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 offer to you

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

Here are just some of the benefits we will offer you:

  • Competitive salary
  • Relocation package up to £8,000
  • A generous recruitment/welcome incentive of £10,000 applies for positions in west Cumbria
  • 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 comprehensive training programme with plenty of opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Career progression pathways
  • Regular reflective supervision
  • Partnerships with leading social work practice educators including Lancaster University

More details:

We offer competitive salaries across all our experienced social worker roles in Cumbria, offering children's social workers a starting salary of £30,507 which rises to £42,683 - £43,662 for Team Manager positions and £55,498 - £58,025 for Service Managers.

For experienced social workers, our offer includes a relocation package of up to £8,000. We're also offering a generous recruitment incentive for positions in West Cumbria.

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.

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.

West Cumbria House, Workington


Blencathra House, Whitehaven


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, including regular group supervision sessions, appreciative inquiry, and 'gatherings' where we celebrate what is working well and learn from best practice.

We have the following Aspiring Programmes:

  • Enhanced Practitioners - through which practitioners are supported to develop their core skills and knowledge to allow their progression to the next level.  
  • Advanced Practitioners - this prepares our Enhanced Practitioner for the role of Advanced Practitioner covering the keys skills and knowledge required in the role. 
  • Team Managers - develops the attributes, skills and techniques to meet the day to day challenges teams face and to empower managers to become resilient role models for their teams. 

Firstline Programme

A leadership development programme for first line managers.

Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Child Protection

Offered as part of the Teaching Partnership with Lancaster University linking cutting edge research.   

Previous participants have said:

  • "I found the quality of the teaching and tutors to be excellent."
  • "The opportunity to pause and reflect on research across a broad range of subjects was invaluable."
  • "Enjoyable to revisit academic style work, gained more skills in writing technique and my ability to hypothesise."

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.

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.

What people say about us:

"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."

"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.