Southwark Council


Social Work with Children, Families & Communities in Southwark

It is an exciting time to be a social worker in Southwark. As a social worker or team manager you will be both challenged and supported to undertake rewarding and impactful work with our children, young people, families and communities.

We have a stable long standing senior leadership team who know, and are deeply connected to the community and passionate about supporting outstanding social work practice.

There are clear pathways to support you in developing your career and your practice, learning and development.

Our vision for all our children and families is a simple one: We want all children and young people in Southwark to grow up in a safe, healthy and happy environment where they have the opportunity to reach their potential.

We will achieve this through our mission of Putting Children First and Keep Families Strong.

Putting Children First

We prioritise the right of all children and young people to grow up safe, healthy and happy. We actively support them to do this in their own families and communities when it is safe to do so.

Keeping Families Strong

We work with parents and carers, and the networks and services around them to enable their families to be safe, healthy and happy.

Ofsted report November 2022

Our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2022 was graded as ‘good’ in all areas. The children in our care said we are a “special council and are like a family to them”.

Ofsted said: “Staff enjoy working in Southwark. Their morale is high, and they appreciate the high level of support, the career progression opportunities, the learning and development offer and the ambition that the organisation has for them .”



We offer competitive Social Work salary ranges as follows 



Newly Qualified Social Worker/ASYE 


Social Worker

£40,503 - £47,736

Senior Social Workers

£44,691 - £51,783

Social Work Team Manager

£48,747 - £55,846


For roles in our Assessment &Intervention and Safeguarding & Family Support teams, we are offering an additional welcome payment of £3000 for joining Southwark, followed by a retention payment of £2400 per year for your first two years, and £3600 after three years

*Upon successful completion of the ASYE staff progress to £40,503. 

Alongside a competitive salary, we also offer:

- 28 days annual leave rising to 36 days with continuous service

- vibrant borough in the heart of London with a variety of offices across different venues

- excellent access to Central London and easy transport links to the South East

- a multi-cultural and diverse working environment, which provides excellent opportunities for enhancing your skills

- a commitment to ensure Southwark is inclusive, challenging inequalities and discrimination

- travel schemes including, cycle loans, season ticket loans, essential user parking permits and access to pooled Oyster cards


Our borough

Southwark represents a place of huge excitement and opportunity with a vibrant spirit pushing to achieve more for residents. It is a place of growth, development and opportunity.

A borough with a rich and proud history, strong sense of community and a great ability to transform and renew, sometimes very much against the odds.

Southwark possibly more than most typifies the changes, challenges and opportunities of being part of London as a global premier city and international destination of choice for business, enterprise, entertainment and the arts.

Our borough is home to the architectural gem The Shard, to world-famous attractions such as the Tate Modern, Borough Market, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Tower Bridge. 7% of residents work in the cultural sector, complementing famous names including Hilton hotels and Ernst & Young who are based in the area.

There is an incredible range of employment opportunities within the Borough.


Southwark Stories – Videos




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Meet our 2023 exhibitors at The Social Work Show

Meet our 2023 exhibitors at The Social Work Show

As we look forward to the Social Work Show 2023, to be held on 2nd October at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester, we’re pleased to announce another excellent line up of exhibitors.