Job Description

Social Worker Assistant; Social Work with Families

Grade 8; £32,988 – £34,809

36 per week / Monday – Friday

“Have you got the passion and drive to make positive changes in the lives of children and young people?”

The Opportunity

Social Work with Families brings together services for children subject to child protection plans, children in need and Children Looked After who may be in the Public Law Outline process or in Court proceedings. Working in a Locality service, with your Team Manager and colleagues you will be using your skills and knowledge to create the best possible outcomes for children and families in Croydon.

The Social Work Assistant will work with a Social Worker and help families enabling the use of the Strengthening Families approach. By working in a family centred and holistic way staff will ensure improved outcomes and life chances for children and families.

The Social Work Assistant will be allocated to, and work across a locality, North, South or Central. The Social Work Assistant will support babies, children, young people and their families that live or access services within the locality area. It will be necessary, on occasion to work with families in other parts of the borough to ensure timely access to services.

Specifically the role will undertake

  • To contribute to the delivery of a service for families who are identified as having children and young people who are in the need for intensive support.
  • To undertake direct work with young people
  • To facilitate supervised contact arrangements
  • Support to families with multiple and complex needs where intensive support is required
  • Engage and sustain families in the programme to ensure improvements in their resilience and autonomy, improving outcomes and preventing escalation of their issues
  • To take maintain a caseload of families, ensuring timely and effective intervention to maintain progress.
  • To work as part of a team consisting of practitioners with multi-agency experience in order to support identified children, young people and families to access learning and services within their local

Benefits of Working With Us

  • A pension scheme with an average employer contribution of 20%
  • 31 days’ annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays
  • Our Edge of Care Service works alongside social workers
  • Investment into your staff well-being
  • Good management support for practitioners, regular supervision, and access to a clinical therapist to support your work

Why Join Us

  • Our teams consist of experienced Social Workers at various levels
  • The team arrange meetings weekly to ensure all colleagues have the support required to fulfil their duties, they will use this time to problem solve complex cases
  • The ethos at Croydon is very much about working together to make positive change
  • You will join an established team who can help you settle in and offer their expertise
  • You will have the support of an extremely knowledgeable and understanding manager



About You

We are looking for Social Work Assistants who have the following experience:

  • Experience directly with families including engaging families and assessing need leading to delivery of effective support for families
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining positive professional relationships with individuals with complex and multiple needs
  • Evidence of substantial experience of direct work with babies, children, young people and parents within variety of settings and communities and from a range of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds-including those who may not have previously accessed services
  • Able to contribute to the development and delivery of a programme of family support work including group work and community activities.
  • Ability to be reflective and evaluate learning needs, actively seeking learning opportunities that improve practice and impact on service outcomes.

View the Social Worker Assistant role profile

Recruitment and Selection Timeline

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 16th October 2022

Shortlisting will take place WC 17th October 2022

Interviews will take place WC 24th October 2022



Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.

Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. The Successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check which allows them to work with children.

For more information: Safeguarding Jobs – 2022 |