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Southwark Council

Consultant Social Worker

Job Type



Social Work



£47,043 - £54,135

Posted Date

16 November 2023


Closing Date

4 December 2023

We are looking for a part-time Consultant Social Worker in the South West Assessment Team to lead on specific areas to support the team including and act as the lead for Non-Agency Assessments, this will include managing a pool of Independent Social Workers (ISW's).

• Stepping in to undertake visits at short notice when social workers are unavailable across the region
• Ensure that assessments, triage and reports are concluded in a timely manner
• Supporting colleagues by Quality Assuring Non-Agency Assessments, or other reports for adoption panel to ensure that they are of a good standard and meet timescale deadlines
• Being a lead on; and attending Court on behalf of Adopt London South
• Provide information, advice and guidance to colleagues within the team and to partners across the service in line with our service standards

To join our committed, stable and diverse adoption social work teams preparing or supporting families for South London children. Adoption Social Workers work with families and children, adopted adults and birth parents.

Reducing race disparity in adoption is a key objective for everyone in ALS, ensuring we have the right adopters. An interest in Non agency Adoption and what this entails.

There will be opportunities to develop your group work and training skills in preparing adopters/relatives to meet the therapeutic needs of children affected by early traumatic events and the experience of loss.

This vacancy is in South West Assessment and Pre-order Support team. Agile working is established in ALS, with home visits usually from home. The role is home based, but may involve some travelling to meetings or requested attendance at venues across the region.

About Southwark:

We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population.

At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities. Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do.

About Adopt London South:

As the Regional Adoption Agency we work closely with Adopt London partners and also with national projects to improve adoption. We have a strong partnership with We are Family support community and others across the sector.

Our aim is to build best practice across South London by providing a range of adoption services children, adoptive families, relatives, birth parents and adopted adults. We are looking for people to join us in building the service to improve outcomes in adoption.

Additional details
This is a part time post, working Monday to Friday (standard 18 hours a week spread over the week).

Please note a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at enhanced level.

For an informal discussion or to find out more about the role, please e-mail

Benefits and more information:

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a motivated, driven and supportive team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving development team that is making a real difference to the lives of residents in the borough. Our offer includes:

- A systemic framework of Social Work practice

- A vibrant place and Service to work with and a diverse community

- Strong commitment to partnership working with our Local Authority colleagues.

For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme:

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

• Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
• Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
• If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition

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