We're committed to keeping children safe, protected and supported and the Children and Young People's Plan describes our vision, reflecting what children and young people in Lancashire have told us is important to them. We're here to help them:
- Be happy
- Be listened to
- Feel safe
- Do well
- Be healthy
We're looking for staff who can help us deliver the very best quality services for children and their families throughout Lancashire. Our staff tell us they are committed to the authority and that’s' why our workforce has remained relatively stable in comparison to other councils. We have an ongoing commitment to work/life balance so if you come to work for us you will find a friendly environment which supports staff to deliver the best outcomes for children and their families.
Children's Social Care
Following our Ofsted inspection in 2015, we have listened to feedback and as a result, children's services in Lancashire is changing. We are investing in our children's social care workforce and have a variety of exciting career opportunities for social workers whether you want to stay in practice or become a senior manager. We have always had a great learning and development offer and this is now supported by the creation of 12 advanced practitioner posts to support practice at the front line and investment in more social worker posts and specialisms.
Safeguarding, Inspection & Audit Service
The overarching focus of the Safeguarding, Inspection and Audit Service is to ensure the local authority has in place effective arrangements to safeguard children and young people. The service is responsible for driving and maintaining safeguarding improvements within children's services and takes a lead role in the preparation for inspections undertaken by Ofsted.
Through our Participation Lead, it promotes the engagement and participation of children and young people alongside facilitating a programme of work and initiatives to develop good quality social work practice led by our Principal Social Worker. We also have a team of Advanced Practitioners who support staff and in particular the ASYE programme across the county, offering one to one support, reflective supervision and training.
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH) - MASH is a centralised multi- agency team including police, education, probation, fire and rescue, YOT, prevention and early help, and qualified social workers from children's and adult social care, which identifies and makes safe vulnerable people in our communities at the earliest opportunity. The MASH social workers ensure that appropriate decisions and pathways for referrals are either stepped up for a statutory assessment or stepped down to prevention and early help.
Emergency Duty Team (EDT) - The Emergency Duty Team (EDT) service provides a crisis support and emergency social service outside of core working hours and responds to crisis/urgent situations across Lancashire. These can include the most serious child protection and adult safeguarding referrals and Mental Health Act assessments.
Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) - Independent Reviewing Officers are responsible for chairing children looked after reviews, child protection conferences and a range of specialist strategy meetings, including allegations against adults working in regulated activity with children, suspected cases of fabricated/induced Illness, children missing from care, children looked after who display sexually harmful behaviour towards other children and cases of serious self-harm to children who are looked after.
Fostering and Adoption
The Fostering and Adoption Service manages the short and long term care arrangements for children in Lancashire. The service recruits, trains and assesses a diverse range of prospective foster and adoption carers, carefully matching and placing children with approved carers who can meet their individual needs. The service provides ongoing training and support to carers to develop their skills and to successfully maintain placements. The team also arranges and supports contact arrangements, enables access to birth records, facilitates support groups and counselling.
The Residential Service in Lancashire has a strong track record of delivering good and outstanding care and support to young people. We are expanding and reshaping the service to meet the needs of young people who require specialist residential care, and to build on the success of the Outreach Service in supporting young people to remain with their families. You will join a large, experienced and well-established service with excellent support and development opportunities.
Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help
Working together with key partners, our newly established Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Service (WPEHS) provides early help on a whole range of issues affecting families and targeted services for children and young people across the age range 0-19yrs+. We aim to ensure that we have maximum impact on achieving positive outcomes for families across Lancashire – offering the right help and support in the right place, at the right time.