Social worker recruitment

Jobs and training

We want Waltham Forest’s Social Services to be a career destination.

As part of a supportive, challenging and inspirational team, existing practitioners and new joiners can:

  • Make their mark
  • Develop their career
  • Improve the lives of adults, children and their families in the borough

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Here at Waltham Forest we are proud of our achievements, whether being London’s very first Borough of Culture or the Local Authority of the Year 2019. Now is a truly exciting time to be joining us! 


Families at the Heart of Our Place is our approach to working alongside the residents of Waltham Forest; where we recognise that in order to support families to make changes that are helpful and sustainable we need to establish strong, meaningful relationships with them and work with all members of the family.

We know relationships make the difference and we recognise the need to be innovative and to do things differently which is why we are not only clear on what we can deliver for our residents but also for our staff. As a member of the team you will have access to a wide range of training and development courses, specialised post-qualifying and consolidation learning opportunities, regular reflective supervision, a comprehensive induction along with opportunities for career progression. Join us where you can make a real difference to people’s lives and make your mark on social work practice!

What our staff say Click to get info

As a borough which celebrates diversity and inclusivity, we believe that it is important for you to hear from a cross-section of staff working within Waltham Forest.

Hear from Amanda

Hear from Diane

Hear from Michael

Hear from Rebecca

Hear from Wilbert

How our staff feel about working in Waltham Forest is important to us and we regularly test this

100% of respondents from child social care and 100% from adult social care either strongly agreed or agreed with the statement, ‘The training provided allow me to meet my Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs.’

100% of respondents from child social care and 100% from adult social care either strongly agreed or agreed with the statement, ‘The training organised helps me to understand and effectively meet the needs of service users.’
- OHC Report

What our residents say Click to get info

‘‘I have the best social worker. She listens to me when I need to ask her something and she is always clear with me that is why she is the best.’’

‘‘She's been my Social Worker for many years and she knows and understands me very well, especially my quirky ways and my Lego models.’’

‘‘I’d like to thank you for all your efforts in arranging my relative’s move to a care home. It hasn’t been easy over the last few months but you have shown the difference it makes to have social workers with compassion, understanding and local knowledge’’

‘‘I just wanted to drop you a line regarding my occupational therapist. He treated me with respect and dignity at all times, and made repeated visits, going out of his way to check everything possible had been done to adapt my new home.’’

‘‘My relative who was resident in a care home stated how happy she was and how staff were so caring. Please pass on my sincere thanks’’

Waltham Forest is at the forefront of national practice and prides itself on being a first class learning organisation.

This has enabled us to build and expand upon our recent successes to not only continue existing programmes but embrace a range of innovative fast-track programmes, participate in national pilots and form new collaborative partnerships. These include: 

Our offer to you Click to get info

Staff Benefits

Social Worker: Safeguarding and Corporate Parenting who case hold children’s cases;
An annual Retention bonus of £3,000.00 will be made to those Social Workers working within these specialisms once they have completed their probationary period with the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

All other qualified Social Workers;
An annual Retention bonus of £2,000.00 will be made for these employees, once they have completed their probationary period with the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Newly qualified Social Worker (ASYE: Assessed and Supported Year in Employment);
Newly qualified Social Workers joining the Council will receive £1,000 upon joining the Council and will then receive £1,000 upon completion of the initial period of 12 months. Thereafter, an annual Retention bonus of £2,000.00.

Continuous professional development;
We recognise the importance of learning and development and the Continued Professional Development of our staff to enable them to meet the varying needs of our residents and those in need of care and support.  In addition to our core Learning & Development offer, our career progression framework recognises that staff may not always follow a linear trajectory so where possible; our framework accounts for staff who may want to move horizontally within the organisation to expand their repertoire of knowledge, skills and experience.

‘Social workers appreciate the opportunity to continually develop and progress in their careers and are supported to do so.’’
Extract from Ofsted inspection report Jan - Feb 2019

‘’Staff undertook training and received regular supervision to help support them to provide effective care. Staff we spoke with had a good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).’’
Extract from CQC inspection report June 2017

For additional employee benefits;