Working in Lambeth's Children's Social Care

We’re looking for people who are passionate about children’s social work, transforming lives, and making a difference.

In Lambeth, we are focused on practice that builds relationships, enables and supports change for families, and promotes children’s wellbeing and development. We believe that we can achieve this by working with families and children openly and collaboratively.

This led to the development of the 'Children at the Heart of Practice' framework, our innovative approach which is inspiring and enabling social workers to undertake great relationship-based social work practice.

Now is an exciting time to join Lambeth. We are developing an attractive social worker career development pathway, introducing new ways of working with children and families, and providing high-quality learning and development opportunities for all practitioners.

Under the leadership of the director of Children's Social Care, Alex Kubeyinje, we are creating an environment in which social workers can flourish and do their best work with children and families.

The people we need

We need people who:

  • are passionate about social work, transforming lives and making a difference
  • are not motivated by ticking boxes and following processes unthinkingly, but who have real skill and confidence in their professional judgement
  • understand that children are part of a bigger system, and can think creatively about working not just with the children themselves, but their families, schools, and other agencies.

Improvement Journey

In May 2018, three years on from being found ‘inadequate’, Lambeth Children’s Social Care was judged by Ofsted to be requiring improvement to be good. This progress came as a result of a rapid and exciting improvement journey, implementing significant change right across our children and family services.

Whilst this Ofsted report marks a significant chapter in our improvement journey, we recognise that there is more to do and we are ambitious to maintain the momentum. We are looking for experienced and talented social workers to help us achieve this.

We are continuing to implement our innovative 'Children at the Heart of Practice' framework, streamline our IT and workflows and utilise dedicated business support, so that social workers can get back to doing what they do best – direct social work with children and families.

Our social workers practice in small teams of six and benefit from a comprehensive training programme as well as a competitive pay and benefits package.