The role

Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a 'can do' attitude and enviable reputation. As a Council we are successful, passionate and forward thinking. We are committed to our 'Fairer Futures for All' promise which ensures that our residents are central to everything we do. 

The Designated Social Care Officer (DSCO) role will strategically lead in framing and developing social care elements of the SEND strategy across the local authority, in compliance with legislative requirements of the SEND Code of Practice (2015).The role will directly inform and influence the direction of wider SEND services through intelligence and insight. The DSCO will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of both social care processes and the SEND reforms agenda and will look to strengthen practice and generate solutions.

Key to success will be the ability of the post holder to negotiate with and influence others build and nurture effective partnerships, working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders across the LA and exploiting opportunities for co-production with partners within and outside of the Local Authority including health partners. The post holder will represent Southwark Council  at key regional and national events, and will be a source of expert professional advice on SEND reforms relating to social care within Southwark and will seek to learn nationally from the evidence base of best practice.

The All Age Disability (0-25) and Learning Disability (25+) service is committed to delivering on the Council’s strategic priorities (improving life chances, a better place for people and delivering quality services) and on addressing key corporate issues (such as value for money; the customer journey; efficient, accessible, needs-led and accountable services and equality, diversity and human rights). We value diversity within the team and within our client groups and aim to provide accessible, integrated services that are efficient and modern. 

Candidates should hold a  recognised qualification to at least degree level in a relevant profession eg. Social Work, Education, or Law. If relying on a social work qualification the applicant will need to demonstrate current Social Work England registration. Other professionals will need to demonstrate equivalent professional registration (if appropriate) . Candidates will be able to demonstrate evidence of knowledge, understanding and practice in relation to the implementation of SEND legislation, particularly within social care.

For an informal discussion please contact Bev Kemp at;


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Additional details

Please note this role is being offered on a fixed term contract basis for a duration of 14 months.


Please note this role requires an enhanced level DBS check.

Recruitment timetable

Recruitment Timetable: 

Closing date: 6th August 2021

Interviews to be held: 20th August 2021