Support Worker (Children's Social Care)
210003PE Requisition #

| Salary £21,748-£25,481 per annum | Fixed Term, Full Time, until 03/10/2022, 37 hours per week | Children Leaving Care Support Worker |


Exciting times - A great opportunity to work within Lancashire's Leaving Care Service!     

Where we want to be…

An Outstanding Leaving Care service

Lancashire County Council along with other Local authorities have been awarded additional funding to recruit a housing officer as part of the Governments Rough Sleeping Strategy. This is an exciting role working alongside one other housing officer within Lancashire's Leaving Care Service.

The Leaving Care Service provide guidance, advice and support to Care Leavers aged 16-25, in areas such as housing, wellbeing, safeguarding, finance and education/employment.

We are ambitious and strive for excellent outcomes for our young people.  Our vision in Children's Services in Lancashire is that children, young people and their families are safe, healthy and achieve their full potential. The post holder will be expected to advocate for and promote a sense of security, continuity, support and stability for our young people across partner organisations to support the permanence of all our young people and young adults. We are looking for someone who has values aligned to those that are integral to our service and our organisation - supportive, innovative, respectful and collaborative.

The Children's Permanence Service launched in January 2021 with its new Leaving Care Service after significant investment.  This allowed us to remodel our services, structures, and the way we work with our children and young people alongside the Family Safeguarding Model implemented in Children's Social Care.  We have adopted a strength-based and trauma informed approach to support our young people. This is an exciting time to join Lancashire and to really make a difference for our children and young people.

Job Role: 

To work with Lancashire's Leaving Care Service and its Partner's to provide additional support to care leavers to improve accommodation outcomes, stability and reduce homelessness.  To help further develop joint working between the Leaving Care Service, District Housing services and partner agencies.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with young people to address their housing needs. Facilitate tenancy ready courses, effective preventative work and intervention and complete statutory tasks. 
  • Work alongside the Leaving Care Personal Advisers and Children in Our Care Social Worker's to provide housing advice and solutions for young people transitioning to independence or living independently.
  • Work in collaboration with partner agencies to develop local protocols to support care leavers into accommodation, identify, challenge and overcome barriers of accommodation and housing pathways for our young people 
  • Collate, record, maintain and understand relevant data to support the accommodation and housing pathways of our young people. 
  • To help support the establishment of housing panels across the Districts 
  • To promote Lancashire's Care Leaver Local offer so care leavers are aware of their Rights and Entitlements
  • Promote equality and diversity to make sure that all children young people and families are treated with dignity and respect when receiving children's services. 

What we are looking for…

Passion – We are looking for passionate practitioners who truly care and want to make a difference to the lives of our young people.

Challenge – Some days will be tough, we're looking for a worker who is dedicated and committed, and who will always go that extra mile (even on the bad days). 

Values – We are looking for someone who has values aligned to those that are integral to our service and our organisation - supportive, innovative, respectful, and collaborative. 

If you would like to discuss this post in more detail then please contact Jane Hylton Development Team Manager for Leaving Care jane.hylton@lancashire.gov.uk


The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Further information can be found on the 'Our Recruitment Process' tab.

You will be required to provide a car for use in connection with the duties of this post and must be insured for business use. However, we may consider you if you cannot drive because of a disability.

Please ensure you have uploaded and attached your supporting statement to evidence how you meet the criteria for the role. The panel may be unable to shortlist you for interview without this evidence.

This post is a COVID-19 critical post. The successful applicant/s will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and are strongly encouraged to take up the offer of the COVID-19 vaccination.

We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications.

We do not hold a sponsorship licence and can only consider applications from candidates who are legally entitled to work in the UK. If you do not have the right to work in the UK, your application will not progress.


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