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. As the fourth largest local authority in the country and the largest in the North, we serve 1.2 million residents and deliver a wide range of innovative, successful services that really make a difference to people's lives.

We're transforming Children's Services...

Following our Ofsted inspection in 2015, we're expanding our children's services team as part of a multi-million pound transformation of the service and recruiting to jobs at all levels.

We have opportunities across a variety of geographical areas and diverse communities. There is a wealth of opportunity, as well as some important challenges, waiting for those who join us whether you want to stay in practice or become a senior manager.

Join us and make a positive difference

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.

Join our team

We have a range of full and part-time opportunities on offer right 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. 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.

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.

Working together with key partners, our Children and Family Wellbeing Service 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 achieve positive outcomes for families across Lancashire – offering the right help and support in the right place, at the right time.

See all of our current opportunities in the Children and Family Wellbeing 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.

See all of our current job opportunities in the Residential Service.

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 Advanced Practitioner posts to support practice at the front line and investment in more social worker posts and specialisms.

See all of our current job opportunities in Children's Services.

The Safeguarding, Inspection and Audit Service ensures the county council has effective arrangements in place 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.

  • Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH) - MASH is a multi-agency team which identifies and makes safe vulnerable people in our communities. The team ensures that appropriate decisions and pathways for referrals are progressed.
  • Emergency Duty Team (EDT) - The EDT service provides a crisis support and emergency social service outside of core working hours. They also respond to crisis/urgent situations including serious child protection and adult safeguarding referrals and Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) - IROs are responsible for chairing children looked after reviews, child protection conferences and a range of specialist strategy meetings. These could include allegations against adults working with children; 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.

See all of our current job opportunities in Children's Services.

The Fostering and Adoption Service manages the short and long term care arrangements for children in Lancashire.

Here are some of the tasks the service carries out:

  • Recruiting, training and assessing new foster and adoption carers
  • Matching and placing children with approved carers
  • Ongoing training and support to develop carers skills
  • Facilitates support groups and counselling

See all of our current job opportunities in Children's Services.

The Business Support Service works in a highly sensitive environment providing general administrative support to different teams across Children's Services. The roles are varied, interesting and challenging providing administrative support to Children’s Services managers and operational staff.

See all of our current opportunities in Business Support.

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
  • A generous relocation reimbursement package to move to Lancashire. #WhereLifeFeelsGood
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • A long service award scheme
  • Excellent training package to support Continued Professional Development
  • A management team committed to supporting you to provide the best for our children and families

Children's Social Care benefits

  • Payment of your Health and Care Professions Council fees every two years
  • £10 a day honorarium for practice educators
  • 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)

Supporting our Social Workers

Support you will receive 

As a new recruit to Lancashire Children's Services you will attend our Social Work Academy. The Academy is a 12-month programme to support you through your initial year with us. The programme includes attendance at a full time, two week induction prior to joining a team. This ensures that you begin your social work career with us prepared for practice and aware of the vast amount of support available to you. Within your first two weeks you will be provided with a yoga and smart phone and receive the necessary training in order to practice in accordance with our policies and procedures.

Are committed to supporting newly qualified social workers throughout their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment, with staff returning to the Academy to receive further dedicated support at recall sessions at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months ensuring a structured approach to our continuing professional development offer.

Development and career progression through the Children's Services Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy provides a range of bespoke development opportunities for leaderships at all levels, via a range of accredited and non-accredited routes. The Leadership Academy will support practitioners and managers in creating a learning environment where good social work can flourish, innovation is encouraged, staff are appropriately challenged and performance managed. 

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.