Job Description

Additional salary details

This is a permanent position with a salary range of £51,663 – £64,725 plus an additional JNC financial benefits package to the value of £2,724 per annum (pro-rata April to March and reviewed annually).

The role

Southwark is committed to ensuring the lives and wellbeing of our children, young people and families is protected and improved by continued investment in high quality and innovative services, designed with our communities and delivering for them.

The Council’s vision of fairer future for all in Southwark is at the heart of our Children & Families Services and our drive to ensure all children and young people in Southwark grow up in a safe, healthy and happy environment where they have the opportunity to reach their potential.

As part of our approach to continuous improvement we have set a priority to develop “an improved cross system approach to the challenges of helping vulnerable adolescents – Ensuring our young people are safely able to grow towards independence and are protected from all threats and risks to them both inside and outside the home.”

Central to delivering our improvement priority is the development of a new Adolescent Safeguarding Service within our Children’s Social Care Division. The Service will develop as a centre of excellence for social work and social care delivery for vulnerable adolescents, both working directly with those most in need of help, support and protection, and working across the multi-agency partnership to understand, develop and embed innovation and best practice in supporting vulnerable adolescents, older children on the edge of care, and those at risk of exploitation and extra-familial harm.

At the heart of the new Service will be our Extra-Familial Harm and Missing Team. The Team will work with our statutory and non-statutory social care teams and the wider multi-agency partnership to lead and develop the whole Borough response to children at risk of exploitation and harm outside the home, contextual safeguarding, and those children and young people who go missing from home and care.

As the Service Manager you will need to be ambitious for yourself, our services and most importantly our children, young people and their families. You will be driven to see services across the partnership develop and improve, to meet the complex and changing challenges facing our communities, with an outward facing focus to learn and embed research and; local and national learning and best practice. You will have the opportunity to pilot, showcase and lead the development of innovative social care practice and partnership working across the Borough, and be a champion of ‘safeguarding first’ cultural change across services.

If you would like to know more information or a preliminary discussion, please contact Michael Crowe, Service Development Manager on

Recruitment timetable

Closing Date: 12/04/2021
Shortlisting Date: 15/04/2021
Assessments and Interview Date: 21/04/2021


(COVID-19) – information for job applicants:
Southwark Council are following the current Government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus. During this period, we still look forward to receiving your application and if you are selected for interview, we will be conducting interviews virtually using video link e.g. Microsoft Teams. Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants.


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Job Reference: SC04141