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The role

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.

The Role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and creative social worker to join the Mental Health Reablement Team within the varied and redeveloping borough of Southwark. We offer person centred social care assessment and support through the framework of the Care Act 2014; our aim is to reduce, prevent and delay the need for long term support by empowering people to relearn skills and build upon strengths to become as independent as possible.

The Mental Health Reablement Team work with adults (18-65) who have a primary mental health diagnosis and who are not currently receiving a package of care. Service provision is time-limited, focusing on person-centred goals and assisting people to maximise their independence by means of practicing activities, coaching them to consider alternative ways of doing tasks and building on their strengths and abilities. We also promote and support engagement with the many third sector services and activities available in Southwark.

This role is advertised at Grade 10 - Experienced Social Worker, however we welcome applications from Newly Qualified Social Workers. Please note - if you have not completed your ASYE then you will be employed at Grade 9 whilst this is completed before being moved up to Grade 10.

About You:

You will have experience of supporting adults with limitations caused by mental illness, and the ability to provide assessment, support planning and review under the Care Act 2014. You will be passionate about using holistic, person-centred and strengths-based approaches to maximise service users’ independence and will have knowledge of a range of social work models and theories to support your practice.

You will have an understanding of the principles of Reablement, the wellbeing principles underpinning the Care Act 2014, strengths-based and rehabilitative practice.

We also welcome applicants with living/lived experience as a service user or carer.

If you enjoy working in a supportive and dynamic team with a complex and varied service user group, and are committed to anti-oppressive practice and to the empowerment of service users, then we would urge you to apply!


Additional details

Applicants must hold a recognised social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England.

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 and home working options. We offer a competitive salary, access to the Local Government Pension Scheme, generous holiday allowance as well as a number of other permanent staff benefits (Eye care scheme/Cycle 2 Work and Cycle Loan/Season ticket loan/oyster card pool/Essential User parking permits/Free swim and gym scheme/Proud to Care Rewards). 

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 10/03/2024 at 23:59
Interview Date: week commencing 18/03/2024


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.