I can’t imagine working anywhere other than Southwark.
Southwark has an ethos of doing the right thing by children; it is important to know that you are working somewhere where the needs of children are put first.
I am proud to be working for Southwark due to the great importance given on developing my and other practitioners confidence and skills.
I work in Southwark because of the positive way in which the work is being managed, which does not amount to a heavy caseload which brings anxieties.
There are lots of opportunities such as professional development, which can include academic and in house training and also shadowing other employees in their roles.
Southwark is innovative and at the forefront of cutting edge Social Work practice. The "Social Work Matters" agenda has embraced a culture of Systemic, Secure Base and Restorative Social Work practice targeting support to reduce the risk of harm to children.
Southwark has a positive attitude to challenges and is able to adapt services to changing circumstances.
I get to meet families, work closely with social workers and also with a wide range of other professionals from across the borough.
I appreciate working here because we, in partnership of the Children in Care council (SpeakerBox) are working on some new, exciting and innovative projects.
I trust senior managers, there are good resources, stability in relation to staffing and we are offered good support.
I believe the offer of a healthy work life balance and opportunities and challenges has been a few of the main reasons why I have remained with Southwark for so long.
I enjoy my work and I really do, I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else as I do believe I get a lot of job satisfaction.
It is inspiring to manage a team who care deeply about the outcomes for children and go the extra mile to ensure their lives are better than they otherwise would be.
My heart was set on working with Southwark Children’s Service due to the Systemic Model of Practice, especially as I found that there were not many Local Authorities adopting this model of practice.
Coming to Southwark was a development opportunity for me, there is a real culture of reflective practice and open dialogue, which enhances the quality of the work that is being done.
The feedback from the families we work with reinforces my belief that Southwark supports and enables the kind of reflective and dynamic practice that makes a real difference to the lives of young people and their families.
In Southwark I have had a varied and progressive career. From being a Social Worker, to Experienced Social Worker, to Practice Manager, to Advanced Practitioner.
I have a young family, having flexibility and convenience of coming to work within 25-30min has been another plus for me to remain at Southwark – this provides me with a good work life balance.
Before coming to Southwark I heard a lot of positive things and instantly wanted to be a part of the Southwark movement.
Southwark has developed outstanding partnerships with local schools. The excellent communication makes multi agency working run smoothly for us and for all the clients we work with.
I wanted to make a difference with children and families in disadvantage. I have been working here for approximately 10 years.
I support the Service by ensuring everything in place for the managers and practitioners to be able to do their jobs.
I would say my commitment and dedication to working with the community/young people and their families is the thing I am most proud of.
My career has gone from strength to strength and there are promotion opportunities at Southwark.
Southwark provides me with what I look for in a job; independence, flexibility and above all job satisfaction.
The Borough is a unique mix of the old and the new. The residents, our clients, are diverse and interesting, from all over the world.
The training and learning, both formal and with live coaching, has been second to none, and far in excess of my previous experience.
I joined Southwark because the reputation it had for being a forward thinking borough with scope for children's services development. If offered a collaborative model of Early Help with a multi-disciplinary workforce and gave me the opportunity to take on a managerial responsibility.
During my time at Southwark I have become more confident with supporting families and working with a multi- disciplinary team. I feel I am a respected member of the Local Authority.
I am proud of the training and development work and when the conferences and reviews feel useful and helpful to children and their families.