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The role

Are you a passionate leader with a drive to make a positive impact to the lives of children and families?

We are seeking a dedicated individual to join our team as a Family Early Help Team Manager. In this role, you will provide exemplary leadership, management, and professional guidance to a team of early help practitioners.

You will support the progress of families with complex needs, oversee casework transferred from statutory social work, and promote positive outcomes for children. In this role, you will play a key role in promoting and governing excellent early help practice, working collaboratively with families, support networks, and other professionals to prevent escalation to higher levels of intervention.

You will ensure the delivery of an 'outstanding' Family Early Help service, driving high-quality, comprehensive, integrated, and systemically-informed practice with families at risk.

The role will support the progress of families with complex needs, oversee casework transferred from statutory social work, and promote positive outcomes for children.

About you:

We are seeking individuals with a passion for whole family work. If you are an experienced practitioner looking to move to the next stage of your career, or you are working in statutory services would like to explore a different area of practice with more space to support the delivery of high quality direct work, this would be an excellent opportunity to develop your career.

The ideal candidate will be qualified in Social Work or in a relevant profession working with children, young people, and families. You will have experience in a leadership or management role, with a track record of providing effective guidance and support to a team.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as well as the ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency context to support vulnerable families.

A deep understanding of service and statutory guidelines is essential, along with the ability to ensure compliance while delivering timely and responsive support.

We will provide you with the support and capacity to develop innovative and creative interventions with families, to improve family resilience and prevent escalation.

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

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

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 timetable

Closing date: 19 May 2024 at 23:59

Interview date: 31 May 2024


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.