Drive starts to employ more social workers

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A recruitment evening will be held in Chorley tomorrow as part of a major drive to employ social workers and other specialist staff in social care at Lancashire County Council.

The Council is hosting the evening event at the Woodlands Conference Centre to talk about the 77 new posts available across social care, safeguarding, inspection, audit and adoption services.

The roles are part of a £4.6m investment in children’s services, part of the council’s response to a recent Ofsted inspection.

The evening tomorrow night ( June 15) runs from 5pm to 7pm at the centre in Southport Road and is open to anyone interested in applying.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We believe that putting more staff in place will ultimately help us to improve these vital services for children and their families.

“We have already filled all of the vacant posts we had prior to the Ofsted inspection and this recruitment drive will expand our team further.

“This is a great place to live and work and I’d like to encourage anyone interested in being part of our plans to improve services for children and families in Lancashire to come down to the recruitment evening so they can talk to us and find out more.”

The evening will enable potential applicants to find out more about the range of roles available and the benefits of working in Lancashire.

The council is recruiting nearly 50 front-line social workers, 12 advanced practitioners and 15 Independent Reviewing Officers, as well as a range of team leaders and more senior managers.

The recruitment drive will enable caseloads to be reduced and increase support for frontline staff. It will also create additional professional development and training opportunities, improving the quality of practice and recording of case work.

For more information, search for “careers in children’s social care” on the county council’s website – http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/jobs .

The opening evening takes place on Wednesday 15 June from 5pm to 7pm at Woodlands Conference Centre