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Fostering Social Worker - Maternity Cover

Cumberland Council
Carlisle, Cumbria
£40,221 - £41,418 per annum
Closing date
1 May 2024

Job Details

Are you an experienced and hard-working Social Worker looking to develop your career?

Who we are looking for

Someone who enjoys a varied post; as duties include the recruitment, training and assessment of applicant foster carers, including some evening and weekend working. Social Workers have a case load of carers whom they visit regularly and support through supervision review and panel meetings. They also assist in the investigation of allegations and support carers through these processes. In addition social workers will be on a rota to assist the matching children with internal carers, this can mean working under pressure. Social workers also facilitate support groups and further training for carers to enable them to parent therapeutically and could be asked to take the lead on a project. This post is based at Cumbria House but will include travel throughout the Eden Valley and beyond.

What can we offer you! We offer a generous benefits package including:  

  • Reimbursement of your Social Work England registration / renewal fees.
  • A comprehensive induction that helps you settle in and get to know your team, service area and multi-agency partners. 
  • We know that having a good work / life balance is important, that’s why we offer a number of different flexible working options such as 9 day fortnights, hybrid working and family-friendly work patterns such as flexible start and finish times.
  • Bespoke training package that offers excellent training aimed at helping you to increase your knowledge and skills. We have training for those wanting to be practice educators and those interested in progressing to management and leaderships roles. We have links to research ambassador projects and encourage practitioners to undertaken research projects.
  • You will receive an increased salary upon successful completion of your probationary period.
  • We offer a mileage allowance and access to company pool cars. Tusker Car Leasing Scheme and Car Loan Schemes are also available.
  • Relocation packages are available with financial incentives of up to £8000. (Terms and conditions apply)
  • You will have frequent interaction with our welcoming Senior Leadership Team who foster a supportive and collaborative working environment.
  • You will have regular meetings with your Principal Social Worker via monthly drop ins and participation events where you will be able to share your good ideas, showcase good practice and have reflective discussions. 
  • Celebration and recognition events to showcase the fantastic work of all our Social Workers, Social Care Workers and Managers; this includes yearly events to celebrate World Social Work Day, regular staff engagement events where we showcase good practice and achievements and frequently nominating members of staff for national awards.
  • Strong Partnerships with Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria for the purposes of practice education and research.
  • Cycle to work scheme, 20% off childcare discount for working parents, free eye tests and so much more.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution.
  • Generous Annual Leave Entitlement.
  • Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Parental Leave.
  • Sickness Pay
  • Cycle to work scheme, 20% off childcare discount for working parents, free eye tests and so much more.

If this sounds like you, and you share our passion, then please get in touch!

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Team Manager, Carolyn Millican via

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