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Careers in adult social care

Our social workers are committed, professional people who want to make a difference to the lives our residents.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share our commitment. Our recruitment and selection procedures for all staff are designed to make sure we only hire suitable people.

Newly qualified social workers

If you are newly qualified, you'll find us progressive and supportive and keen to help you develop your confidence and expertise.

Experienced social workers

If you are an experienced or senior social worker, you'll find we are committed to your professional development within jobs that are challenging and filled with variety.

Registering with Social Work England

  • to practise as a social worker, you must be registered with Social Work England
  • you must make sure that your registration is updated annually to continue working legally as a social worker
  • when a DBS re-check is carried out, the Social Work England register will also be checked

What we offer

We provide:

  • supportive management and supervision

  • small teams

  • manageable caseloads

  • excellent post-qualifying and professional development opportunities including Twilight workshops on the latest research-based practice as part of an education partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London

  • innovative approaches such as Theraplay, ADAM and Secure Base

  • excellent ASYE programme for newly-qualified social workers

  • career pathway

  • administrative support

  • salary sacrifice childcare vouchers

  • free parking near to work (non-contractual).

Benefits of working at Lewisham

Local Government Pension Scheme

Both employee and employer contributions, including tax-free lump sum, ill health, redundancy and death benefits.

Annual leave

Starting at 26 days a year, as well as public holidays, with increases to 31 and 34 days after five and 10 years' continued service.

Working hours

35 hours a week.

Family friendly policies

Covering maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

Financial loans

A range of interest-free employee loans.

Housing in the borough

If you can't afford to buy your own home or rent a good quality home on the open market then the Home Buy service may be able to direct you to options available.


Lewisham Council recruitment (excluding schools)

London Borough of Lewisham, First Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, LONDON SE6 4RU