Children's Services


"I love the variety of work that our team do. Due to the diverse families we work with and the often complex needs they have, no two days are the same!" 

Helen, Children's Services


Together we are Needs-led


Youth Justice Service Volunteers

YJS work with children & young people aged 10-18 years across Westmorland & Furness who have offended or were at risk of offending to help prevent them from getting into further trouble.

We have a team of volunteers who support our work, and you can apply to be a YJS volunteer for a minimum of three hours a week. If you live in Westmorland and Furness you you are eligible to apply for our current opportunities, we will provide you with a comprehensive training package, you will have a supportive team around you and have the chance to contribute positively to the lives of young people in our community.


Children's soft play area with two teddies

Working in children's services covers a range of services from fostering and adoption to Early Help, education and youth homelessness. 

We collaborate with key professionals and agencies and keep on top of changing policies and procedures to ensure the best outcomes for children and families. We have a brilliant team of skilled people at Westmorland and Furness who are there to support and guide you through the challenges of the work.

The opportunity to make a difference in a child's life makes it all worthwhile.

Children’s Social work

Our children’s social work teams provide a key role in improving the lives of families and children in the area. 

The work is both rewarding yet challenging. You're tasked with ensuring the safety and well-being of children in your community, often dealing with complex family dynamics and sensitive situations. 

From safeguarding vulnerable children to providing support for families in need, every day presents new opportunities to make a positive impact. 

Group photo of some of our Children's Social Workers
Highlighters with the W&F logo and 'We're Hiring' wording

Starting your career

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

Whether you join us an experienced professional or you’re just starting out on your career path, there are opportunities to learn and progress for everyone. 

Our social work academy for example supports newly qualified social workers to complete their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). We also have a dedicated apprenticeships team who support new and existing staff to access excellent, fully funded, on-the-job training and qualifications.

Meet Josie

Residential Support Worker

"I find my role really rewarding. Working with children with autism and/or a learning disability is very fulfilling. We can see children enjoy, grow and learn and become more confident in a wide range of activities such as crafting and trampolining. 

The council are really good in offering training courses which builds the knowledge and confidence of the whole team. I feel Westmorland and Furness Council has a really good, pro-active learning culture." 

One of our Support Workers in the Children's play area with two teddy bears