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 permanent 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 experienced social workers but also have regular opportunities for newly qualified social workers via our Social Work Academy.

Our latest opportunities

Interested? You can send us your CV and we will be in touch, we also 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. It's always worth getting in touch to discuss career opportunities or to express your interest in working in Cumbria, we'd be happy to explain more and have a chat.

Watch what our staff say about working in Cumbria

Our offer to you

This year we've seen a fantastic level of interest in our social work careers and have welcomed a number of experienced children's social workers into Cumbria. 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.

We've got the best offer around, here's just a taste of the benefits available:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Relocation Package (up to £ 8,000)
  • A generous recruitment incentive applies for Team Manager positions (refer to job advert) or email for details
  • Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Supportive working environment
  • Generous Annual Leave Entitlement
  • Childcare Voucher scheme which can be used to pay for registered childcare for children up to 16 years old
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave
  • Sickness pay
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • A strong training programme with plenty of opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Career Progression Pathways
  • Regular Reflective Supervision
  • Strong Partnerships with Leading Social Work Practice Educators inc. Lancaster University


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.

At Cumbria County Council 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.