Social Care Auditor

Safeguarding (Children's Social Care)
180000A5 Requisition #
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| Starting Salary £32233 per annum | Permanent Full Time, 37 hours per week I


Lancashire County Council is proud of the quality services we provide to the children, young people and families we work with and our progress was recently recognised in our Ofsted inspection. Our Children's Audit Team is a key element in Children's Services developing even better services for children.  The team plays a central role in understanding the quality of practice and supporting improved service delivery across Children's Services.  We are a small but effective team covering Children's Social Care, Fostering, Adoption, Residential, Youth Offending Teams (YOT), the Children with Disabilities (CwD) and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) teams.


A significant element of this new role is undertaking audits across the full spectrum of Children's Services to evaluate the quality of social work practice.  You will use your audit findings to support practitioners, managers, and the service to drive improvement that will achieve even more positive outcomes for children and young people.


The role is closely linked with our suite of services that support the development of social work practice: advanced practitioners, learning and development (training), workshops, direct links with service management across children's services as well as the audit team's reports and feedback of audit findings across various meetings.  You will articulate your analysis of social work and insight with different levels of management and social workers to share good practice and highlight areas for development.


You will contribute to developing actions plans for children's services based upon your audit findings and as such you will be have good written and verbal communication skills.  The role requires the ability to develop learning conversations with practitioners and managers about poor quality practice and good practice, being able to clearly articulate what good practice looks like and how individuals and teams may consistently achieve this in their work.  The role will also involve engaging young people and their families within your work.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • A depth of experience as a social work practitioner.
  • Experience of providing supervision and developing reflective discussions.
  • A solid understanding of children's social work, safeguarding procedures and thresholds.
  • An understanding and experience of audit.
  • The ability to write reports, summarising and analysing audits.
  • Knowledge of good practice and what this looks like.
  • Knowledge of Ofsted's inspection framework.
  • The ability to help practitioners and managers positively reflect on their practice.
  • The ability to use electronic social care records system.
  • Sound numerical ability.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to use MS Office Applications including Excel, Outlook, and Word.

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.


You must be registered (HCPC) to be appointed as a Social Worker or have applied to register with the Social Care Council. For Social Worker/Care Manager positions where non social worker qualifications are accepted, registration is not required and you will be appointed as a Care Manager.


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.


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