Work as a Social Worker in Southwark

This page outlines the benefits of working with us as a Social Worker. Find out how we will support your career development and wellbeing.

Apply for a qualified social worker job



Newly Qualified Social Worker/ASYE 

(assessed and supported year in employment)

£40,005 - £46,053

Social Worker

£42,855 - £50,088

Senior Social Worker, Social Work Deputy Team Manager and Senior Practitioners

£47,043 - £54,135

Out of Hours Senior Practitioners

£49,071- £56,151

Social Work Team Manager

£51,099 - £58,197

For a limited period we are offering the following for roles in our Assessment and Intervention and Safeguarding and Family Support teams:

  • a welcome payment of £3,000
  • a retention payment of £2,400 per year for your first two years
  • a retention payment of £3,600 after three years

We also offer exciting developmental roles:



Residential Care Officers  

£33,717 - £37,575

Assistant Practitioners
Waking Nights Residential Care Officers 

£36,996 - £41,286

Residential Care Officer Shift Leads

£41,286 - £48,063

Staff are awarded annual performance-related increments and a local government pension scheme (LGPS).

Other benefits

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
  • Staff wellbeing

    Our commitment includes:

    • a variety of forward-planned Wellbeing sessions, awareness days and months
    • access to a range of active staff networks and forums, for example, LGBTQ+ Staff Forum and Women’s Network
    • modern digital plan with technology to support flexible working arrangements
    • occupational health service
    • employee assistance programme help-line and counselling available to employees
    • access to free swim and gym usage in the borough on Fridays and weekends
    • free eye test and support for display screen equipment users up to £55 on each occasion
    • discounted HSF health plan 
    • family friendly contractual policy with flexible and hybrid working options
  • Leadership and support

    Southwark has a lower ratio of workers to managers than most local authorities. This provided stable, supportive leadership. We also offer:

    • well defined frameworks for social work practice such as systemic and strengths-based approaches
    • a culture of innovation and a ‘can do’ approach to problem solving
    • a commitment to work effectively with partners across health, housing, education, community and voluntary sector
    • Principal Social Worker roles and a Principal Occupational Therapist role (adults only) to develop and champion social care practice
    • small teams with supportive managers and manageable caseloads
    • a strong Out of Hours Service, focused on Southwark and local networks, staffed by Senior Practitioners who have close links with day colleagues
  • Supervision, learning and development

    We provide an established social work career pathway with a proven history of internal progression. This is supported by:

    • an AYSE (assessed and supported year in employment) programme with a Social Work Development Lead to support learning
    • regular 1 to 1 and group supervision with highly experienced Social Workers
    • clinical practitioners attached to every team to support you and your work 
    • safe spaces to discuss practice and the use of self in peer groups
    • a range of professional forums, reflective spaces, networking structures, and special interest groups
    • access to a broad range of health and social care training and a culture of interprofessional working and learning
    • continuing professional development through an extensive learning and development plan
    • opportunities to train as a Practice Educator and develop experience with students
    • opportunities for advanced professional training, such as best interests assessor and approved mental health professional in adult social care 
    • coaching and mentoring opportunities during working hours

Contact us to find out more

  • for queries about Children's social work, contact Daniel Comach
  • for queries about Adults' social work, contact David Larcher   

Page last updated: 24 April 2024


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