The role

Southwark is committed to ensuring the lives and wellbeing of our children, young people and families is protected and improved by continued investment in high quality and innovative services, designed with our communities and delivering for them.

The Council’s vision of a fairer future for all in Southwark is at the heart of our Children & Families Services and our drive to ensure all children and young people in Southwark grow up in a safe, healthy and happy environment where they have the opportunity to reach their potential.

As part of our approach to continuous improvement we have set a priority to develop “an improved cross system approach to the challenges of helping vulnerable adolescents - Ensuring our young people are safely able to grow towards independence and are protected from all threats and risks to them both inside and outside the home.”

Central to delivering our improvement priority is the development of a new Adolescent Safeguarding Service within our Children’s Social Care Division.  The Service will develop as a centre of excellence for social work and social care delivery for vulnerable adolescents, both working directly with those most in need of help, support and protection, and working across the multi-agency partnership to understand, develop and embed innovation and best practice in supporting vulnerable adolescents, and those at risk of exploitation and extra-familial harm.

At the heart of the new Service will be our Extra-Familial Harm and Missing Team. The Team will work with our statutory and non-statutory social care teams and the wider multi-agency partnership to lead and develop the whole Borough response to children at risk of exploitation and harm outside the home, contextual safeguarding, and those children and young people who go missing from home and care.

As the Experienced Practitioner in the Team you will need to be ambitious for yourself, our services and most importantly our children, young people and their families.  You will:

- have a specific passion for, experience of and keen interest in research and practice for supporting and protecting children at risk of extra-familial harm and exploitation.

- have the opportunity to pilot, showcase and lead the development of innovative social care practice and partnership working across the Borough, and be a champion of ‘safeguarding first’ cultural change across services.

- be driven to see services across the partnership develop and improve, to meet the complex and changing challenges facing our communities, with an outward facing focus to learn and embed research and; local and national learning and best practice. 

More information

If you would like to know more information or a preliminary discussion please contact Michael Crowe on     






Additional details

Please note this role will require:

1. An Enhanced DBS check at a satisfactory level. 

2. Social Work England Registration.

3. Relevant Social Work qualification.


Staff Benefits

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a friendly, supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members.

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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date - 11:59pm 3rd October 2021

Interview Date - 12th October 2021


We are an organisation that 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 the senior management level in the council.