Social Worker (PW2) – Making Connections



    Social Worker (PW2) (17435)

    Social Worker (PW2) – Making Connections

    Plaistow, London

    Barnardo’s work today helps more than 200,000 vulnerable children improve their lives every year. You’ll play a vital part in helping adults discover where they’ve come from and help them get where they’re going.

    In this important role, you will be part of a team of project workers and senior social workers arranging access to adoption and childcare records, whilst directly supporting adults who were adopted through or cared for by Barnardo’s. Formal social work qualifications are required, and experience of working with children in care or children placed for adoption is essential, while work with adopted or care-experienced adults is desirable, and a knowledge of/interest in the fields of childcare and social history will be a definite advantage. Well-developed organisational and administrative skills will be needed, as will the ability to work accurately and pay close attention to detail in written historical records.

    Flexible working is sometimes required for this post.

    For additional information about the role or to discuss further, please contact Sally Mevo ( ).

    Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible

    Pay & Reward Framework

    We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo’s values . We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

    For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which was rolled out 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo’s as it will offer clear routes of progression for colleagues to progress through the pay band of their role.

    Whilst the full pay band and salary range is advertised, our approach to starting salaries is to appoint between the minimum to mid-point of the pay band – this ensures that pay progression steps are available to reward our colleagues annually based on their contribution to excellence and alignment to our values and behaviours. More details on Barnardo’s pay framework can be found upon application.


    Workplace Offer:
    What it means for you

    The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.

    • Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
    • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing after 5 years service
    • The ability to buy up to another 5 days annual leave via our HolidayPlus scheme
    • A host of family friendly leave options including company Maternity Paternity and Adoption pay; together with all family additional leave options
    • Service related sick pay from day 1
    • Access to a Group Personal Pension with a matched 4% or 6% contribution from Barnardo’s. Ability to pay via salary sacrifice to garner both tax and NI savings on your own contribution
    • Death in service cover of 4x annual earnings for all staff contributing to our Group Personal Pension
    • Cycle2work scheme
    • Interest free season ticket loans
    • Discounts and cashback from at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via our Benefit Portal
    • 20% discount at Barnardo’s stores
    • Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc
    • Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
    • Access to Barnardo’s Learning and Development offer

    T&C’s apply based on contract

    About Barnardo’s

    At Barnardo’s we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

    Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is reflected in our values and our practice, and we have invested in this area of our work to ensure that we can deliver on our commitments to be an inclusive employer. EDI is a key enabler of our purpose as a charity and we want to ensure that the diversity of our teams is reflective of the communities we serve and that we continue to learn and develop our work with a focus on inclusion. We particularly encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic Communities, candidates who are LGBT+ and Disabled candidates.

    Our basis and values


    • Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Updated Version July 2021.pdf (101.44 KB)
    • Barnardo’s Workplace Offer Visual Summary.pdf (27.58 KB)
    • – Additional Info Sheet – Social Worker (PW2).pdf (37.14 KB)
    • – Job Description – Social Worker ameded copy.pdf (47.02 KB)

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