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Children's Social Care – Social Worker (Fostering and Permanence Service) Post Order Team

Lambeth Council
Lambeth, London (Greater)
£35,067 - £42,609 pa
Closing date
18 Jan 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Social Care
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
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In Lambeth, we value and invest in our social workers.  We recognise that our staff are our greatest asset and we want reflective, talented Social Workers to assist us in giving the best possible, most helpful support to our most vulnerable children, families and carers.

We have lots to offer from our rich learning and development programme and our competitive salaries to our exceptional career progression pathways and manageable caseloads.  Manage your work-life balance through our flexible working opportunities, and work in the heart of Brixton, one of London’s most vibrant cultural centres.

But most importantly, we are looking for reflective, dedicated social workers who want to focus on great practice that makes real and positive difference for children and young people we support.

Lambeth promotes Systemic approaches to working with families and communities. Through our innovative “Children at the Heart of Practice” framework, we are inspiring, resourcing and enabling social workers to undertake great relationship-based social work practice.

Find out more about our approach by clicking here to visit our jobsite.

The Job:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two 12 Month Fixed Term Contract for a full time Social Worker in the Fostering and Permanence Service, Post Order Team.

The successful candidate will report to the Team Manager and be part of a creative fostering and permanence service that works with the theories of trauma, attachment and loss, social pedagogy and restorative practice to ensure the best outcomes for our children.

Self-motivated and accustomed to working to deadlines, you will have good IT and communication skills, with experience of promoting and embedding good practice in relation to permanency planning, quality assurance, establishing and nurturing multi-agency relationships and providing training and support to colleagues.

You will have a good understanding of the Children Act 1989 guidance and regulations, Adoption and Children Act 2002, the Fostering Services Regulations 2011 and Special Guardianship Regulations 2005 (as amended by the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016).

The Support:

Social workers in Lambeth can look forward to accessing training opportunities which include:

  • A 3-day introduction to systemic practice offered to all staff
  • Specialist training in systemic approaches to working with domestic violence and adolescents
  • 30 places per year for 1st year accredited systemic training
  • Funded training to Practice Educator status

In addition to our training offer, all our social workers:

  • Are part of a small team of six social workers
  • Take part in regular group supervision with their team
  • Receive support from their team-based advanced practitioner

Why Lambeth?

Social workers in Lambeth:

  • Receive a competitive salary that rises to a maximum of £42,609 per year
  • Can progress into team-based Advanced Practitioner posts earning up to £48k
  • Benefit from flexible working opportunities such as working from home and compressed hours (negotiated on an individual basis)
  • Are situated in the heart of Brixton (2 mins walk from Brixton Tube) with access to and discounts on the renowned local amenities
  • Manage a caseload which is below the inner London average
  • Work from a fantastic, modern working environment in the award-winning Lambeth Town Hall and Civic Centre buildings
  • Receive 26 days of annual leave (rising to 31 days for those with continuous service of more than five years)
  • Have access to a comprehensive benefits package


Click the 'Apply' button and complete an online application form.

Please ensure to submit your CV and a supporting statement explicitly evidencing how you meet the shortlisting criteria marked with an “A” on the job description. (max one side of A4)

Job Description and Personal Specification

The closing date for receiving completed application forms is Sunday 16 January 2022 at midnight.

Interview date: 21 January 2022

Please note: shortlisted candidates shall be informed by 5pm on 18 January 2022

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

Find out more about why Lambeth is a great place to take the next step in your social work career, please visit our website:

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