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The role

Could you lead the development of an exceptional new Children’s Residential Service in Southwark, breathing life into a new, high-quality £2.5million children’s home?

Would you love the opportunity to excel and progress your career and make your mark within a local authority renowned for its ambition and determination to consistently go above and beyond transform children’s lives?

As Southwark Council works to open the first of three brand new children’s homes, you’ll be part of something special from the start with exciting opportunities for progression and professional development. As you shape the new service, culture and practice, you’ll be supported by a dedicated clinical psychologist team and community of national experts as you embrace transformational approaches to assessment and care planning. You’ll be confident building the team of your dreams with the benefit of significant investment in recruitment and training, and lead on new relationships across the partnership, in a culture where creativity and innovation are valued and supported in the best interests of every child and young person.

Southwark’s Children & Families Services have been consistently rated Good by Ofsted in all areas. From that strong position we are embarking on an exciting journey to establish a new Children's Residential Service and a family of new children's homes in Southwark. This is to deliver our goal of ensuring more of our children in care are supported to live locally, to remain connected to their communities and networks. Our first home will provide care for a maximum of 5 children and young people between the ages of 10 to 16 years.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Children's Registered Manager or Deputy Manager / Team Leader ready for the next career step, to own the development of a brand new children's home, backed by significant investment, a whole council team of social care, project and workforce professionals supporting you to develop the service, and Southwark’s unwavering commitment to Putting Children First. If you have the ambition and passion to embrace this unique opportunity, find out more and apply today.

About Southwark:

We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population.

At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities.  Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do.


Additional details

The salary range is £56,059 - £64,221 per annum (this includes 15% Market Supplement).

An additional financial benefit of relocation expenses up to a maximum negotiable amount of £8,000 based on the requirements of the applicant.

Please note a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at enhanced level is required.

Benefits and more information:

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a motivated, driven and supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving development team that is making a real difference to the lives of residents in the borough. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme:

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

•  Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
•  Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
•  If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition

Recruitment timeable

Closing date: Sunday 1st October 2023 at 23:59
Interview and Assessments: to be confirmed


We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.