Blackburn with Darwen Council

Blackburn with Darwen Council

Blackburn is alive with entertainment, offering 3 local theatres that showcase the very best in live music, comedy and drama, as well as a whole host of famous faces. But the fun doesn’t just stop there. From The Mall Blackburn that offers all of your favourite high street stores under one roof to the fantastic Blackburn Market that provides customers with fabrics, cooked meats, heavenly scents and fresh flowers, Blackburn sure is a lovely place to live. Along with the Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery where visitors can discover Japanese prints, Egyptology and the largest icon collection outside of London, you can also relax and unwind at Witton Country Park. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise to us that Blackburn is a popular place to live and work, especially among social workers. Therefore, if you’ve been thinking of joining Blackburn with Darwen Council as a social worker, but would like more information on who they are and what they do, then please read this page to find out more.

All About Blackburn with Darwen Council

Blackburn with Darwen Council is a unitary authority area in Lancashire. It comprises Blackburn, the small town of Darwen to the south of it, and the surrounding countryside. There are 51 councillors, 3 for each of the 17 wards in Blackburn and Darwen. These wards include Audley and Queens Park, Bastwell and Daisyfield, Billinge and Beardwood, Blackburn Central, Blackburn South and Lower Darwen, Blackburn South East, Darwen East and Darwen South. The council’s goal is to ‘’enable all of our residents to achieve a good quality of life in a vibrant and thriving place, with strong community values and an inclusive society.’’

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Key Social Services Include:

Adoption: Where potential parents can learn about the adoption process, what this involves and whether it is right for them. They can also discover what support is available for adoptive families, adopted children and birth family members.

Fostering: Where potential foster parents can learn about the various types of fostering roles, whether their current situation would suit a foster child and the training that is available to ensure success.

Child and Family Assessment: Where practitioners can identify a child’s or young person’s needs early, assess those needs holistically, deliver coordinated services and review progress.

Other important services Blackburn with Darwen Council offers includes:

Types Of Social Work Roles Available At Blackburn with Darwen Council

The Blackburn with Darwen Council has a range of roles available for social workers, which includes working as part of child assessment teams and duty and assessment teams.

To see all of the roles we currently have on offer, please click here.

Why Blackburn with Darwen Council Is A Great Place To Be A Social Worker

  • They have jobs for all kinds of social workers, including those who want to work with children, with families, with those with learning disabilities and as part of court teams.
  • They offer great benefits to all of their employees, which includes flexitime, childcare vouchers, their staff discount scheme and reduced monthly gym membership.
  • They regulate their social workers to understand the areas in which greater support and provision is required, and to ensure that clients are getting the best level of care possible.

Our Relationship With Blackburn with Darwen Council

Due to our expertise within social work, we have a strong relationship with Blackburn with Darwen Council, and have a good number of candidates working there including social workers and Team Managers. Due to this, we are signed up to receive all of their agency vacancies, allowing us to send across CV’s that we feel are most suitable. If a candidate appeals to the council, they will suggest an interview, and we will contact the social worker to help set this all up.

We’ll then aid our social worker with interview practice and technique, and boost their confidence so that they can use their strengths throughout the process. Following on from the interview, we’ll gain feedback from the authority and if successful, we’ll arrange a start date.

Our support doesn’t end there however. All of our social workers benefit from a dedicated consultant, who checks in with them to ensure and maintain job satisfaction and address any issues or concerns.

‘’Can’t say enough positive things about Portman Recruitment! Well looked after, listened to and supported. Go above and beyond to find the right role for you.’’ – Phil

If you’d like to work for Blackburn with Darwen Council as a social worker, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today on 0161 327 0936 to learn more about us and the roles that we currently have available. 


Every time we begin looking to place a social worker in a role we find that we approach it completely differently. There is no one size fits all model when it comes to finding the right role for someone.

We believe, at Portman Recruitment, that it is just as important to find out what the candidates themselves are looking for, this allows us to keep every party happy because we know what each of them is after.

In our experience, social workers tend to know what they’re looking for. Once we know this we go out and speak to local authorities such as Blackburn with Darwen Council to discover what it is they’re wanting from social workers, we then communicate this to the prospective candidate.

However, this isn’t always the case, some social workers will be looking for a new role, something different and we endeavour to find them their dream role no matter how specific it may be.

We work hard to ensure the candidates’ CV is as optimised for the job at hand. Your dedicated recruitment specialist will work closely with you to produce the CV that shows all of your skills and qualifications off.

The vast majority of local authorities, including Blackburn with Darwen Council, look for candidates that have around 2 to 3 years experience. Having this level of experience is a good indicator that the candidate has a broad range of knowledge and has dealt with situations that may arise again while working for Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Sometimes, however, if demand allows, local authorities will consider hiring social workers that have around 12 months experience.

Blackburn with Darwen Council offers 37 hours a week contracts that are ongoing and they also expense 40p per mile.

Our approach is to ensure our consultants create strong working relationships with our social worker candidates. We do this to ensure that they feel comfortable picking up the phone and letting us know of any issue they may be faced with.

We don’t care if you’ve been with us for 5 minutes or 5 weeks. We want to hear your problem and we want to be able to help solve and put a plan of action in place to prevent it happening again. Should the role not be right we want to proactively manage the situation so that all parties are happy.

In short, pick up the phone straight away!

Portman Recruitment was founded on offering an above and beyond service.

We do this to ensure that we can stand out from our competitors because we know we’ll always be going the extra mile regardless. Candidates who work for Blackburn with Darwen Council feel supported and are more likely to provide their best care and give it their all knowing we’ve got their back.

We’re just a call away and will look to solve any and all problems quickly and efficiently

From the moment our social workers walk through the door they can see that we do things differently. They often comment about how supporting and understanding we are and love our hands-on approach.

We pride ourselves on our high level of service and our ethos of making sure the candidate comes first. Our social workers know that they’re not just another number on a spreadsheet – they’re a person, who wants to do a good job but wants to do it with a smile, knowing that they can come to us if they have any questions or concerns.

Even social workers who have found permanent work ring us or drop us an email to let us know how they’re getting on which further justifies our ways of working and going that extra mile.

We get out to see our clients as often as we can with onsite visits and they enjoy our popular team evenings out.

Social workers working with Portman Recruitment for Blackburn with Darwen Council are paid weekly via their requested payroll company.

We also operate an in-house PAYE scheme should someone want to use that to ensure they’re never out of pocket.

Working for Blackburn with Darwen Council has a whole host of benefits. Firstly you’re in a great location, you’re within commuting distance of Liverpool, Manchester and other surrounding areas. Secondly, you’ll be working for a council who values and respects you and the role that you do on a daily basis, just like Portman Recruitment.

The people of Blackburn recognise how important social workers are to the smooth running of the community and local area. For years Blackburn with Darwen council has provided high-quality services such as waste & recycling and maintenance of roads & highways.

We work hard to continue our honest and transparent way of working which helps create a welcoming environment different from that of our competitors.

You’ll struggle to find a level of service like ours at Portman Recruitment.

Our dedicated recruitment specialists respect the role that you, the social worker, do in our society and understand the difficult and challenging problems they can face on a daily basis. We want you to know that we’ve got your back if you choose Portman Recruitment.


Frequently Asked Questions

Blackburn with Darwen Council are looking for social workers with 2 or 3 years experience in the social work industry. This level of experience is a good indicator that the candidate has seen and done it all in the industry. However, during times of high demand some authorities will be looking for candidates with 12 months experience, while not the ideal 2 or 3 years experience, a year is still considered sufficient.

City Councils operate 35 hours per week contract and 40p per mile business mileage.

If you’re not happy with your current work assignment then please call us. It’s as simple as that. If it’s day 1 or day 101 we want to hear from you if you have a problem. We want to hear because a) we care and want what is best for you and b) we want to help come up with a solution to ensure that you’re happy with your role. Our dedicated consultants build strong working relationships and take your problems personally. Portman Recruitment is just a phone call away.

Since day one, Portman Recruitment was created to offer an above and beyond service for their social workers and their clients. This commitment and ethos enable us to stand out from our competitors because we know we’ll always go one step further than our competitors. From CV writing and interview techniques to more palliative support like phone calls and advice on anything related to their social work role. We’re just a call away and if that isn’t answered we’ll endeavour to get back to you that same day.

Here at Portman Recruitment, we are proud of the level of service that we offer. From the moment our social workers walk through the door they see how different we really are. We’re understanding, empathetic and genuinely care about our social workers. In our minds, the contractor always comes first and once they’re placed in a role we will endeavour to be in touch with them to help smooth out any issues. Plenty of social workers that have left us for more permanent roles will get in touch with us to check-in. We treat everyone like a part of our family and all enjoy meals out together and regularly visit social workers.

Whilst working for Blackburn with Darwen Council you will be managed by Portman Recruitment and paid weekly via their requested payroll company. We also operate an in-house PAYE scheme should someone want to use that to ensure they’re never out of pocket.

Our honest, transparent and caring way of working is something that is regularly commented on by our clients – its a level of service that is unlike many others. Our dedicated recruitment specialists respect the role of social workers in our society and understand the difficult and challenging problems they can face on a daily basis. You’re not just a number or someone who is filling a space. You’re a person. An individual social worker who deserves the best in practical and emotional help.

Working for Blackburn with Darwen Council is something you may choose for a number of reasons, but most often location and working within an area of familiarity is the primary reason. If you are considering working here and need advise, talk to one of our recruitment consultants about career opportunities.

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