With such a broad geographical location, there are many complex and varied issues across the local authorities that we work with. These include gang-related violence, child sexual exploitation, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, and significant disparities between the richest and poorest families. The need for dedicated and dynamic social workers in this region is enormous.
We are confident that you will find it rewarding and challenging living and working in the capital. London will provide you with experiences that allow you to develop the skills to be an effective, knowledgeable and empathic social work practitioner.
- In Greater London 134,820 children were in need throughout 2015 – 16 (UK GOV 2016).
- 81% of children in need in Greater London did not achieve 5 A*- C grades at GCSE including English and Maths (UK GOV 2016).
- Over 1 in 20 looked after children in Greater London have been convicted of a crime before their 18th birthday (UK GOV 2016).
- London contains 11 of the top 20 local authorities with the highest rates of child poverty across the UK (End Child Poverty 2016).
- Over 1 in 15 looked after children in inner London have been identified as having a substance misuse problem (UK GOV 2016).
London’s population is 8.63 million and growing. It is a densely populated city and its borders are growing wider to meet the need of an expanding population. The diversity, culture and fast paced-lifestyle is one of the biggest draws, as well as its quick and easy connections to any region of the country and abroad.
The living costs in London are generally considerably higher than elsewhere in the country. Prices for a one-bedroom property cost around £1100 a month, and for a reasonable standard single room range between £500 and £800 a month. While using public transport may be sufficient in our inner London local authority partners, outer London local authorities may require you to have a car.
Key benefits of living in the region
- Good public transport links across London and the South East.
- As the capital city, there is a whole host of things to do and see in London.
- A strong cultural scene with many museums, art galleries and theatres.
Participants in the region
We will be placing around 88 participants from our 2017 Cohort in local authorities across the region.
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I definitely feel like I’m part of a positive movement to change social work – and I’m thankful to be part of it.
I don’t know any other career where you can work in such a collaborative way with a child and their family.
Everyone has a different story, but we all share a passion for helping vulnerable children and families.
I work with children within the criminal justice system and their families to reduce reoffending and manage their risk to themselves and others.