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Working at the council | Social Care

"We're here for vulnerable adults and children, supporting in difficult times and enabling hope in better times"

Rebecca Small, Head of Service - Children's Social Care

Social care at the council

With teams dedicated to children’s social care, adult social care, learning and inclusion support and special educational needs, we support the most vulnerable people in Leicester.

If you’re a qualified social care professional, we’ll give you the scope to take your own decisions based on your professional judgement. You’ll find a no-blame culture where, if you do the right thing, we’ll stand by you. We’ll support your insight and knowledge and encourage you to challenge managers if you’re not being fully supported.

If you’re not qualified, we’ll look for a genuine desire to support people at their best and their worst, whether they’re on top of the world, or trying to cope with a major personal crisis. Join us and you’ll find a challenging and highly rewarding career, where you’ll have every opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s lives from before birth through to death.

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Our social care teams

Adult Social Care

In Adult Social Care we have opportunities for people with a range of skills. In our Contact and Response contact centre, you’ll deal with calls, assess issues and pass them on to a relevant team. As an approved mental health practitioner in the Adult Mental Health team, you’ll handle cases referred by the contact centre or a local NHS provider. In the Learning Disability team, you could work with people who transfer from children’s services and referrals from the NHS.

As an Occupational Therapist, you’ll help assess what support people need. While in the Independent Living service, you could provide that support to people who come out of hospital or care. In our Commission and Contracting team, you’ll help buy in services. Almost 90% of our £103 million Adult Services budget is spent on care and you’ll help manage procurement and ongoing contracts.

Children’s Social Care

Join one of the teams in our Children’s Social Care department and you’ll play a key role in improving life for families and children in Leicester. In our Family and Children’s Centres, as a qualified or unqualified member of staff, you’ll work with families to help stabilise their lives. The social workers in our Children in Need and Assessment team protect children in the crucial period before care proceedings.

In our Looked After Children’s service, you’ll help to look after around 650 children and young adults up to the age of 25, including fostering and adoption. You could join the team advising schools on safeguarding children and educational welfare, or our Youth Offending service, which works with probation, police and health authorities to support young people in the criminal justice service.

Learning and Inclusion

Join our learning and inclusion service and you’ll help ensure children of every ability across Leicester have access to an education suited to their needs. You could join one of our special schools, working with profoundly disabled children. Or, as an Educational Psychologist, you may be supporting children with a Statement of Educational Need, liaising with health authorities and schools.

As a member of our School Meals catering team, you could work at an individual school, or in our central kitchen that supplies school meals across the city. Alternatively, in our School Support team, you could help schools to improve in areas such as attendance and results or give financial support to the Early Years function. Or you could offer Careers Advice to help children plan their future.

Social care in numbers

Parent and child
650

children we have parental responsibility for

Occupational therapists
30

Occupational therapists addressing adult support needs

One on one education for children
2,500

children with special educational needs that we support

School catering
400

school catering staff

Certificate
25

places for unqualified staff to gain qualifications

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Getting into social work

We’re committed to encouraging all our people to develop their skills and reach their full potential.

Join our Children’s Social Care team and you could gain one of 25 places available each year on our Social Workers Trainee programme, run in partnership with the University of Warwick. This involves spending one day a week out of the office to study and develops you for a qualified role.

Meet some of the team

Jo, Principal Social Worker

I’ve had lots of opportunities to develop personally and professionally. The council supported me to complete leadership programmes, which enabled me to develop my skills and expertise. I’ve also built strong relationships with colleagues and we work hard to ensure that we do everything we can to improve the outcomes and experience of people who use our service.

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Helen, Business Change Commissioning Manager (Social Care and Education)

I like working in a sector where the main drive is people rather than profits and find it rewarding to work in an organisation where many people share the same values as me. I’ve also been involved in the Young Employees Network and really value the opportunities for development this provides to me.

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Mandy, Supervising Social Worker

I’ve worked in Fostering since 2005 and the service has changed and improved a lot in that time. It’s a busy and challenging role, but also very rewarding. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve our services and make sure that our foster carers are supported to achieve the best outcomes for children who have experienced trauma and loss.

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Current social care vacancies

Here are just some of the vacancies that we currently have in social care. Simply, click on the job title to find out more.

You can see all the jobs we have available by clicking the ‘See all jobs’ button. But don’t forget, if you can’t find your perfect job right now, you can 'Register for job alerts' or ‘Make a speculative application’. That way, we’ll get in touch when a relevant job does come up.

We're always pleased to hear from talented people, so if you have any questions about the opportunities that we have available, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or indeed during the application process), please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Email the resourcing team