About Camden

Camden, located in northwest London, is a vibrant and diverse borough known for its rich history, cultural landmarks, and bustling atmosphere.

Home to iconic attractions such as Camden Market, Camden Lock, and the Roundhouse, the borough is a mecca for music, fashion, and alternative culture. Its streets are filled with a vibrant mix of independent shops, street art, live music venues, and a wide array of international cuisines.

Camden's green spaces, including the famous Hampstead Heath and Regent's Park, provide tranquil retreats from the bustling city life. The borough is also renowned for its thriving arts scene, with numerous galleries, theaters, and festivals showcasing diverse artistic expressions.

Camden benefits from excellent transport links, including multiple tube and overground stations, making it easily accessible from all parts of London. Whether exploring its markets, enjoying live music, or immersing oneself in its vibrant atmosphere, Camden offers a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

About children's social work in Camden

Throughout Camden’s history we have seen communities come together to tackle problems, and to bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, vibrant and diverse - at Camden we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4,400 staff, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

Our staff are at the heart of everything we do and we need people who share our values. We recruit for attitude and develop for skills.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

Camden is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Together we want to make Camden a better borough – a place where everyone has the chance to succeed, where nobody gets left behind, and where everybody has a voice.

We strongly believe that through addressing disadvantage, we can contribute to ensuring citizens live happily and healthily, with better outcomes for individuals, families and communities. 

Over the last few years we have been working hard to ‘shift the balance’ of our services to ensure we intervene early and prevent needs escalating – to enable us to focus our resources on those citizens who really need them, while also trying to prevent complex issues from happening in the first place. 

Many residents are held back by problems and challenges that have been around for too long. We need to continue to innovate to respond to these long-standing problems, focusing on tackling the root causes.

Inclusion and diversity

We want Camden Council to be a great place to work and an organisation that we have pride in.

A vital part of this is ensuring we are a truly inclusive organisation that encourages diversity in all respects, including diversity of thinking. 

By doing this, we will ensure we continue to represent our communities to the best of our ability and deliver our ambitions for Camden. It matters to us that:

  • Everyone is able to be their best self at work: being who they are, being listened to, valued and respected.

  • People who work here reflect the diversity of Camden, and understand the place and our communities.  

  • We know that everyone of us have biases: but we work to understand, challenge, learn and evolve from them for the better. 

  • We value and celebrate difference and how that adds to our culture. 

  • We use our differences to help us make better decisions, rather than pretending we’re all the same. 

  • That we are all responsible for calling out anything that is not right, doesn’t support these values and needs to be stopped. 

  • That everyone comes to work with the determination to resolve and learn from the things that are not right. 

  • We don’t tolerate any form of discrimination, victimisation, harassment or bullying. 

 Our award winning, state of the art main building at Pancras Square is ideally situated for King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations. Take our virtual tour to get a closer look in and outside of the building.

We are outstanding!

We’re extremely thrilled to announce that the Council’s children’s services have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, placing Camden as one of the best performers in the country.

The report scored the overall effectiveness of the Council’s children’s service as ‘outstanding’ - the highest score that can be achieved.

Ofsted found that children and young people in Camden are not only well protected against harm and abuse – with early help services also playing an important role in picking up issues before they become worse - but children in care and care leavers are listened to and given a wide range of opportunities to progress and thrive. Children’s social workers in Camden also said they were “proud” to work for the Council.

Ofsted also referenced Camden’s response to the refugee crisis in Afghanistan saying, “the concerted and agile response to the sudden influx of people from Afghanistan seeking asylum was particularly impressive and involved key partners from both inside and outside the borough.”

Camden's ambitious vision

Our commitment to tackling inequality and poverty runs through everything we do.

At the heart of this is our children’s safeguarding and social work service – where our teams work hard to bring a new and innovative way of working to ensure a system that works for all.

We want to make Camden a better borough – a place where everyone has a chance to succeed and where nobody gets left behind.

Together, we will create a place that works for everyone, and where everybody has a voice.

Our offer to you

We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine how we’re supporting people, and we’ll redefine what a career can be.

We offer our staff:

  • The opportunity to work in a children's service environment rates 'Outstanding' by Ofsted

  • Hybrid Working arrangement

  • A strong Flexible Working Culture

  • Pension enrolment

  • Corporate gym membership

  • A competitive salary

  • Season ticket loans

  • Competitive annual, maternity and paternity leave allowances

  • Cycle to work scheme

All qualified social work staff will receive a reimbursement of the cost of their Social Work England fee.

Find out more

For more information about working in Camden, please email resourcing@camden.gov.uk