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Why you should work in children's social care

Some of the main benefits of applying for a job in children's social care.

What we can offer you

  • a manageable caseload
  • small teams and administrative support
  • supportive management and supervision
  • research-based practice as part of an education partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London
  • career pathway to meet your learning and development needs
  • first-class ASYE programme for newly-qualified social workers with a starting salary of £33,162
  • excellent salaries: experienced social workers £38,148 to £40,155, senior social workers £42,336 to £44,364, advanced practitioners £48,404 to £49,428, team managers £52,470 to £54,513 and group managers £56,640 to £61,038
  • mobile and flexible working with access to smartphones and iPads for all front-line practitioners
  • free parking near to work (non-contractual)
  • salary sacrifice childcare vouchers. 

Benefits of working in the borough of Lewisham

Lewisham today is a successful and cosmopolitan part of London occupied by energetic, creative and diverse local communities. People here enjoy:

It is also changing. We have exciting developments taking place in our town centres and neighbourhoods. Find out more about our plans to regenerate the borough.

Benefits of working at Lewisham Council

  • 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 (plus public holidays) rising 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 Lewisham – as a social work professional in Lewisham, 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. 


We have excellent transport connections with national rail, the DLR and the London Overground connecting Lewisham with the rest of London and the south east as well as the rail and tube network. London Bridge, Canary Wharf, the City, London City Airport and the international rail terminal at Stratford are all within easy reach.

Getting here

Our Laurence House office is in Catford. The nearest train stations (Catford and Catford Bridge) are a five minute walk away and are on the South Eastern rail network. There are also many bus routes that stop outside or near Laurence House: 75,124,160, 171, 181, 185, 202, 284, 320 and 336.