Make a difference in Lancashire

Careers in children's social care

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 social care 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.

About Children's Services

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

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 will now be supported by the creation of 12 advanced practitioner posts and investment in more social worker posts and specialisms.

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.

Join our team

We're currently investing £4.6m in recruiting social workers and specialist staff across our social care, safeguarding, inspection, audit and adoption services. There's a range of opportunities on offer across the county.

We're looking for staff who can help us deliver the very best quality services for children and their families throughout Lancashire.

Our roles

It's an exciting time to join our social care team as an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) in Lancashire. The council has recently heavily invested further resource in this area to allow staff in the role to drive forward practice standards. 

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 practice issues where they arise. 

IROs are based in a specific locality and caseloads have been significantly lowered to a manageable level in line with the IRO handbook. This enables IROs to get to know the children and young people on their caseload and form good working relationships with staff and other professionals. 

Closing date: there is a rolling recruitment programme for these posts. Shortlisting will take place every two weeks.

The Social Worker posts are based either within the children in our care teams, or safeguarding teams. Social workers will have the support and oversight from a practice manager and will also have access to an advanced practitioner. We are particularly interested in social workers who have 12 months plus experience, however, newly qualified social workers are welcome to apply.

For more information please contact Lisa Dunkerley on 07500 884090 or via



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. 


All posts are based in the following locality areas:

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

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 also offer our staff a generous benefits package including:

  • Flexible working arrangements such as reduced hours and planned early finishes to ensure a good work-life balance.
  • A generous Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) scheme that allows staff to take up to 1.5 days per month.
  • Technology for mobile working including the option to use your work smart phone for personal use at reduced rates.
  • Payment of your Health and Care Professions Council fees every two years.
  • A £10 a day honorarium for practice educators.
  • A long service award scheme.
  • An excellent Assessed and Supported Year in Employment programme and good links with universities.
  • Recognition of our staff through an annual social work awards ceremony.
  • A supportive environment for Social Workers, including intensive Advanced Practitioner support.
  • A clear risk management framework to help Social Workers in everyday practice make decisions about risk.
  • 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.
  • A good training programme with plenty of opportunities to grow in knowledge, experience and understanding.
  • Children's Social Care have a range of services and teams enabling you to have the opportunity to diversify your career; these include Child Sexual Exploitation, Children in Need, Children in Our Care, Safeguarding and Assessment and MASH.
  • Plenty of career opportunities including advanced practitioner, practice and team manager posts for the future.
  • Opportunity to move around / across localities and services throughout a career.
  • A generous relocation reimbursement package to move to Lancashire.
  • 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.