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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 and businesses are central to everything we do.

The All Age Disability Service (0-25) service provides a comprehensive and integrated social care pathway for children and young people with Learning Disabilities and other disabilities from childhood into adolescence and on into adulthood through a seamless care pathway.

All Age Disability team provides a comprehensive and effective integrated social work service to respond to the needs of children and young people with Learning Disabilities and other disabilities in accordance with Children’s and Adults’ legislation, departmental policies and practice.

Our Social Workers undertake strength based social care assessments, determining the need of an individual and producing outcome focussed support plans. Ensuring focused interventions are delivered to safeguard children and young people and promote independence, positive outcomes and promote the use of assistive technology.

Our Childrens Services have been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted for over a decade, and we continue to strive for excellence in our practice and the best possible outcomes for our children and families. We have a well-embedded practice framework, underpinned by our above principles. We make extensive use of systemic and strengths-based practices, as well as restorative and attachment-informed approaches. This was noted by Ofsted in 2017 who said “Southwark attracts experienced, high-quality social workers who are keen to work in small units that employ systemic methods… The model is well resourced and features clinical and group supervision alongside manageable caseloads. This promotes influential and effective direct work with children and families. The model is enabling a flourishing social work culture in the local authority, equipping social workers to address complex local concerns in this highly diverse community”.

We are seeking experienced social workers, who have the professional potential and personal attributes that our families need, and who want to be supported to flourish. We have fantastic career progression opportunities. In a focused visit earlier this year, Ofsted confirmed that “Staff have access to a wide range of induction and training courses. They report that they are supported and encouraged to engage in training and development, and these events provide good opportunities to reflect and focus on practice improvement”.

We are dedicated to high quality relationship-based social work, that is child-centred, family-minded, strengths and evidence-based, outcome-focused and fair. We are looking for outstanding social workers with a passion for direct work, and will support you with training, reflective group supervision, clinical advice and support, small teams and caseloads, and administrative support.

For an informal discussion please contact Bev Kemp at;

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Additional details

Please note this role requires an enhanced level DBS check.

Recruitment timetable

Recruitment Timetable

Advert close:  15th August 2021

Interview date: 25th August 2021



(COVID-19) Information for job applicants:
Southwark Council are following the current Government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus. During this period, we still look forward to receiving your application and if you are selected for interview, we will be conducting interviews virtually using video link e.g. Microsoft Teams. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants.