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The role

We are looking for Newly Qualified Social Workers to start on our ASYE programme in Autumn 2024.

We have a number of different roles within Southwark Children’s Services which focus on supporting children, young people, their families and carers.

We are seeking kind, compassionate and skilful social workers who have the potential, commitment and dedication to providing the children, young people and families with the outstanding support they need and deserve.

•  Our practice is child-centred, family minded and strengths based
•  We have an excellent well established and well supported ASYE programme
•  You will have access to a programme of additional structured support beyond your ASYE alongside and accelerated progression scheme because we value the growth of your skills, knowledge and experience in helping to achieve the best outcomes for children
•  We provide great opportunities to develop your skills and expertise which is supported by a learning and development offer that will support you in developing particular areas of practice expertise, developing advance strengths-based practice, as well as a programme for aspiring leaders
•  You will be based in a vibrant borough in the heart of London
•  There are excellent access to Central London and easy transport links, staff parking permits
•  We provide a multi-cultural and diverse working environment which provides excellent opportunities for enhancing your skills
•  We are committed to ensure Southwark is inclusive, taking decisive action to challenge inequalities and discrimination through Southwark Stands Together and Workforce Race Equality Standard

Regardless of the team or service you are interested being part of, we will ensure you are both challenged and supported to develop your practice, where you can apply and develop your theory, knowledge and experience so that you can make a real difference.

You will be supported to undertake the complex, skilful work needed to get to know children and really understand what their day to days lives are, by identifying family strengths and resources as well as issues and concern, you will develop plans with children, families, carers and networks to ensure that each child support needs are well catered for in planning and intervention to ensure the right support is put in place at the right to to enable our children, young people, families and communities to achieve good outcomes.

We value our newly qualified social workers in Southwark. Our services are always thrilled to have newly qualified social workers on board, supporting the next generation in their careers and beyond, putting in place the foundations to achieve excellence in practice. We look forward to hearing from you.

We have an outstanding ASYE programme supported by an experienced and dedicated team of social workers who offer outstanding early career support.

Please note: To be eligible for the ASYE position, you must have a Right to Work in the UK. We do not offer any form of sponsorships for our ASYE positions.

Additional details

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level is required.

If you would like any further information, please email 

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. Our offer includes:

•  A systemic framework of social work practice
•  A vibrant place and Service to work with and a diverse community
•  Strong commitment to partnership working with our Local Authority colleagues.
•  Commitment to Personal Development

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

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.

It is an exciting time to be a newly qualified worker (NQSW) in Southwark, you will be both challenged and supported to undertake rewarding and impactful work alongside our children, young people, families and communities. 

We have a stable long standing senior leadership team who know, and are deeply connected to the community and are passionate about supporting outstanding social work practice. There are clear pathways to support you in developing your career and your practice, learning and development.

Our vision for all our children and families is a simple one: We want all children and young people in Southwark to grow up in a safe, healthy and happy environment where they have the opportunity to reach their potential. We will achieve this through our mission of Putting Children First and Keep Families Strong.

Recruitment timetable

Closing date 19th May 2024 at 23:59

Please note we may close this advert earlier than advertised. You are therefore advised to submit your application as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Shortlisting by 22nd May 2024

Phase 1 Video Assessment between 23rd and 27th May 2024

For successful candidates progressing to phase 2 Interviews and practice assessments to commence on week beginning 3rd June 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.