Current Vacancies - Lambeth Council

Children's Social Care - Social Worker

Job Group
Social Care - Qualified
Salary (£)
Closing date for applications
21 January 2018

Job Summary


Lambeth is a fantastic place to work. If you’re looking for a challenging but exceptionally rewarding opportunity – Lambeth is definitely for YOU!

We are looking for the following Social workers in our Family Support and Child Protection and Referral and Assessment services;

Social Worker: (PO1) £32,802 - £35,070 pa incl. LW

Social Worker: (PO3) £36,912 - £39,855 pa incl. LW

**We are not currently looking for Newly Qualified Social Workers (ASYE) **

We’re looking for social workers to inspire us at every level. You’ll be integrated into small social work teams with extra personal support from an experienced practitioner, bespoke learning and development, and excellent post-qualification opportunities. As a qualified social worker, you’ll be empowered to improve the lives of children, young people and their families within small teams, a manageable caseload and strong learning resources. And we’ll support you to move into a more senior role if you want. As a senior social worker, you’ll help to motivate our team, leading by example and sharing your expertise. At all levels, we’ll welcome your ideas on how we can make our transformation a lasting success.

At Lambeth we are putting the focus back on relationship-based social work. We don’t want our social workers spending their time on bureaucratic tasks. We don’t want to be intervening in children’s and families’ lives unnecessarily. And we don’t want you to feel alone taking decisions when you know families best. We are looking for social workers from all walks of life who are passionate about high quality practice and spending their time on relationship-based practice that keeps families together wherever possible.  Find out more about our innovative approach in the attached Practice Framework Brochure.

Working in Lambeth will probably be the toughest but most rewarding jobs in your career and as one of our social workers you will be well supported by a comprehensive training programme, and through high quality monthly supervision. You will be able to draw on the expertise of advanced practitioners, our most expert social workers, who can co-work your cases and help you think through what sorts of interventions might work best. You will have a manageable caseload of around 15 cases.

In Lambeth there is no time limit as to how quickly you can then progress to becoming a senior social worker and we hold twice yearly progression panels to promote social workers into senior social work positions. In Lambeth we believe it is the depth of your experience and skill that matters, not how long you have been practicing.

The closing date for receiving completed applications forms is Sunday 21st January at midnight. 

All our social workers:

  • Are supported by a dedicated business support officer for their team
  • Are part of a small team with only six social workers in each team
  • Take part in regular group supervision with their team
  • Are supported by a group of advanced practitioners (our most skilled social workers) who can co-work complex cases with you
  • Receive high quality ongoing training in systemic theory and methodologies; Signs of Safety and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Earn up to £35k with twice yearly opportunities to progress to a Senior Social Worker role with the potential to earn up to £39,855pa
  • Great transport links and easy to access office location
  • Receive a comprehensive pay and benefits package including 26 days annual leave (rising to 31 days for those with continuous service of more than five years), generous maternity, paternity and adoptive leave, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bike loan, interest free computer loan.

  • Responsibilities

    Successful candidates will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Further information about the Disclosure can be found at:

    32802 - 39855