Development & Benefits - Southwark
I’ve been supported at every level I’ve reached here. I am the team manager I always wanted to be.
Team Manager

Over 40% of our staff have been at Southwark between five and 15 years. The reasons they stay are as diverse as the people themselves. But we’re confident that the culture, career opportunities and rewards we offer are a big part of the story.


Learning and Development

At Southwark, the learning never stops. Every social worker has an online learning portal and has access to all-year-round learning and development opportunities. There are also scholarships, personal coaching, and professional development opportunities (where funding may be provided for career-enhancing further education).

We also offer the accredited Foundation Level in Systemic Practice for those who continue their career in Southwark, as well as training in restorative practices, secure base, and attachment or trauma informed practice.

Career progression

In 2018, we were awarded the “Gold” status award from the Investors in People organisation. The report noted that “Southwark has a culture that incorporates openness, truly supports diversity, trust and willingness to communicate, and involves all people at every level in the work of the council”. IiP also noted that personal development is embedded as a key part of our organisational culture.

Rewards package

We appreciate just how challenging children’s social care work is, and we’re always thinking about how best to reward the outstanding professionals who perform in this field. In return for your dedication and talent, you can look forward to:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Season ticket and cycle loans
  • Annual Leave starting at 28 days per year, increasing to 33
  • Flexible and agile working, from home or on-site
  • Wellbeing programme
  • HSF Health plan and eye care scheme
  • EAP employee assistance programme, confidential counselling and support
  • Social clubs and staff groups