We are looking for one Senior Social Worker within the 0-15 Care Service. You will hold a caseload approximately 12-15 children up to the age of 16 and your focus will be on ensuring children achieve permanence and high quality, creative direct work and life story work to help children understand their journey through care alongside all the usual statutory LAC processes.
We are also looking for an experienced Senior Social Worker in the 0-15 Care Service who will be responsible for Family Finding for children with long term fostering care plans to support and promote robust and careful matching. You will need to have significant adoption and LAC experience. This will be a non case holding role and is an exciting new role in Southwark which aims to support finding high quality foster placements for children stepping down from residential care and for hard to place children with a plan of long term fostering. You will be based in the Achieving Permanence Team (who sit within the 0-15 Care Service), work alongside Access to Resources, build relationships with fostering agencies, review children's profiles, visit prospective carers and work with social workers to build their skills and confidence in family finding.
We are also looking for an experienced Senior Social Worker within the Special Guardian and Connected Persons team. This is a busy team and the role will be monitoring and supporting Special Guardians post order. An understanding of the regulations and legislation around this type of work is essential. You will also hold 1 or 2 complex assessments.
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 senior social workers with a passion for direct work, and for supporting others. In return we will support you with training, reflective supervision, clinical advice and support, small teams and caseloads, and administrative support.
Our Children’s 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 method. 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 also 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”.
For an informal discussion about the roles in the care service, please contact Clare Ryan, Service Manager on 07940261309.
For an informal discussion about the role in the Special Guardianship and Connected Persons Team, please contact Monique Lindsay, Service Manager on 07562434327.
As an experienced social worker choosing Southwark you will benefit from:
Small teams with high managerial support – a lower ratio of workers to managers than most authorities. Regular group supervision, as well as monthly 1-1 supervision.
Access to further support and targeted specialist interventions from systemic practitioners and psychologists, embedded within teams.
Low caseloads (counted per child) below the national average and administrative support to help you spend more time with families.
An extensive range of excellent community and specialist services to support your work with families, in a borough committed to ‘Keeping Families Strong’ and a ‘Fairer Future’ for all.
Ongoing training and career development opportunities, including the Professional Qualification Scheme, through which you can apply to be sponsored for your choice of learning to support your individual needs and ambitions. We also offer the accredited Foundation Level in Systemic Practice for those who continue their career in Southwark, as well as training in restorative practices, secure base and attachment or trauma informed practice.
Support, advice and guidance from dedicated specialist staff including Child Exploitation Coordinator and Court Case Manager, as well as a wide range of other support and learning and development opportunities.
Cycle to work or season-ticket loans, and a range of other employee benefits
This post requires an enhanced DBS check.
If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete the online application form and detail your suitability for the role, by using the Personal Specification to highlight your skills for the shortlisting criteria.
Closing date: 17 March 2021.
Interviews and assessments: 25 and/or 26 March 2021.
(COVID-19) - information for job applicants Southwark Council are following the most recent Government guidelines surrounding Covid-19. During this period, we still look forward to receiving your application and if successful, we will be conducting interviews remotely via video link. Details will be confirmed via email, if successful.