Adult social work careers in Cumbria

We're recruiting to a range of rewarding adult social work and occupational therapy roles for newly qualified and experienced professionals.

It's an exciting time to join us in Cumbria as we introduce new ways of working to respond to the needs of our adult population. 

The way we deliver our services is changing and we're investing in our social work teams. To support our ambitious transformation programme we're looking for the right professionals to join us and help us achieve our vision for the future, delivering the best outcomes for the people of Cumbria.

Watch the video below to hear more about our exciting plans - you'll see just how passionate our leadership team are about social work in Cumbria.

Experienced Social Workers

We're recruiting to a range of rewarding opportunities across our beautiful county, as you will have heard in our video above Cumbria has something for everyone.

At Cumbria County Council we do our very best to make sure you feel welcomed and supported. If you are considering moving to Cumbria we understand relocating can be stressful and we offer a comprehensive package of support and benefits to help you settle in.

Short Term Intervention Team:

Long Term Intervention Team:

Safeguarding Team:

Newly Qualified Social Workers

We regularly advertise opportunities for the best newly qualified social workers to join our Social Work Academy and gain the skills and experience to really make a difference for vulnerable adults in Cumbria.

At Cumbria County Council we're proud of our track record of supporting newly qualified social workers. Since the Academy's launch in 2015, more than 95 newly qualified social workers have progressed through their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) with our full support. 

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Our offer to you

We offer competitive salaries across all our experienced social worker roles in Cumbria, offering adult social workers a starting salary of £30,507 (rising to £31,371). Senior Social Workers will earn £34,788, rising to £35,934.

For experienced social workers, our offer includes a relocation package of up to £8,000.

There's a lot going on in Cumbria and more than you might think. We are home to England's largest National Park which is now a World Heritage Site, home to Scafell Pike - its highest mountain, Wastwater - its deepest lake and thriving communities across the county. We even have amazing beaches, look up Walney Island, St. Bees, Allonby or Silloth to name a few.

Join us in Cumbria and in addition to a fantastic career, you can enjoy a high quality of life, a perfect place to raise a family and pursue a wide variety of passions in some of the most stunning surroundings in the world.

We're recruiting across Cumbria in locations like Workington, Whitehaven, Kendal, Carlisle and Barrow and home working is also an option.

West Cumbria House, Workington


Cumbria House, Carlisle

Cumbria House

Craven House, Barrow

Craven House

You will have access to a range of tools and ongoing support and coaching to develop your practice.

Our Aspiring Programmes will help you climb the ladder and we'll invest in you with additional opportunities, including:

  • Coaching programmes
  • Masters apprenticeships 
  • Specific social work CPD 
  • Teaching partnership with Lancaster University on research topics and facilitated learning hubs
  • Dedicated practice education lead
  • A core CPD offer supported by our Principal Social Workers and Organisational Development team

All of our practitioners are given mobile phones and laptops to allow them the opportunity to work flexibly and remotely. Our flexi-time scheme encourages a greater work life balance, helping employees to achieve and maintain an effective balance between work and home life so you are free to pursue your interests and personal commitments.

Full-time employees in their first year with Cumbria County Council will receive 24 days annual leave plus 8 public holidays. This increases to 30 days annual leave plus 8 public holidays when you've been with us for 5 years or more.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Supportive working environment
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave
  • Sickness pay
  • Cycle Scheme

The Teams

The Adult Social Care Short Term Interventions Service is for people aged 18+. A primary role of this team is to work across the system to prevent or, delay admission into formal support services.

The service works collaboratively with a range of stakeholders from across the health and social care system, third sector and voluntary groups in Cumbria to ensure short term interventions (including assessment) are undertaken to ensure people are safe and supported using a strengths based approach. 

The team will support the admission avoidance and the discharge of people from acute and community hospitals in a safe and timely way reducing the risk of delayed transfers of care.  

The service plays a key role influencing and shaping Discharge to Assess/Home first models in Cumbria, and ensuring that in all instances people are treated with dignity and respect and are central to discharge planning with a focus on achieving their most independent outcome.

The Adult Social Care Long Term Service is for people, aged 18+ who are living in the community and have been identified as having long term care and support needs. The service works collaboratively with a range of stakeholders from across the health and social care system, third sector and voluntary groups in Cumbria in ways that recognise strengths, promotes independence and prevents, reduces or delays the need for formal long term care and support provision. 

Assessments and reviews are undertaken in a strengths-based way that maximises the use of social capital and community based assets.

The service will work across health, social care and third sector organisations with a primary focus upon ensuring that all support plans:

  • include robust contingency plans that promote personal resilience to manage temporary changes in need/circumstance.
  • demonstrate how people will meet their needs from a range of sources, including friends, family, third sector, the community, equipment or assistive technology. Personal budgets will only be allocated for the provision of formal support for identified unmet needs.

The Adult Social Care Safeguarding Service role is to empower and protect individual's aged 18+ to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. 

This service is responsible for the operational response to all safeguarding concerns and enquiries and will:

  • Provide a face to face safeguarding enquiries service to members of the public who by reason of their care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from neglect or abuse.
  • Assess the immediate risk of safeguarding concern/s and implement and develop protection plans to mitigate against such risks. 
  • Complete statutory safeguarding/non-statutory enquiries and reach a conclusion when neglect, harm or abuse has occurred and make recommendation of future actions.
  • Work within the making safeguarding personal agenda.
  • Work with key partners to enable them to complete internal enquiries where appropriate and audit the findings and actions taken as a safeguarding concern.
  • Lead on large scale enquiries where provider failure has safeguarding concerns identified.


In October 2018 we embarked on an exciting and ambitious programme of change to transform how we deliver Adult Social Care Services. 

Over the last 12 months we have completed collaborative, meaningful consultation on reshaping plans, listening carefully to the views of frontline practitioners and managers to achieve a structure that's well-resourced and ready for the future.

Our new leadership team, includes Principal Social Worker and Principal Occupational Therapy roles who will take the lead in ensuring our workforce have access to learning, development and quality supervision that will enable every member of our team to achieve their full potential and deliver best practice to people who need our support.

Our vision for Adult Social Care in Cumbria, is a place where people want to come to live and work, a workforce who feel well supported, empowered and valued for the great work that they do; and ways of working that genuinely promote greater independence and ensure best value for money and put our customers at the heart of everything we do. 

Contact us

For further information or to arrange an informal discussion please contact:

  • Jeanette Maye - Organisational Development and Work Force Training Co-ordinator - Telephone: 01228 221872 - Email: