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The role

About Southwark:

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. If you want to make a difference at a local level, apply to Southwark Council today.

The Role:

The Older People and Physical Disabilities Service supports older adults and adults with a physical disability. We are a multi-professional service comprising of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Assistant Practitioners. 

The Assessment and Intake Team provide short-term interventions within a 6 week timeframe. Within this role, you will work with persons with care and support needs and other professionals as necessary in order to meet the needs of the Service. This includes the undertaking of assessments, providing ongoing support and proactively working with complex issues, family dynamics, legal issues, crisis, providing information and advice, transferring to another team as required.

The main duties of the role include completing Care Act assessments and devising care and support plans, completing reviews, completing Mental Capacity Assessments, chairing Best Interests meetings, working with people with complex social needs and making sure that the people of Southwark are receiving the support that meets their needs. 

There is also a Safeguarding function within the service, which includes assessing and investigating risk and undertaking Safeguarding Adult Enquiries as required.

We utilise all appropriate resources from Social Care, Health and other voluntary and statutory agencies and offer the provision of a short-term intensive assessment period, assessing the person’s ability to maximise their independence and to provide a robust assessment that measures the amount of ongoing support that is needed.

The role requires the completion of all related administrative functions and to attend case conferences, reviews and represent the Council at Court when this is determined as appropriate.

About You:

The Social Worker role is key in ensuring the welfare and assessed needs of those whom we support are managed in a safe and inclusive way.

We adopt a Strength-based approach to our practice and seek to provide a person centred service. We are looking for resilient practitioners who can manage competing demands and prioritise work effectively. The role requires applicants who are confident decision makers and who can stay calm under pressure.

While in this role you will need to demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to working closely with those with care and support needs, their families and carers, other professionals and your managers and peers.

You should hold a degree in social work, be registered with Social Work England, with evidence of continuing professional development and a strong understanding of the application of Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and Adults Safeguarding.

Benefits and more information:

Please review the attached Social Worker Candidate Pack for further information about the benefits of working for Southwark.

Additional salary details

Additional Information:

Please note this role requires an enhanced level DBS check.


Essential requirements for the role. Any applicants without these will not be shortlisted:

  • A recognised Social Work qualification at degree level
  • Active Social Work England Registration
  • Completion of ASYE Programme.

Recruitment timetable

Recruitment Timetable 

Advert close:      15/05/2022 (23:59)

Interview dates: 25/05/2022 & 26/05/2022

Additional interview testing process will also take place on 25/05/2022 – 26/05/2022

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 initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.