Social Worker

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£36,618 - £44,598 per annum
Closing date
23 Jan 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Safeguarding, Social Care
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time

About Us:

Shape long-term care arrangements that will give children and young people the best start in life.

Kensington and Chelsea is a unique central London borough, home to places of great cultural importance, diverse communities and attractive streets and squares. Over half of our residents were born outside of the UK. Our communities come from all over the world and include significant Caribbean, European, Asian, African, Irish Traveller, Middle Eastern and South American populations, who have profoundly shaped the character of the area. Residents value that diversity and the continued focus on fostering inclusiveness.

In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people and local businesses at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. We are committed to ensuring our communities can access the support they need, when they need it. By sharing facilities and expertise with Westminster City Council, we’re able to offer joined-up services for children, young people, their families and their carers that are constantly evolving and improving.

Children Services

We have high aspirations for children and young people in RBKC. The most recent OFSTED inspection deemed our department as being outstanding in all areas. We strive to build on this even more.

Uniquely for London, we use a locality-based model and work in a “generic way”: from referral through to closure (Child in Need, Child Protection, Care Proceedings, Children in Care and Care Leavers). We believe that this model enables us to build strong, supportive, and consistent relationships with the families we work with. We use systemic tools and ideas to achieve interventions which are deep, more intensive and able to help families engage with our service in a meaningful way in order to make radical and lasting changes in their lives.

At the same time, we recognize the importance of safeguarding being the highest context and our primary responsibility will continue to be to identify and assess risk of harm, to keep children safe and to promote their welfare.

The Role:

We are looking to recruit for Social Work posts: we have two permanent vacancies in the in the Ladbroke South Team and World’s End Team and one one-year fixed-term vacant in the Portobello North Team. Joining our teams of social workers, including two advanced practitioners, a practice manager, team manager, specialist practitioner, family therapist and a team co-ordinator, you’ll find yourself in an incredibly supportive environment. We’re a child safeguarding team, and our main priority is always the wellbeing of children. Everything we do keeps that focus in mind – from working with complex child protection/court cases and looked after children to undertaking preventative work. 

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.  

About You: As well as being a qualified Social Worker, registered with Social Work England, you’ll need to be an excellent communicator who is calm under pressure. Experience of working with children and families in a statutory setting, and an excellent understanding of statutory social work will be essential. There is plenty of multi-tasking to be done, so you’ll need to be good at juggling competing demands and thinking flexibly as you adapt to changing situations. 

As a social worker for RBKC you could both benefit significantly from the experience and learning we can offer and help us to continue to evolve the way we work for the better and further improve outcomes for children. To this end, all our Social Workers are expected to attend our in-house systemic training. 

In addition to an extensive training offer, Social Workers receive a Child Protection allowance of £ 2,500/per annum and a free annual travel card for zones 1 and 2.

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s alone will not be considered for this role. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants.

Additional information

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email:


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