Children & Families Service - career opportunities

Career opportunities within our children and families service to help and support children, young people and their families in North Yorkshire.

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in our service.

We make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in North Yorkshire. 

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. With this in mind, we are recruiting across the county for several children's social care roles, whatever stage you are at in your social work career. 

The key objectives of the North Yorkshire children and young people's service are in our Young and Yorkshire 2 plan for children and young people. The plan has been written for all children, young people and their families in North Yorkshire by the North Yorkshire Children’s Trust, a partnership that represents all the agencies working with children and young people across the county.

We have a national reputation for excellence, and we are looking for social workers from all levels to join us. We would also welcome those who are looking to relocate to the area.

We strive and excel in giving our colleagues commitment, high levels of support, managed caseloads and training in Systemic, Family Finding and Signs of Safety, plus so much more!

We look for innovative social workers who will help us realise our ambition of ensuring that all residents of North Yorkshire have access to live happier and safe lives ensuring they have their life chances and choices.

We understand social work is challenging, and we are committed to creating a healthy culture where social workers feel that they have a forum to share their views about the organisation and environment in which they work. We strive to achieve the best practice and to continually learn by taking accountability and developing new ways of working. This has enabled a culture to develop so social workers and managers feel confident, safe and supported to manage risk appropriately.

We want you to work to live, not live to work; we want you to have time for the things in life that really matter to you - this is really important to us. Whether you are looking for a full-time or part-time role, we encourage you to apply. Please feel free to contact us for a discussion about the roles and work with us before submitting your application form.

Providing our social workers with manageable workloads is important to us - we have supportive and transparent management, and the opportunity for continuous professional development.

Partner in Practice

As a Partner in Practice, we are leading the way in social work with children and their families; our work is child-centred and there is a longstanding, clearly embedded model of practice, based on building effective relationships with children, young people and families. 

Hear about working for our Children and Families Service and the opportunities available to progress your career...

Routes into social work

This infographic explores the routes into social that we offer in North Yorkshire County Council. Are you interested in a career working with children and their families, but not sure what this could look like? Why not contact Sam Clayton for an informal chat.  Sam can offer advice and guidance and explore your career options with you.  Please email Sam Clayton at:  Samantha.clayton@northyorks.gov.uk

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If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a  comprehensive relocation benefits package (pdf / 180 KB).

This features up to £8,000 to cover reasonable costs such as:

  • removal expenses
  • storage costs
  • legal and estate agent fees
  • travelling expenses

At the core of our work is the belief that children and young people deserve to receive the outstanding care and support they need to live and reach their full potential. We are the only authority nationally to have received ‘outstanding’ across all provisions ( for more details, see our Ofsted 2018 report (pdf / 253 KB)) and as a corporate parent, we are dedicated to supporting children and young people in remaining close to their homes and the local community. We are truly a learning organisation that continually seeks to innovate and finely tune the system with an unwavering desire to continually improve, which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families.

As a result, North Yorkshire has a reputation for delivering high-quality services. Our Children and Young People’s Service is nationally recognised for excellence. 

"I recently came back to North Yorkshire after a short break at another local authority, North Yorkshire invests in its staff, they are always driving practice and striving for change. Like all areas of social work, it's not a nine-to-five job however, I do feel like I have a good work-life balance. I have two children and find I am able to manage my work around my parental duties well."
Alex Kilvington, Practice Supervisor

"I am a Social Worker in the Safeguarding Richmondshire Team - I did my final placement in the team and decided it was exactly where I wanted to be. Being a Social Worker can be rewarding but challenging and therefore support is vital; the team really is amazing for this. The ASYE programme in North Yorkshire was brilliant and this is something that attracted me to North Yorkshire over other local authorities. I feel empowered and supported in my role with lots of hope for progression and more."
Isabel Mullins, Social Worker

"I’ve been working as a Safeguarding Social Worker for 18 months now, I joined when I was newly qualified and North Yorkshire appealed to me because of the quality of training and support for new Social Workers. The team and managers are worth their weight in gold, they truly do care about supporting you so you can give your best to the families you work with. It’s a really flexible place to work which I feel is really important for job satisfaction!"
Hettie Flynn, Social Worker

"Working as a Practice Supervisor in North Yorkshire has been the most fulfilling post of my 17-year social work career thus far."
Mark Stonell, Practice Supervisor

"Over my last four years working in North Yorkshire, it has been a real privilege to work alongside some incredibly talented people who show absolute commitment, passion and tenacity for the job. North Yorkshire is an incredibly innovative and forward-thinking local authority and I have been lucky enough to learn a huge amount from some inspiring, talented and creative thinkers."
Rachel Anderton, Head of Service

"I came from a community where we all we knew was East London and shared a common struggle being from one of the capital's poorest and deprived boroughs. I was amongst the minority of young people who got to see life outside of the borough simply by having someone who cared to come alongside me and actually “do life” with me. My life from then was and still is about doing life with people, walking alongside the marginalised and non-marginalised of society, fighting discrimination, oppression, injustice and promoting resilience, empowerment and advocacy. We are social creatures and I believe everybody needs somebody. 

Relocating and working as a Social worker for North Yorkshire County Council gives me a front-row seat to seeing the fruits of my labour every day in the lives of my children and their families/carers as opposed to wondering if what I am doing has had an impact on their lives."
Isaac Mulondo, Social Worker

Hear from Jo Miles, our Principal Social Worker, about the Strengthening Relationships Practice Model...

We held a Family Finding Boot Camp in November 2020. This Boot Camp brought together our children and families staff to learn from one another; discussions involving the wider family networks in supporting the children we work for. Teaching urgency of involving the individuals who love their child to improve their health outcomes. 

Here are just some of our comments following the amazing four days held...

"Really inspirational training, an honour to be part of this. Thanks to you and Jo, along with Kevin and Elizabeth for guiding us through and helping up absorb the content. I am sure that the March boot camp will be just as amazing - hope all that are on it thoroughly enjoy :)."

"The most important thing I took from the training is the message of love. We talk about professional boundaries but we join people in their lives at times of crisis so why can’t we show love. Also my position as a worker, I am not the doer of everything I’m the catalyst/facilitator."

"It’s really important to slow your thinking down, spend time, prepare those best questions because they give you so much - honouring parents and young people."

"Need to make sure the family is SEEN. I’m going to ask questions of the team about love, who loves this child?"

"It’s been really interesting as a social worker from another authority to hear how North Yorkshire support and empowers the young people you work with."

Martin Kelly, Children and Young People’s Service Assistant Director, said:

"Some great messages here! Social work should be thinking about the life journey of children, not just the episodic period we are involved in or transition points. Families and networks provide security for the future."

It is important for us that our social workers have manageable workloads, supportive and transparent management and the opportunity for continuous professional development.

We understand social work is challenging and we are committed to creating a healthy culture where social workers feel that they have a forum to share their views about the organisation and environment in which they work. We strive to achieve the very best practice and to continually learn by taking accountability and developing new ways of working. This has enabled a culture to be developed in which social workers and managers feel confident, safe and supported to manage risk appropriately. 

Not only will you receive outstanding training, but you will also work in a truly passionate and talented team with full support and guidance available.

We want you to work to live not live to work, we want you to have time for the things in life that really matter to you - this is really important to us.  

We are dedicated to growing our employees. The progression routes available for a social worker at North Yorkshire County Council are:

  • newly qualified social worker, grade J - salary £30,451 to £32,910
  • experienced social worker, grade K - salary £32,910 to £35,745
  • advanced practitioner - (external candidates) grade L - salary £35,745 to £39,880 
  • advanced practitioner - (internal opportunities) via career panel - grade L - salary £35,745 to £39,880
  • practice supervisor, grade M - salary £39,880 to £43,857
  • team manager, grade N - salary £43,857 to £47,782

*Salaries are pro rata, per annum.

To View our current Children and Families vacancies, please click below...

Job Title: Senior Early Help Consultant

1 x FTE post: East (covering Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale)

Hours: Full time (37 hours per week)

Base: North Yorkshire House, Scarborough

Salary: £46,549 - £50,543 per annum

We are looking to recruit an experienced manager who is supportive, resilient and highly motivated to join the East - Early Help Team to embed Early Help Strategy across schools and other key partner agencies including the voluntary sector.

Early Help is part of North Yorkshire County Council’s Children & Families Service. We work alongside children, young people and their families up to the age of 19 (25 years when there is an identified SEND need). We are a consent-based service focused on offering the right support at the right time.  Our work is strength based and underpinned by our ‘Strength in Relationships’ practice model where we work alongside other relevant agencies to ensure we support families to create their own sustainable family plans that really make a difference.  We provide interventions to children, young people and their families, drawing on their strengths and helping to build support networks as well as statutory work for those open to Children’s Social Care and Youth Justice.  

As Senior Early Help Consultant, the post holder will be responsible for the direct line management of the Early Help Consultants and Practice Co-ordinators alongside providing support, guidance and training to practitioners within the community in their work with children young people and their families.  A key element of this role will be the embedding of the delivery of the Early Help support within a geographical locality building a network of support within the community.

If you are an enthusiastic, highly motivated manager who is passionate and experienced in working with vulnerable children, young people & families to ensure they receive outstanding support then this role is for you. This rewarding post will give you opportunities to:

  • Provide leadership support and supervision to Practice Coordinators and Early Help Consultant who support staff and key partners to provide the right support at the right time to children, young people and their families.
  • Work in partnership with other agencies within a locality to co-ordinate an effective network of support to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.
  • Work in a rewarding role where every day can be different.
  • Be part of a dynamic team, working with like-minded people to drive chance and embed good practice.
  • Access outstanding training and career progression opportunities across Children and Families Service.

You will receive an excellent rewards package including agile working and flexitime, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, and a generous annual leave allowance. Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post and be qualified to a degree level qualification or equivalent in a relevant field relating to working with children young people and families.

Key Dates:

Closing date: 23rd October 2022
Interview date:  31st October 2022

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Job Title: Social Worker

Grade: J-K
Salary: £32,909 - £38,296 per annum pro rata + relocation support
Location: Flexible 

Hours: Full and part time hours available

Contract: Permanent

North Yorkshire County Council have a national reputation for excellence and we are looking for Social Worker.  We also welcome those who are looking to relocate.

About the role

Our team works with children and young people who are cared for by the Local Authority who are ‘Looked After’ or those who are placed with their family and supported under a Child in Need basis who may have been subject to court proceedings which have concluded.

We have high aspirations for our young people and always strive to work collaboratively with families and young people, working strongly with the belief that each child and young person has a network around them which is essential to work alongside and tap into.

The role is very varied, no two days look the same for workers, one day you maybe completing words and pictures with a family or the next supporting a young person with pathway planning to independence.  We work with all young people from birth up to the age of 18 having strong links with other agencies externally and teams in North Yorkshire. 

The team consists of a Team Manager and two and a half practice supervisors. There is one Advanced Practitioner, eight Social Workers, a dedicated Business Support Team and Social Workers in training. There are regular group supervisions, individual supervisions and opportunities to participate in County Wide practice model sessions.  The team is creative in the ways we work with families and no two plans look the same. The Social Workers are supported by new technology which means that time is freed up to spend away from the computer and with young people.  

About you

We are looking for Social Workers with a ‘can do’ attitude who are child focussed, like to think outside of the box and are creative in their planning with children.  It doesn’t matter whether you are starting out in your social work career, returning to practice or an experienced worker looking for a new challenge either in a different field or new authority.    

For an informal conversation, we would welcome you to contact Samantha Clayton (Head of Effective Practice PIP) by emailing Samantha.Clayton@northyorks.gov.uk

Key dates
Closing date: Sunday 23rd October
Interview date: TBC

We look forward to exploring your interest and receiving your application.

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Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is required for appointment to this post.

NYCC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Walking in the shoes of children in and on the edge of care, with Martin Kelly OBE

We were delighted to be a guest on Stories of Change - a podcast hosted by social work charity Frontline. In this episode, our Assistant Director for Children and Families, Martin Kelly OBE, spoke to social worker and host Beth Vecchione. They discussed North Yorkshire’s No Wrong Door Model and the successes the approach has had to date for children and young people in and on the edge of the care system. Listen below...

Working for us - what we can offer you

We can offer you a range of employee benefits, including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, a government pension scheme and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package, which includes a variety of retail discounts. 

You will be fully enabled through a mobile kit to work in a highly agile way at locations across designated local authorities.

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • modern flexible working practices
  • a local government pension scheme
  • family friendly leave
  • salary sacrifice, employee cash backs and discounts schemes
  • learning, development and career advancement opportunities

We can offer you multiple opportunities for career progression working across diverse services and with access to a range of technologies to support modern and agile ways of working.

As a council we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, which will include using modern technologies to connect with clients, working from other bases across the county as well as working from home.

You can find out more about working for the council and the benefits we offer here.

Application tips

Before completing your application please ensure that you read the job description and person specification carefully - the information within these documents can be used as a guide for you to complete your supporting evidence section within your application. This section is very important and will play a key role in the success of your application so please take your time when completing it. Please note to be successfully shortlisted, Managers will use your supporting evidence and will not consider any CVs uploaded.

If you are having any difficulties completing your application and would like some advice on this please contact Resourcing Solutions via resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Join our Talent Pool...

If you are interested in joining us as a Social Worker and do not see a suitable location please contact resourcingsolutions@northyorks.gov.uk to register your interest and be the first to hear about social work opportunities in your area...

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