Social Worker – Children's Services, various locations across Lancashire

Lancashire County Council
£29,577-£38,890 per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Minimum salary for experienced social workers – £31,346.

Minimum salary for ASYE social workers – £29,577.


We currently have Social Worker vacancies across Lancashire in the following areas:-

  • Central - Preston, Chorley, Skelmersdale
  • North - Lancaster, Fylde & Wyre
  • East - Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Accrington


We have permanent full time posts (37 hours per week), part time posts and temporary posts covering acting up arrangements and maternity leave.


Lancashire County Council Children's Services is a progressive and innovative place to come and work for embracing strengths-based approaches and the Family Safeguarding model of practice. There are a range of exciting opportunities available across our social work teams as we go through positive changes and develop our service. This is a wonderful time to come and work for us!


As one of the largest local authorities with a diverse and evolving range of services there are also many opportunities for future career progression and professional development. The right support is key to effective practice and your positive experience as a Social Worker and we have a fantastic group of managers who share our values and aspirations for our service and their Social Workers to provide the support you need to thrive in your work.


In Lancashire we understand the importance of the right support, a healthy work-life balance and a manageable caseload. We are using national funding opportunities to enhance the developments in our service such as reducing caseloads, offering the best training and support, and increasing the range of services we offer to ensure our Social Workers can make a positive impact for Lancashire's children and families.


New recruits attend our established Social Work Academy an extensive induction programme followed by regular recall days and training for ASYE's to support increased knowledge and confidence in practice. The Academy is run by our team of Advanced Practitioners who provide a range of support, training and development across our service to help practice to be at the highest standards.


Working within the Duty and Assessment team


Extensive investment within the Children, Families and Wellbeing Service, as well as within the Family Safeguarding teams mean that workers within Duty and Assessment have the capacity and support to really focus on completing good quality and timely assessments. We are committed to delivering a service that enables families, children and young people to actively participate within these assessments, recognising that we are often the first point of contact during what can be a very difficult time for families. The ability to work with other agencies and professionals is essential to our work, and we support our workers to develop multi-agency plans that keep families together and achieve the best possible outcomes for children and their parents.


No two days are the same in Duty and Assessment. If you enjoy fast-paced work, relationship-based practice, and working with children and families to identify together what support they may need, then this is the team for you!


Working within the Family Safeguarding team


Family Safeguarding is a way of working to help keep families together and achieve better outcomes for children and their parents by engaging them in a more collaborative way. Our Family Safeguarding teams are multi-disciplinary with adult specialists and will hold our core Child in Need and Child Protection work taking a Motivational Interviewing approach.



Working within the Permanence team


The Permanence Service is made up of Children in Our Care teams and Leaving Care teams.


Within the Children in Our Care service we care and dare to have big goals, huge ambitions and aspirational dreams for our children and support them to achieve and believe in themselves.  Our children are at the very heart of absolutely everything we do, and we include our children in every decision made, from the very small ones to the really big ones!  We try not to let the sky limit us to how creative we can work together with our children.


We spend a lot of time listening to our children, and what they tell us is that they want us to organise lots of events & activities and to have fun with us – so this is what we do.  We have a strong focus on celebrating our children's achievements and successes, no matter how small or big and we encourage our children to dream big for themselves, so we can dream even bigger for them


As corporate parents, we work closely with our children's schools, health practitioners, foster carers, residential staff, and all the other professionals working with our children so that we can jointly support our children to achieve in every aspect of their childhood, into their adulthood


Within the Leaving Care Service, social workers will share our values for young people with high expectations for them to be safe and achieve in all aspects of their lives.    We support our young people to have a voice about how we work with them as well their views on how we develop our service.    We want social workers with knowledge and/or experience of our statutory role as well as skills in working alongside young people.  The role will involve carrying a complex caseload, chairing multi-agency meetings, assessments, reviews, and supporting our brilliant Personal Advisors across the service.


Working within the Fostering service


The Fostering Services' purpose is to provide the best alternative family homes to children and young people who are in our care where they cannot live with their birth parents.  This includes our Assessments with Families and Friends Team who assess and support family members and friends to care for children and aims to keep children within their extended family.  Our mainstream Recruitment and Assessment Team assesses, trains and prepares our next generation of foster carers to ensure that we always have foster families for our children who cannot live within their birth family.  Once approved our foster carers are supported and supervised by our Support to Permanence Teams to ensure that they have the skills, training and experience to provide the highest calibre of care to some of our most vulnerable children and young people. Additionally, our specialist SCAYT+ team helps to support carers using attachment focused therapeutic principals.


If you're looking to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in care, consider a career within the Fostering Service today!


Working within the Adoption service


Lancashire County Council are the host authority for the RAA, which provides a comprehensive service to families in Lancashire and Blackpool.  The RAA delivers recruits and assesses prospective adopters and supports adopters through family finding, matching and bridging up until the adoption order is granted. The R&A team are actively involved in Marketing campaigns as well as adoption preparation training. Our family finding team is responsible for identifying a suitable adoptive family for a child with a plan of adoption. This includes completing profiles of children, accessing linkmaker, attending adoption activity days and subsequent matching meetings. Finally, our adoption support team undertake adoption support assessments of families and oversee subsequent support and intervention. The team facilitate support groups, workshops and events for adoptive families, they work closely with multi agency partners and complete access to records for adoptees.




Please click here for more information on a wide range of employee benefits and to find out more about 'What's in it for you?' as a Social Worker in Lancashire.


The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Further information can be found on the 'Our Recruitment Process' tab.

You must be registered (Social Work England) to be appointed as a Social Worker. You will be required to provide a car for use in connection with the duties of this post and must be insured for business use. However, we may consider you if you cannot drive because of a disability.

We do not hold a sponsorship licence and can only consider applications from candidates who are legally entitled to work in the UK. If you do not have the right to work in the UK, your application will not progress.

This post is a COVID-19 critical post. The successful applicant/s will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and are strongly encouraged to take up the offer of the COVID-19 vaccination


 Job Description & Person Specification

Additional Information

  • Minimum Salary: 29577
  • Maximum Salary: 38890
  • Pay Basis: Yearly
  • Schedule Type: Full Time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: 37
  • Closing Date: Mar 31, 2023

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