Academy Service Manager you will be responsible for creating and managing the learning and development opportunities for the children’s social work workforce, supporting them to develop their knowledge, skills and professional capabilities and for driving and developing Newham as a learning organisation.

The Social Care Academy includes the Learning and Development Team, and a team of Practice Development Social Workers, you will also be responsible for the implementation and delivery of the ASYE programme and you will work alongside a team of Family Therapists.

This post reports to the Principal Social Worker, Children and Families.

This is an opportunity   to lead a service that supports social care practitioners to shape, develop and create new ways to practice. You will be required to lead and develop a service that is integral to supporting social care practitioners to balance imagination with rigour. Leading a service that provides the resources and opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to build trusted relationships with the families they work with and achieve the change needed to live safe and independent lives. This is also an opportunity for you to lead a service that makes a real difference in enabling and supporting social care practitioners to achieve their career ambitions and aspirations

You will play a key role in leading and driving a learning organisation. Moving away from a compliance driven culture to one focused on learning and reflection creating the conditions where social work can flourish.

Please refer to the job description for the expected duties of the role.

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‘People at the heart of everything we do’

You will be able to inspire and motivate others to have a thirst and desire for knowledge and the pursuit of continuous learning. Be a self- starter who is curious with the energy and ability to generate ideas and engage others to explore. Be capable of offering both high support and high challenge and be fervent in your desire to support social workers to be the best they can possibly be so that they can help families in Newham to be the best they can possibly be.

You should want to join a Local authority that is changing, one that will welcome your contribution to its developing practice model.  You will be a skilled qualified social worker with experience of systemic practice.

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 have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development and the potential that comes with this.


We have been working hard to make Newham a great place to practice.

We will offer you:

• A competitive package of up to £64,422

• Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home.

• Smarter Working with new modern technology.

• New Social Work Academy and training in Systemic practice.

• 'Newham Together' - a positive, nurturing and collaborative work environment built on trust.

• Systemic and Restorative practice will be encouraged to flourish.

• Oyster card/parking permit for business use. 

• Excellent transport links to the rest of the capital.

• 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.

For an informal discussion about being the Social Care Academy Service Manager at Newham, please contact Beverley Halligan Assistant Director of Professional Practice and Principal Social Worker: Beverley.halligan@newham.gov.uk.


Please submit a CV and provide a supporting statement in the additional information section through our recruitment portal. The supporting statement should demonstrate how you meet the relevant requirements listed in the person specification in the job description.

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.

Closing date: 19/09/2021

Assessment and Interviews: week commencing 4/10/2021


  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 842
  • Published: Tue 31/08/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/09/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £50,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Greater London

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