Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Addthis

Starting your social work career

Social workers

One of the most important jobs for the Social Work Academy is uncovering the best talent and giving the support this needs to blossom. To help achieve that, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a truly people focused approach to helping you find your feet in the first few years of your career.

Getting into social work

We're committed to providing high quality and support placements to support people seeking entry routes into social work. Through our apprenticeships and the Step Up and Frontline  programmes, we hope to showcase Tower Hamlets as an amazing place to learn, practice and develop, all the while inspiring professionals into social work. 

Newly Qualified Social Workers

Steps to Success

While NQSWs in any social work role will have an Assessed and Supported Year (ASYE), our unique, three-year Steps to Success programme goes above and beyond to give the support needed to develop the best children’s social workers in the country.

Unlike many other programmes, we've committed a number of full-time staff to the work we do at the Academy. This means that you have the benefit of both experienced social workers on the ground, and Social Work Academy staff with the time to dedicate to your development. 

On the programme, you will have:

  • an experienced social worker, that you'll share with just one other ASYE, to support with complex cases and help manage your caseload
  • direct support and reflective supervision from dedicated Social Work Academy Practice Leaders
  • practical support and training from the ASYE coordinator
  • line management support and supervision from team managers.

The programme13.342 Social Work Academy_GRAPHIC_3Yr

Year One

  • Comprehensive support
  • Reduced caseloads
  • Monthly ASYE workshop
  • Personalised learning and development

Year Two 

  • Mentoring support
  • Specialist core training
  • Post-ASYE support forum

Year Three

  • Consolidation module
  • Career pathway planning
  • Personalised learning and development
  • Practice development innovation opportunities


 How to apply

Head to our recruitment site now.