Social Worker (Peripatetic)

Lancashire County Council
Preston, Lancashire
£30,095- £39,571 Per annum
Closing date
26 Aug 2022

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The Fostering service has been through a period of transformation alongside other areas of Children's Services.  This has seen significant investment into the Fostering Service which is enabling the service to recruit a number of social workers. 

The social worker may support at different times each of the three service areas which are as follows:

Fostering Recruitment and Assessment Team:  This team is responsible for the recruitment and assessment of mainstream foster carers to meet the needs of our children looked after in Lancashire.  Social workers within this team are responsible for the recruitment, training, preparation and assessment of prospective foster carers.

Assessment with Family and Friends Team:  This team is responsible for the assessment of family and friends as connected carers.  Social workers are responsible for undertaking dual fostering and special guardianship assessments.  They are responsible for the training and preparation of such carers to meet the specific needs of the children whom they are being assessed to care for.  Social workers are responsible for undertaking regulation 24 temporary approval assessments and supporting and supervising regulation 24 carers.  Social workers may be required to attend Court as part of their role in considering suitability of alternative carers where care proceedings are ongoing.

Support to Permanence Teams:  These teams are responsible for the support and supervision of all approved foster carers, that is both mainstream and family and friends foster carers.  These social workers are responsible for undertaking regular support and supervision visits to foster carers, to facilitate support groups and training, to support the variety of fostering initiatives that supports the retention of foster carers.

In Lancashire our new recruits attend our established Social Work Academy, this is 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 Practice Development Managers who provide a range of support, training and development across our service to help practice to be at the highest standards.

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. We also recognise that the right support is key to effective practice and your positive experience as a Social Worker We have an excellent group of managers who share our values and aspirations for our service and who provide their Social Workers the support you need to thrive in your work.  

The team covers work countywide and on occasion, nationwide.

For an informal discussion please contact Emma Bottomley

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.


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 with Social Work England to be appointed as a Social Worker or have applied to register with Social Work England.

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


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



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: Aug 26, 2022

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