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Senior Social Worker

The Role

Wandsworth and Richmond Councils Adult Services are recruiting a Senior Social Worker. The Senior Social Worker will be working within the Wandsworth Access Team. This is a very exciting time to join the team as we are currently going through a major re- design of our  service : the  aim is  to transform our front door service  by implementing a shift  away from  process - led intervention to a  more  dynamic -based practice model which places our clients at the very centre of all that we do. Our aim is to worker smarter, work efficiently and to work in genuine partnership with our clients, achieving the best possible outcomes.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop a career path into a management role there will be a thorough period of induction/training as well as regular support via supervision both formal and informal. Our vision is to “Deliver the Best for our Residents” and to promote all our residents ’s wellbeing by supporting people to stay active in their communities and retain their independence for as long as possible.

Your responsibilities as a Senior Social worker will be to:

  • Assist with the day to day management of the team
  • Deputise for the Assistant Service Managers when required
  • To provide case management, guidance, support and expert advice to social care staff, students and partner staff as and when required, maintaining the highest level of professional service and ensuring that the assessment and provision of social care services is in accordance with the Care Act 2014 guidelines and Council’s policies
  • To undertake the supervision of staff
  • To provide operational and motivational leadership of staff, promoting a good working environment with the primary aim of delivering high quality services.
  •  As a Senior Social worker you will mainly be involved in the day to day to management of the team – very occasionally you may be required to hold a case.

For a full job profile please view the attachment below.

What we can offer you

  • Strong commitment to professional supervision and supporting staff
  • Excellent training and support with continuing professional development through our Adult Social Care Academy 
  • Flexible Working
  • Staff benefits scheme/staff discounts


Interested candidates are invited to apply online by submitting a recent CV. This information will be used for shortlisting purposes. For an informal discussion please contact. Francesca Tortelli Assistant Service Manager on 0208 871 7168 or Clare Graham Assistant Service Manager on 0208 871 48601.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline:

Closing Date:               20th September

Shortlisting:                 W/C 21st September

Interview Date:           2nd October

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need), and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.  In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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