Work for Leeds City Council

We're looking for experienced and newly qualified social workers to help us achieve our ambition to make Leeds the best city in the UK and the best city in which to grow up in.

You will work in our outstanding social work team and help to improve the lives of children, young people and families.

Why you should work with us

Leeds is a large, vibrant city with a great diversity of communities, including some areas of significant deprivation. We are looking for social work professionals from all levels and from a wide range of backgrounds which reflect our communities.

Our experienced and dedicated social work team has:

  • been awarded DfE funding to deliver the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children programme
  • become Partners in Practice where we help other local authorities to improve
  • been recognised as the Best Social Work Employer 2019
  • been rated outstanding by Ofsted


Career progression

Our award-winning career pathway for social workers offers tailored support and development including:

  • progression from newly qualified social worked to advanced practitioner
  • learning and development to support staff to practice
  • aspiring manager programmes to progress in in management

Focus on health and wellbeing

We're committed to supporting the wellbeing of our social care colleagues, and making sure they have quality ongoing supervision, support and development to meet the challenges social work brings.

Wide range of work

A social care career with Leeds offers opportunities to gain experience in a wide range of general and specialised work including:

  • restorative early support teams
  • fostering and adoption
  • residential
  • therapeutic
  • care leavers
  • child health and disability
  • hospital social work
  • Front Door
  • Children looked after

Flexible working

We know our workforce enjoy time together with colleagues at an office but also like the benefits of working from home.

We support a model that allows a good work life balance, including flexible working arrangements and a combination of home and office working.

Support from managers

Senior leaders in social care act as coaches and mentors for staff at different levels.  Our staff also benefit from the Leeds and Wakefield Teaching Partnership, through involvement in teaching and research.

Find out more about the benefits of working for Leeds City Council.

How to apply

If you think you can make a difference to children and their families, apply for a role with us. Roles include:

Get in touch

Call us to find out about the opportunities available on 0113 378 5165 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or email

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