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Social Work Job Vacancies in Lancashire

From the sights, sounds and beautiful beaches of Blackpool and Morecambe to the rolling hills and stunning countryside of Skelmersdale, Preston and Lancaster, Lancashire is certainly one of the country’s most versatile counties, with much to offer the people who visit, live and work there. That’s not to mention the wide range of job opportunities that are available, spanning sectors as varied as marketing, technology, farming and of course – social work. Therefore, if you’ve been thinking of joining Lancashire County Council as a social worker but want to know more about the council itself, and the roles that we have available through them, then we recommend you read this helpful page.

All About Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire. It consists of 84 councillors, 1 for each of the 84 electoral divisions of Lancashire, which includes Farington, Garstang, Heysham and Whitworth, as well as Wyreside, Amounderness, Poulton-le-Fylde, Skerton and West Craven. Providing their constituents a wide range of useful services, their main goal is to ‘’serve everyone who lives and works in Lancashire, to help its people be healthy, happy and enjoy a good quality of life’’. They’re also there to protect the most vulnerable members of their ‘’communities who need some extra support’’.

Lancashire County Council’s Key Social Services Include:

Adoption: Where potential parents can learn about what health, lifestyle and personal circumstances influence their ability to adopt, and whether adoption is the right choice for them. Adopters can also learn about some of the children who are in need of parents, and meet some of the parents who have taken the plunge already.

Fostering: Where potential foster parents can learn how to become a foster carer, all about the council’s team and their assessment process, as well as gain information on training, guidance and support.

Special Educational Needs And Disabilities: Providing support with everything from Education, health and care (EHC) plans, giving parents a respite and ensuring the overall well-being of those with special needs and disabilities.

Other important services Lancashire County Council offers includes:

Types Of Social Work Roles Available At Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council provides candidates will a great range of social work-based roles, which includes working as part of child disability, CSE and transition teams.

Some of our current roles include:

  • QSW – Transitions Team – Working With Adults.
  • QSW – Children With Disabilities (CWD) Team – Working With Children & Families.
  • QSW – Advanced – Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Team – Working With Children & Families.
  • QSW – Advanced – Placement with Family and Friends Team – Working With Children & Families.

For our full range of Lancashire-based roles, please click here.

Why Lancashire County Council Is A Great Place To Be A Social Worker

  • They have opportunities for all types of social workers, including those who want to work with children, with families, with those living with disabilities and children who will be transitioning into adult services, by assessing their needs and developing care plans to meet them.
  • Their dedication and commitment to their social workers ensures that they all feel part of a team that they can rely on, and want to be a part of.
  • 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 Lancashire County Council

Authorities, such as Lancashire County Council, are typically governed by a vendor system. This system manages all of the jobs that the council currently has on offer, and sends them out to the agencies, like Portman who are registered with them. These jobs then get filtered to us and, based on their specifications, we put forward CVs through the same system. If a candidate is successful the vendor will request an interview through the system and we then contact the successful social worker.

We’ll then help our social workers with interview practice and technique, and call them on the day to ensure they are well-prepared. Post-interview, we’ll chase 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 are assigned to a knowledgeable and supportive consultant who regularly checks in with them to help maintain job satisfaction and overall happiness.

‘’I honestly can’t fault Portman. Adam replies pretty much instantly and I think if Adam wasn’t there, I could call the Portman office and anyone would speak to me. It’s good to know that he’s there if I need anything. He’s been a fantastic support.’’ – Jeremy

If you’d like to learn more about working as a social worker for Lancashire County Council, please give us a call today on 0161 327 0936.


What process do you use to select social workers for positions?

Selecting a social worker for Lancashire County Council requires different approaches with each candidate. A bespoke approach is needed because candidates strength and experience differ. Work experience is important but at Portman Recruitment we think it’s just as important to ask the candidate what they’re looking for. We want to ensure that the candidate finds themselves in a role they enjoy. Some candidates may be looking for a new challenge and some may just want a similar role. Regardless of what they are after, our job at Portman Recruitment is to ensure your CV is optimised for whatever role they’re after. In our experience, the vast majority of social workers know exactly what they’re looking for. This allows us to go out and speak to clients and then make individual social workers aware of the jobs that match their requirements, skills and experience.

Local authorities like Lancashire County Council tend to look for social workers that have 2 to 3 years experience in the social work sector. This level of experience ensures that the candidate has the breadth of experience needed to deal with all types of social work.

However, on occasion and if demand allows it, Lancashire County Council will look for workers with 12 months experience.

Lancashire County Council offers 37 hours a week contract and business mileage is paid at 39p per mile.

Any social worker who is having a problem with their role should call their dedicated consultant at Portman Recruitment. It doesn’t matter what the problem is or how long you have been working in the role – we ask that social workers call us as soon as possible so that we can help solve it and put in an action plan.

Our consultants build strong relationships with their social workers and really care about the wellbeing of them. This makes us confident that social workers feel comfortable picking up the phone and getting a problem off their chest.

Since day one, Portman Recruitment has offered their clients an ‘above and beyond’ service, this ethos has been with us since day one and it’s served us well over the years. This ethos has helped us provide a high level of service and we know we’ll always go the extra mile.

We work hard to make sure we can answer them quickly and efficiently, we’re just a call away for our social workers who often come to us with questions and queries.

Our support comes in many different forms. From curating a CV to make it as relevant and effective as possible to help them with any questions, queries or concerns, we do our utmost to help our social workers have a good work-life balance.

We do everything we can to help our clients feel comfortable so they can excel in their role.

We pride ourselves on the high level of service that we offer to our social workers. We love hearing comments about how assured and secure our social workers feel knowing they have a recruitment company that has their back. You will immediately see that we do things a little differently here at Portman Recruitment, from the moment you walk through the door. You, the candidate always come first. We care about our experienced and dedicated social workers and we’ll make sure you’re never a number on a spreadsheet. Even social workers that have left us for a permanent role will often drop us a call to ask how we are getting on. We go out to see as many candidates as possible with onsite visits and regular team nights out.

Social workers working with Portman Recruitment for Lancashire County Council will be paid weekly via the payroll company that they requested. We also have an in-house PAYE scheme should someone want to use that to ensure they’re never out of pocket.

Working at Lancashire County Council puts you at the heart of a community that looks out for each other. Social workers are highly respected and are seen as key parts of a functioning society. For years, Lancashire County Council has been providing its people with high-quality services such as bin collection, street cleaning and library services.

Lancashire is a beautiful county with plenty of things to see and do. On your day off visit charming towns in the Forest of Bowland like Whitewell, Calder Vale or Abbeystead. Or, visit the seaside town of Morecambe. As well as stunning places, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy.

We’re of the firm belief that agency social workers in the Lancashire area need an agency that looks after them. We work hard to continue our honest and transparent way of working which helps create a welcoming environment. Enjoy regular catch-ups with your very own consultant who will ensure that you’re happy with day to day duties of your role.

The role of a social worker is highly respected here at Portman Recruitment. The complex and challenging situations that can arise in the role are known and our team has the experience to deal with most problems. In short, we understand what is needed by all parties involved in social work and do our utmost to help everyone whenever we can.

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