At Leicester City Council, we are looking forward to the future with confidence and are tackling the many real challenges that are facing all councils whilst driving an ambitious programme of change around Education and Children's services. Across our services, whether it is in a frontline role or a strategic position, there are a host of people working together to improve the life chances of the most vulnerable children and families in our city.


We are hiring creative and talented individuals to strengthen our team of social care professionals and to help shape our longer-term plans for children’s services in Leicester. Joining us can lead to a variety of different opportunities, for example advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable children in Leicester to supporting and developing staff to deliver the best possible services, and opportunities that you may have not considered.


We strongly believe that everyone can achieve and reach their full potential. By joining us you will share in the interesting and exciting opportunities we have to offer and deliver services to Leicester’s richly diverse community. You will be rewarded with a competitive benefits package, personal and professional development, generous annual leave and a final salary pension with significant employer contributions.


If you are motivated and passionate about improving the lives of children, raising aspirations and building achievements, then we would like to hear from you. Read more about our social work teams below and find out about what it's like working for us. Join us, go further and do more whilst making a difference to the many children and families across our incredible city. Search our vacancies below, or register your interest to hear from us about future opportunities.


Frances Craven
Strategic Director for Education and Children’s Services



Children in need

From early help to permanence, our creative and dynamic service works across services and beyond to protect the vulnerable, deliver better outcomes and improve the life chances of the most at risk children in the city.


Our service is made up of three areas which are aligned to early help cluster throughout the city; the duty advice and referral service, the single assessment team and the children in need service.

Looked after children

A number of vulnerable children in the city live in the care of the council. This could be with foster carers, with their own families or in residential care homes. We aim to provide stability and permanence in their lives.


Our service is made up of six areas; fostering, adoption, Looked After Children Fieldwork, 16 plus and leaving care and the children and families support service.

Children's safeguarding and quality assurance

We are committed to deliver good outcomes for children and believe children all deserve to be safe and well cared for. Our service is made up many areas and includes the Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Child Protection and Allegations Service.

Early help - specialist support

When a child’s needs cannot be met in our Early help - targeted services, practitioners can make a request directly to us in specialist services. The team provides support to potentially vulnerable children in need of help and where it is believed that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.


Join the team and you will work within a versatile group of practitioners including our Education Welfare Service, Youth Offending Service (YOS), Targeted Youth Support, Multi-Systemic Therapy and Connexions IAG.

Early help - targeted service

There are times when children, young people and families need extra support. The Early Help - Targeted team are the ones who provide help and support to families at the right time to prevent issues from escalating.


By joining the team, you will work with many services and organisations to support families across the city including education, welfare and health. This could include supporting parents that could be worried about their child’s health, development or behaviour, or perhaps because they are caring for a disabled child. Maybe their child is affected by domestic abuse, drugs or alcohol. Perhaps the child is a carer for other people.


The team of practitioners cover everything from providing advice or short-term targeted support for families who would benefit from the interventions available through Family Support Child Learning and Development, to longer-term multi-agency support for children, young people and families that would benefit from a co-ordinated response. 

Disabled children's service

Our Disabled Children’s Service provides support and provisions to families of children with disabilities, and to other professionals who support them.


Our priority is to support families and make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people. We believe each child and young person should be given the opportunity to enjoy life, succeed in learning and realise their aspirations.


Roles vary within our service and include occupational therapists, social workers, support workers, administration staff, development and policy officers. We answer enquiries, assess needs and identify packages of support as well as undertaking work such as safeguarding and fostering, child protection investigations and working with the family court in Leicester to protect vulnerable children.  We work across many internal services and with a range of partners including healthcare, adult, housing and education services.


We actively engage with children and young people through the Little Mouth Forum group. We share opinions and ideas, which help to shape services to become more accessible.