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Children`s Services Social Work Careers in Cumbria

What we're looking for

All children in Cumbria deserve the best start in life, and we're looking for the right people to help us make that happen. We are recruiting now for job vacancies and career opportunities in Children's Services, to contribute to making a real difference to the safety and well-being of children in Cumbria.

We are keen to recruit those who have experience in a similar role and a good working knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and those looking to develop their skills, experience and career in a supportive environment.

Watch what our staff say about working in Cumbria

Our offer to you

  • Competitive Salary
  • Recruitment Incentive ( £ 10,000)
  • Relocation Package (up to £ 8,000)
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Environment
  • Generous Annual Leave Entitlement
  • Accredited Professional Development Opportunities
  • Career Progression Pathways
  • Regular Reflective Supervision
  • Strong Partnerships with Leading Social Work Practice Educators inc. Lancaster University

Download a recruitment brochure for more information.

 

Our current opportunities

We have a range of exciting opportunities for those looking to further their careers; see our current vacancies below, apply now and join us in Cumbria.

You can also send us your CV and we will be in touch, we offer opportunities for you to 'try before you apply' - meet our teams and get a first-hand taste of what it would be like to live and work in Cumbria - our roles often have a choice of base location so you'll get a feel for the best location for you - just click the relevant link/s below:

Career Progression

As a learning organisation we have introduced defined career pathways underpinned by learning and development opportunities with an emphasis on research in practice.

As part of your development with us you will benefit from opportunities to shape your career direction either into practice excellence and education or into social work management.

Whichever route you decide to take we will support you.

"She's an amazing woman and has been a huge support for me since I left care, I would trust her with my life as would so many other young people and care leavers."

"We really value our relationships with Social Workers and Team Managers. We get a lot of support from Senior Managers in Children's Services, they value our role and they value the IRO role as part of the improvement drive.

"We do feel a critical part of making things right for children."

"Everybody is so supportive, my team has been fantastic, it's a great place to learn.

"As a newly qualified social worker I have a reduced caseload to help me spend more time with children, capturing their voice and making sure that everything I do is centred around them."

Find out more about our Social Work Academy and register your interest. 

"My personal experience is Cumbria is a wonderful place to live, the work is great and the home life is great too.

"As an authority we're very forward thinking, we have an excellent academy and a robust support package to help our staff progress."

"I've worked in Cumbria for the last 20 years, I moved here from Merseyside and I haven't looked back.

"It's been an excellent experience for me and I continue to learn."

"In 2016, Cumbria County Council was successful in winning a prestigious teaching partnership award from the Department of Education with Lancaster University and allied practice partners.

"As part of its new Academy approach to social work excellence, Cumbria now joins a national network of Local Authorities, selected to drive up the quality of social work education and practice.

"Looking ahead, the partnership with Lancaster University will enrich CPD opportunities available for newly qualified and experienced staff and afford far greater opportunities for knowledge exchange with this leading University."

About the service

All of our services share the same basic principle. Put simply, we strive to make a positive difference to the people and communities we serve. We are passionate about the people we serve and the people who work with us are at the heart of what we do.

Cumbria County Council employs over 6,000 people. As an employer, we focus on equality, communication and people-friendly policies. We appreciate, reward and value your contribution and we're looking for people who share our sense of pride.

We are proud to be a modern and flexible employer. We focus on improving working environments and practices to ensure high quality service delivery and value for money. This gives our employees increasing work opportunities and flexibility, from home working to travelling around an area, or working with partners in other locations.

Our commitment to equality is more than just an obligation. In making our jobs and opportunities available to everyone, we're able to make the best choices from the broadest possible selection of people.

If you share our values and would like to make a difference to the people of Cumbria, then this is the place for you.

Have a question?

For an informal discussion or to find out more about social work career opportunities in Cumbria please email Sonyia.curran@cumbria.gov.uk or call 07585 795330.

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