Social Worker – Duty & Assessment

Lancashire County Council
£30,095 -£39,571 Per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Starting salary for experienced social workers – £31,895.

Starting salary for ASYE social workers – £30,095.


We currently have Social Worker vacancies across our Duty & Assessment Team 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. We offer the best training and support, and are 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!



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.


How to apply…

You are welcome to contact Natalie Burns at, Rachel Barnes at or Peter Knowles at for an informal discussion or go direct to

Please ensure you have uploaded and attached your supporting statement to evidence how you meet the criteria for the role. The panel may be unable to shortlist you for interview without this evidence.


Additional Information


In return Lancashire County Council offers a range of benefits, found on our website here


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.

We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications.

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.

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 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.

You must be registered (SWE) to be appointed as a Social Worker or have applied to register with the Social Care Council. For Social Worker/Care Manager positions where non social worker qualifications are accepted, registration is not required, and you will be appointed as a Care Manager.

Job Description & Person Specification

Additional Information

  • Minimum Salary: 30095
  • Maximum Salary: 39571
  • Pay Basis: Yearly
  • Schedule Type: Full Time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: 37
  • Closing Date: Mar 31, 2023

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