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Become a social worker

We know what social work is WORTH! Make the difference to lives at Waltham Forest

Last updated: 16 March 2023

Next review: 16 March 2024

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Waltham Forest is on an exciting journey to excellence - make it the destination of choice for your social work career.

We have a wide range of roles available right now.

We want to hear from family-focused, committed and innovative social workers.  Use our online form to ask one of our managers about social work in Waltham Forest.

Why join us at Waltham Forest?

  • 9 out of 10 staff in our social care teams enjoy our strong learning culture, which focuses on new and emerging trends
  • We invest in your development to help you find your niche, specialising in areas underpinned by a clear strengths-based approach
  • Inspiring leadership and ambition rated Outstanding 
  • Diverse and inclusive teams who improve lives and make a real difference – a safe and inclusive environment, with active employee-led networks and initiatives
  • A brand-new Town Hall HQ at Fellowship Square, with innovative and flexible workspace

Investing in the future

We know that Waltham Forest is a great place to work now, but we also know that it is essential to invest in the future. That is why we have recently redeveloped our prestigious town hall complex, so staff have access to a brand new, innovative and flexible workspace with the latest facilities and our residents can enjoy a range of regular social and cultural events that take place on the complex.

We are also investing in the creation of a new clinical hub with the support of our political and corporate colleagues and aspire to become the first international borough of storytelling. Now is an exciting time to be joining us!

Show us your WORTH!

Are you a family-focused, committed and innovative social worker?

Waltham Forest provides a great environment for qualified social workers to develop and flourish.

We have a strong and stable team of social work managers looking for ambitious practitioners to join our journey to excellence.

Join our journey

See what exciting social work roles are available in Waltham Forest.

What our staff say

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.

Heather Flinders, Strategic Director

Daniel Phelps, Corporate Director

Kathi Gittens, Assistant Director

Darren McAughtrie, Corporate Director

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

‘‘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’’

Pilots, Programmes & Partnerships

We are at the forefront of national practice and pride ourselves 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

Staff Benefits

Social Worker: Safeguarding and Corporate Parenting who case hold children’s cases:
An annual Retention bonus of £3,000 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 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.

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 January to February 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.