Newham is a diverse borough with a young and vibrant population. There are over 86,000 children and young people in the borough and we want each of them to have the same life chances as young people in other parts of London.
Newham Children and Young People’s Services are currently undertaking an exciting transformation programme to create integrated Early Help and Safeguarding services for our children, young people and families.
Our vision is to get it right the first time for all. We are aligning our services to improve accessibility for residents and to strengthen partnerships between statutory, specialist, early help and universal services.
On our journey to embed systemic practice into all our social care services we have structured the service into practice pods. The new structure has smaller social work pods led by Practice Leaders. This smaller span will enable better grip of case management, higher quality supervision and a stronger learning environment.
We are the first London borough to offer a fully integrated 0-19 health and social care service and have in-house Health Visitors and School Nurses.
If you choose to join Newham as the Designated Officer, you’ll have access to unrivalled learning and development opportunities, retention incentives, and quality management and supervision.
Over the last six years, we’ve driven and benefited hugely from the Olympic legacy and regeneration, but we’re always ambitious to achieve more for our residents. Newham is a great place to practice social work – join us and be a part of our success!
Local Authority Designated Officer
£49,313 pa - £60,261 pa
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified and experienced social worker to act as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
Working in compliance with local policies and procedures and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, the LADO will deliver the statutory functions of the Designated Officer including the management and oversight of allegations against people who work with children. You will be required to chair Allegations against Staff and Volunteers management meetings and provide advice, guidance, support and challenge to employers, voluntary agencies and organisations regarding an employee or volunteer who faces such an allegation.
• An experienced and confident practitioner with management experience to a minimum of team
manager level who has excellent communication and relationship building skills.
• Able to work with a level of professional responsibility and autonomy.
• Skills in training staff to support an understanding of the role across the children’s workforce
• A dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate social worker bringing a comprehensive
knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families and
professionals across the children’s workforce.
• Able to assess effectively, manage risk and plan in an outcome focused way and meaningfully
move cases forward and secure positive outcomes for children.
• Experienced in dealing with complex situations that span across social work practice,
employment and HR processes and the role played by Regulatory bodies relating to the
• Strive to share learning and collaborate with practitioners and multi-agency partners to achieve
outcomes for children and the children’s workforce.
• Remain focused on your own continuous professional development.
In return we offer you:
• Genuine management support:
• Learning & Development: Access to one-to-one coaching and wider workforce development
package to enhance your skills. Clear competency and career progression framework. Access to
smart technology and flexible working.
Interviews are planned for 20 September 2018.
For an informal conversation please contact Beverley Halligan, Head of Social Worker Improvement/Principal Social Worker on 020 373 4986.