Make a difference in Lancashire

Careers in Children's Services

Lancashire is a place we’re very proud of and we’re proud of the role the county council plays in it too. Serving 1.2 million residents across cities, towns and vast rural landscapes, we're one of the biggest councils in the country and deliver a wide range of innovative, successful services that really make a difference to people's lives.

We are currently looking to expand our children's services team as part of a transformation of children's services, supported by a multi-million pound investment. We're recruiting to jobs at all levels and there is a wealth of opportunity, as well as some important challenges, waiting for those who join us.

As the fourth largest local authority in the country, and the largest in the North, we offer numerous opportunities to learn and work across a variety of geographical areas and diverse communities.

Our employees are the key to our success and already deliver some exceptional services both at the frontline and behind the scenes. If you think you can make a positive difference to the lives of Lancashire children and their families, we'd love to hear from you.

Working with children, young people and families

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 recent Ofsted inspection, 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.

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.

Residential Service

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. 

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 (IROs) 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.

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.

Join our team

Join our team at this exciting time, there are a range of full and part-time opportunities on offer right across the county.

The Team Manager post in Lancashire will be responsible for managing a number of practice managers and social work teams within Lancashire, it is not a first line management post but a step up from this requiring an operational and more strategic approach. The team manager will lead on overseeing the work of the teams, analysing performance management information, and in ensuring effective systems and processes are in place to achieve the best outcomes for children.

The closing date for these jobs is Friday 16 June 2017 and the salary range is from £41,025 - £44,757.

The Practice Manager post is a first line management role developed to provide supervision, case direction and decisions to a small team of social workers and support workers within Children's Safeguarding and Assessment teams and the Children in Our Care teams. They will provide direct supervision to social workers and ensure that practice is of a good quality and meets the needs of children. Practice managers are required throughout the county and will be line managed by a team manager.

The closing date for these jobs is Friday 16 June 2017 and the salary range is from £36,379 - £41,025.

Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) within Lancashire hold a specialist role which stands alone in the Local Authority and has a high degree of autonomy and independence. 

IROs must be a qualified Social Worker with at least 5 years post qualifying, statutory childcare fieldwork experience. 

IROs are responsible for chairing statutory Looked After Children's Reviews, Child Protection Conferences and Specialist Safeguarding Meetings, with the primary task of ensuring that the care plan or child protection plan fully reflects the child or young person's needs and challenging deficits / practice issues where they arise.

The closing date for these jobs is Friday 16 June 2017 and the salary range is from £36,379 - £41,025.

The Senior Practitioner posts in Lancashire are based either within the children in our care teams, or safeguarding teams and require a minimum of three years post qualifying statutory experience in a front line child care team.

The Senior Practitioner will hold a caseload of complex cases and be expected to support and co-work cases with less experienced colleagues. The role has a focus on mentoring and modelling of good practice, to support driving forward improvements in practice across the districts with children and their families.

The closing date for these jobs is Friday 16 June 2017 and the salary range is from £31,601 - £36,379.

The Social Worker posts in Lancashire are based within various teams across the county. This gives social workers an opportunity to work within specialisms and develop these skills within those teams. Social workers will have the support and oversight from a practice manager and will also have access to an advanced practitioner. We are only able to consider agency workers with 12 months + post qualified experience.

The closing date for these jobs is Friday 16 June 2017.

The salary range for the following posts is £27,668 - £36,379.

The Residential Service manages mainstream and overnight break units across the county to provide high quality support for vulnerable children, young people and their families.

The service works with children and young people who are looked after by Lancashire County Council and who require facilities following an assessment for a short break as they have profound learning disabilities.

The following positions will be based in The Bungalow, Fulwood, Preston, a new residential home offering residential care to one or two young people who require enhanced support and bespoke planning in a smaller residential setting.

The closing date for these jobs is Sunday 25 June 2017.

In addition to the above roles we are also proposing to develop additional residential and outreach based support services and this will create recruitment opportunities across various grades.

If you wish to find out more about these forthcoming opportunities and register your interest please contact Paul McIntyre on 07766 367 597 or John Simpson on 07824 867 413.

The Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Service enables children and families to access appropriate support as early as possible, to help them maintain their quality of life, prevent any problems getting worse and reduce the demand for specialist support services. 

The closing date for these jobs is Friday 16 June 2017.

The salary range for these Neighbourhood Outreach Worker roles is from £16,491 - £17,772.

The Business Support Service works in a highly sensitive environment providing administrative support to different teams across Children's Services. The post holders will undertake administrative tasks, input and maintenance of manual and electronic records and provide a dedicated administrative service within the local operational team. 

All posts are based in the following locality areas:

  • North Lancashire - Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde and Wyre.
  • Central Lancashire - Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire.
  • East Lancashire - Burnley, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Pendle.

If our current jobs don't match what you're looking for you can register your interest and we'll send you updates and new opportunities when they become available.

Rewards and benefits

Join our team and we'll offer you excellent opportunities to progress and do new things, a commitment to support and supervision, and opportunities to influence and improve the way we work. In return for your passion and expertise we offer all of our staff a generous benefits package including:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution.
  • Great holiday entitlement.
  • Flexible working – helping you find work/life balance.
  • Relocation packages for eligible employees.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • A long service award scheme.
  • A good training programme with plenty of opportunities to grow in knowledge, experience and understanding.

Children's Social Care benefits

  • Payment of your Health and Care Professions Council fees every two years.
  • A £10 a day honorarium for practice educators.
  • An excellent Assessed and Supported Year in Employment programme and good links with universities.
  • Recognition through an annual social work awards ceremony.
  • A supportive environment - including intensive Advanced Practitioner support.
  • A clear risk management framework to help Social Workers in everyday practice make decisions.
  • Manageable caseloads (some of the lowest in the region).
  • The support of a Principal Social Worker who listens to and highlights the issues for social work staff and their everyday working practices right up to the Chief Executive.
  • Plenty of career opportunities including advanced practitioner, practice and team manager posts for the future.
  • A significant monetary payment for existing county council employees who refer a social worker into a role with the council (terms and conditions apply).

Choose Lancashire

Lancashire is a brilliant place to live with some of the most picturesque countryside you’ll find, from hills to coast, alongside cities and towns with creativity, history and potential abound. Our neighbours are the Lake District, Manchester and Liverpool.

It’s a place with space to live and play; an opportunity so much more than just a job.

The heart of Lancashire will also further its status as one of the fastest growing locations in the UK over the next decade – thanks to the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. The once-in-a-lifetime funding programme will create thousands of new jobs and homes, while increasing the size of the local economy by £1 billion.