Senior Social Worker - Safe Space 1

Posted 4th Jun, 2024
£47,043 – £49,071
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
16th Jun, 2024
About the role

Main Purpose of the Job

The role is to provide a reliable and accountable social work service according to government regulations. This includes assessing situations, taking action, creating plans, and reviewing progress for children, young people, and their families.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Manage assigned cases and participate in short-term assessments.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all social work activities.
  • Inform service users of their right to access and complain about their records.
  • Prepare reports and communications for various audiences, including meetings, conferences, courts, and other agencies.
  • Ensure all work adheres to established policies, procedures, guidelines, and laws.
  • Address the specific needs of service users and carers from diverse backgrounds, promoting equality in all aspects of the job.
  • Participate in the service unit's duty systems as required.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with relevant external agencies.
  • Utilize information technology for data entry.
  • Prioritize safety by ensuring the well-being of team members and staff by mitigating potential risks of violence.
  • Attend, contribute to, and actively participate in supervision sessions as per departmental policies.

Additional Responsibilities for Senior Social Workers

  • Provide supervision to social workers, students, and/or social work assistants.
  • Participate in project work relevant to the service unit.
  • Manage cases with intricate risk factors.
  • Make independent decisions on assigned cases during daily operations.
About you


  • Children Act 1989 and other relevant legislation
  • Child protection policy, procedures and practice
  • Theory regarding best practice in child and family assessment and planning, with ability to reference research and theory
  • Issues faced by children and families from diverse backgrounds


  • Analyze data and formulate plans for intervention and service provision
  • Work in partnership with parents, carers, and other agencies
  • Undertake direct work with children, young people, families
  • Produce clear and literate records, reports, and correspondence electronically
  • Organize own work
  • Recognize limits of accountability and responsibility, seek support and supervision
  • Provide supervision and consultation
  • Utilize Information Technology for recording and reporting


  • Communication with public, agencies, children, and families
  • Form relationships with children, young people, and families
  • Assess and plan in child care situations
  • Represent the Authority in court independently
  • Advise and make decisions on cases


  • Assessment and planning for children and young people
  • Minimum two years of demonstrable post-qualifying experience working with children and families (or senior-level expertise)

Professional Qualifications

  • Strong literacy and numeracy
  • Social Worker Degree or equivalent (original certificates required)
  • Commitment to continuous professional development and evidence-based practice
  • Registration with Social Work England

Personal Qualities

  • Self-motivated, excellent interpersonal skills, flexible

Special Requirements

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently

Additional Information

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check required


Recruitment Events for Experienced Social Workers

Join us for exclusive events dedicated to qualified social workers registered with Social Worker England. Discover why Lewisham is the ideal career move in Children’s Social Care.

Please note these events are for qualified social workers registered with Social Worker England. Separate events for students and newly qualified social workers are planned. While we welcome international applications, please be aware that we are currently unable to sponsor work visas, and registration with Social Work England is required.

About Lewisham

Welcome to Lewisham – a vibrant and culturally diverse borough that is bursting with fantastic things to see and do. As a truly international borough with over 170 languages spoken in our homes and businesses, a thriving cultural scene, and a treasure trove of indie shops, bustling markets and more, it’s a great place to start and build a career.

Social work in Lewisham is changing and we have set out our vision and values for how we practice.  In Lewisham Children’s Social Care (CSC), we know what good social work looks like and we are passionate about creating the right conditions and culture for good practice to thrive.

Our social workers benefit from working in small, supportive teams with caseloads on average between 15-20 children. Our ‘Signs of Safety’ practice framework means we are committed to working in a relationship-based way with children and families, focussing on strengths in the family network to effect change. A positive learning culture which promotes opportunities for reflection and relationship-based practice is important to us. We are committed to developing our practice using reflective practice spaces such as case mapping, thinking spaces and group supervision. 

Our permanent and stable senior management team are visible and approachable.  Our dedicated PSW and workforce team supports professional development across the service so that you will;

  • be supported through our comprehensive learning and development offer, which includes subscriptions to ‘Research in Practice’ and ‘Making Research Count’.

  • receive regular supervision and appraisal.

  • have 1-1 practice development coaching as a case holding practitioner, and professional development coaching as a manager.

  • have access to regular ‘Signs of Safety’ training and the opportunity to become a practice leader through attending our bespoke practice leader course.  

  • have access to external leadership development opportunities such as Pathways and the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI).

  • have a clearly defined career progression pathway with opportunities for professional development at all levels.

We have a strong working relationship with Goldsmiths, University of London as part of the South East London Teaching Partnership so our practitioners have the opportunity to teach on social work courses as teaching consultants. We host ‘Step Up’, ‘Frontline’ and traditional route students and social workers have the opportunity to become practice educators.

Core CSC Staff Benefits include:

  • We have been awarded the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard – a benchmark for high employment standards. We are also one of the first London Councils to be accredited a London Living Wage employer and are a Disability Confident employer as well as a Timewise accredited Flex positive employer. We offer a 35-hour working week, and:

  • The opportunity to work in a thriving, diverse and developing inner London borough with a stable management team, manageable caseloads and a workforce group committed to promoting your development and emotional wellbeing

  • Generous salary for social workers at all levels

  • Generous holiday entitlement​ - starting at 27 days a year (plus public holidays) rising to 32 and 35 days after 5- and 10-years’ continued service. 

  • Oyster card access for travelling in and around London for work and we are exploring initiatives, including Zip cars

  • Flexible working policies​ and a variety of hybrid, and flexible working options – we know how important this is to you

  • Smarter Working with new modern technology and training to support this

  • Career average pension scheme

  • Family friendly policies including maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental, and special leave for emergencies.  ​

  • Variety of support schemes including key worker housing, tax-free childcare scheme, access to Civil Service Sports Club which offers financial discounts and savings on days out and entertainment. KAARP activities and entertainment discounts.  We offer a shop local discount scheme, volunteering leave, long service awards, membership of the Crownsavers Credit Union and access to Payroll Giving.

  • Health and Wellbeing support includes a staff support hub and 24/7 employee assistance programme which incorporates mental health support, counselling services and access to the PAM Assist health and wellbeing app.

  • We have signed the Menopause Pledge and offer gender specific and gender-neutral health and wellbeing support with access to financial advice. We offer discounted gym and leisure centre membership including free lunch time swimming; interest free loans for season tickets, nursery childcare, and bikes, a “try before you buy” bike scheme and cycle training, smoking cessation, free eye tests and money towards glasses.

  • Active Employee Groups including the Black and Multicultural Forum, Anti-racist Network Group, LGBTQ+ Forum, Disabled Staff Forum, Climate Emergency Staff Forum, Trade Union Memberships, and a staff-led Change Network​

Staff tell us they feel valued and enjoy working in Lewisham and are well supported by their managers with regular reflective supervision and good access to training.

“Lewisham has so much to offer any social worker. I feel supported, respected and valued every step of the way”

Lewisham Social Worker

If you have any questions about applying for this role, or if you are interested in having an informal discussion about working with us, please contact our Recruitment and Retention Manager, Angela Main at or Sara Taylor, our Principal Social Worker: