We are selecting and recruiting candidates every two weeks. Apply today.
In 2012, our Children’s Social Care service gained quadruple outstanding ratings from Ofsted. It was an achievement we were all very proud of. And it’s an achievement that, following the inadequate rating we received in our most recent Ofsted inspection, inspires us to turn things around.
Our service has the potential to be outstanding once again – and to maintain those high standards in the long-term. Help us to get there and we’ll give you everything you need to excel in your career. Not only that, but you’ll discover just how rewarding it is to be part of one of London’s most diverse and vibrant communities.
We provide specialist frontline services to children and young people aged from 0 to 24 years, and are committed to ensuring they are protected from abuse or neglect.
Since our May 2015 inspection, we’ve worked hard to address the underlying causes of Ofsted’s judgement, to develop a comprehensive work plan, and to ensure we focus on outcomes for children and families, rather than process and compliance. With a new leadership team and a flatter structure with clear responsibilities, we’ve introduced smaller teams, a new advanced practitioner role and better business support.
Our new practice framework builds relationships, enables and supports change for families, and promotes children’s wellbeing and development. We believe we can achieve this by working with families and children openly and collaboratively. Our commitment to relationship-based social work extends to how we work with partners and providers, where we build effective professional working relationships that enable families to change and thrive.
Alongside a culture of collective responsibility and collaboration, we emphasise ownership of practice. Learning takes centre stage - including mandatory training in our preferred methodologies, and ensuring they’re embedded in future practice to secure the development of professional confidence and expertise. All of this is a big step in the right direction. Now we’re looking for talented social care professionals to inspire the next stage of our journey.
The scope for impact here is great. But there are other reasons to join us. From manageable caseloads and different work-life balance options through to fair and robust performance management, we’ll do all we can to ensure that you can be at your best.
Lambeth Council provides a broad range of services to some 303,000 residents and hundreds of businesses – everything from planning to social work, housing to schools. Everything we do is guided by our values, and we look for people who are as committed to these principles as we are:
Fairness: ensuring all our staff and customers are treated equally.
Respect: consulting our communities, valuing our staff and treating everyone with courtesy.
Excellence: attaining high standards for all customers and recognising staff who provide excellent service.
Service: ensuring that customers receive the services they want and need.
Honesty: being open with all staff and customers and fighting fraud, dishonesty and discrimination.
The Borough of Lambeth reaches south from the Thames at the South Bank and Vauxhall, through Clapham and Brixton to Streatham Vale and West Norwood. The area has a rich history of welcoming visitors and is home to communities from around the globe. Brixton is a centre of African-Caribbean culture with a legendary market showcasing food from every continent. Meanwhile, we’re home to some of London’s best-known attractions, such as the Coca-Cola London Eye and the Sea Life London Aquarium, as well as some lesser known gems like the Cinema Museum and Vauxhall City Farm.
We’re an inner London borough but we have plenty of greenery with areas like Clapham Common (one of London’s largest open spaces) and Brockwell Park. You can catch cricket matches at the Oval, try ice skating at our rink in Streatham, enjoy a workout at one of our leisure centres (including three brand new ones) or take a dip in Brockwell Lido. We have a thriving nightlife too, with a host of bars, clubs, theatres, cinemas and the O2 Brixton Academy.
There really is something for everyone in our borough. So whether you live here, work here or both, you can definitely get more out of London in Lambeth.
The Victoria Tube line will take you all the way down to Brixton and the Northern line passes through Stockwell and Clapham. Frequent overground train services run to and from Waterloo, and services from London Victoria, London Bridge and Blackfriars will take you to West Norwood and Streatham. The network of bus services will also take you to all corners of the borough. Visit tfl.gov.uk for route maps and up-to-date travel information.
If you prefer two wheels, there are three major cycle routes – routes 3, 5 and 25 are all part of the London Cycle Network. A Lambeth Cycling Map is available to download from our website at www.lambeth.gov.uk
“I chose to work for Lambeth as I saw that I’d have progress in my chosen field. My managers and colleagues are great and helpful”.
Children, Adult and Health Administrator since January 2015