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 which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. With this is 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 set out 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're looking for social workers from all levels to join us. We would also welcome those who are looking to relocate into 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 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. 

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 would 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.

It is important for us that our social workers have manageable workloads, 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...

Becoming a social worker - your options

This  leaflet on social work options (pdf / 1 MB) provides guidance on the types of roles available if you are interested in becoming a social worker.

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 experiences

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 home and 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 on gold, they truly do care about supporting you so you can give your best to 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 a one of the capitals poorest and deprived boroughs. I was amongst the minority of young people who got to see life outside of the borough simply 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 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 outcome. 

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 of 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 are 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 empower 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 lifetime journey for children not just the episodic period we are involved 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, you will 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.

Our social work opportunities

See our current opportunities and apply below...

Job title: Social Worker - Safeguarding Team 
Posts available in: Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale
Grade: J to L
Salary: £30,451 to £39,880 per annum, pro rata 
Location: North Yorkshire House, Scarborough. The service very much promotes flexible working with the ability to work remotely from other bases, as well as working from home. 
Contract: Full and part-time / permanent 

See our dedicated campaign page for details about these vacancies and to apply.

Job Title: Social Worker / Advanced Practitioner - Children & Families Service - Craven
Grade: J to L
Salary: £30,451 to £39,880 per annum, pro rata plus relocation support
Location: Covering Craven and based at Belle Vue Square, Skipton. We very much promote flexible working with the ability to work remotely from a variety of bases as well as from home, whatever makes sense and is suitable to provide the best service.
Hours: Full time (37 hours per week)
Contract: Permanent
Team: Craven Family Assessment and Support Team (Safeguarding)

We have a national reputation for excellence and are looking for social workers with a variety of experience and skills. We also welcome those who are looking to relocate. We are looking for experienced or newly qualified social workers to join our highly regarded and consistently high performing children’s social care team.

We are dedicated to developing our community of employees within the council and you will have many opportunities to progress within your career which could include, Advanced Practitioner along with Practice Educator, Practice Supervisor and management opportunities.

As a Children & Families Social Worker, your focus is to support children, their family and network to achieve positive change that continues after we no longer need to be  involved. Together we will create conditions that allow relationships to flourish. Our practice system is built to deliver this outcome. Keeping children safe and families together, the right intervention at the right time in the right place.

You will be part of a highly-acclaimed supportive service that has a comprehensive programme to ensure new recruits have a thorough induction, receive ongoing support from managers and have the opportunity to progress in your career. 

As a service, 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 pride ourselves on our confident workforce who feel safe and their practice has been further enhanced by the mapping of cases which is core to this model.  We have been nominated for several awards and have previously won Employer of the Year at the Social Work Awards. 

As a national leader we have been recognised as an exemplar through the award of Partners in Practice status, our practice model is highly regarded nationally and is demonstrated across the county effectively to assess and manage risk, which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families. We have achieved this through a clear workforce strategy and practice leader forums which continue to develop and embed the model in teams. 

"My role gives me a sense of belonging and I am proud to work for North Yorkshire. The Authority has allowed me to grow and develop as a professional and has helped me form my identity as a social work professional."
Children's social worker

We clearly demonstrate that the voice of the child and family shape the service we provide and is evidenced throughout practice, we understand the quality of our practice and practice outcomes and have a clear delivery mechanism for building on strengths and responding to risks and issues to drive through improvements which has a demonstrably positive impact on effecting change for children and families.

We are committed to the development of innovative working practices, we promote innovative working practices in order to achieve excellence in service provision and work life balance. You will be provided with modern technology to enable you to work remotely from other bases, as well as working from home.  

Contact us

We welcome any interested applicants to contact Joanne Hammond (Team Manager) at Joanne.Hammond@northyorks.gov.uk for an informal conversation. Please note between the 13th & 27th October Joanne will be on annual leave. Please contact Zoe.Fryer@northyorks.gov.uk (Group Manager) if you would like to contact within these dates.

Return to Social Work programme

We're proud to support the Local Government Association's Return to Social Work programme, offering former social workers free training so they can return to social work.

ASYE

We welcome ASYE applications for our positions.

Key dates

  • Closing date: Midnight Wednesday 27th October 2021
  • Interview date: Friday 5th November 2021 (virtually)

We have opened up our social worker grades to now include the role of advanced practitioner. If you meet the criteria we welcome you to apply for our advanced practitioner position.

  • Advanced practitioner - grade L - £35,745 to £39,880
  • Experienced social worker - grade K - £32,910 to£35,745
  • Newly qualified social worker - grade J - £30,451 to £32,910

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

Key documents

Apply

Advanced Practitioner - apply

Social Worker - apply

An enhanced level disclosure and barring (DBS) check is required for appointment to these posts.

We 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.

Our advanced practitioner opportunities

See our current opportunities and apply below...

Job Title: Advanced Practitioner - (Safeguarding and LAC) 
Grade: L
Salary: £35,745 to £39,880 per annum, pro rata
Location: Various locations. The service very much promotes flexible working with the ability to work remotely from other bases, as well as working from home. 
Hours: Full and part-time opportunities available
Contract: Permanent
Teams: Family Assessment & Support (Safeguarding) and Child Permanence & Family Reunification (LAC)

We are extremely proud of the work our children’s services do; their hard work has been recognised by Ofsted in our 2018 inspection, rating us as Outstanding across all areas. We are now pleased to be offering this new opportunity to join our highly regarded service and want you to help us continue to offer an excellent service to the children and families of North Yorkshire.

We have opened up our experienced social work bands to include the new and exciting role of Advanced Practitioner. This is a critical role in our teams and in our continued drive for placing children at the centre of all the work we do. We are looking for an experienced social worker three years post qualified or more, who is practice rich with a proven track record of providing children and families with an excellent service. North Yorkshire has a clearly defined practice model and the team is committed to work with children and their families/carers, using a range of solution focussed, strength based relationship practice models, including Signs of Safety, Systemic theory and the Family Finding approach. We are looking for individuals who can help us continue to offer a unique service and truly make a difference to the young people of our county. 

The Advanced Practitioner role is vital for supporting practice, including newly qualified social workers and helping drive team development; sharing practice wisdom and supporting the development of the next generation of practitioners alongside students and other staff at an earlier stage in their career, offering mentoring and coaching as well as practice education. As part of this role you will be contributing to the quality of social work practice, role modelling good practice in your own casework, share your knowledge and skills within your team including in depth technical and practice knowledge of social work practice.

Enthusiastic, highly motivated and robust advanced practitioner to join our teams. You will be working in a team that is constantly trying to improve outcomes for safeguarding and looked after children and supporting their families. 

You will be suitably qualified (DIPSW/CQSW/Masters/Degree in Social work) practice educator qualifications, have competed NAAS or be willing to undertake this as well as being able to evidence skills and knowledge in line with the job specification. You will have a passion for working with young people and creating brighter futures for them and their families and contribute to the on-going development of our high standards of practice.

In return for your hard work and dedication to our service, you can expect to receive various employee benefits including flexible working hours - including the ability to work from home, varied and good quality learning and development opportunities including systemic practice, family finding boot camps, regular high quality supervision - generous leave entitlement and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package which includes numerous high-street retail discounts. We are also committed to providing ongoing support in what we appreciate can be a rewarding yet challenging role.  

If you are committed to delivering a high standard of practice, we would love to hear from you. 

Help us continue to drive positive change and join our skilled and dedicated team - we look forward to receiving your application! 

We have opened up our Advanced Practitioner role throughout North Yorkshire. If this opportunity is of interest, please apply giving as much detail as possible against the job description / person specification. A member of the Resourcing Solutions Service will be in touch to discuss current opportunities and those in the pipeline. We will also offer the opportunity for you to join our Talent Pool. If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact Sam Clayton (details below).

In your supporting evidence, please detail the locations within the County you are able to cover / travel too.

Contact us

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Samantha Clayton (Head of Effective Practice and QA) on 01609 53432107811 665858 or by email Samantha.Clayton@northyorks.gov.uk - we would very much welcome an informal conversation.

Help us continue to drive positive change and join our skilled and dedicated team - we look forward to receiving your application! 

We welcome individuals looking to relocate, for further information please see our relocation policy.

Key documents

Apply

Advanced Practitioner - apply

An enhanced level disclosure and barring (DBS) check is required for appointment to this post.

We 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.

Other children & families opportunities

See our current opportunities and apply below...

Job Title: Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)
Grade: M
Salary: £39,880 - £43,857 per annum pro rata + relocation support
Location: We very much promote flexible working with the ability to work remotely from a variety of bases as well as from home, whatever makes sense and is suitable to provide the best service. However the post holders will be required to Chair complex meetings or Inspections across North Yorkshire as required and as set out below.

Contract: Permanent 
Hours: 
We are looking for a full time (37 hours) IRO to work in our Selby hub and either:
A full-time employee to split time covering Harrogate & Northallerton or,
A part-time employee to cover Harrogate and a part-time employee to cover Northallerton.
We can be flexible to suit.

North Yorkshire County Council have a national reputation for excellence and we are looking for Independent Reviewing Officers with a variety of experience and skills. We also welcome those who are looking to relocate. 

Are you looking for a challenging and exciting role in a dedicated team? Do you have a passion for ensuring that children and young people receive the best care and support possible? As an IRO in North Yorkshire you will have a key role in ensuring the safety and welfare of children and young people.
This is a great opportunity to become part of a well-established, very experienced team, who are determined to achieve the highest standards of care and safety for children and young people. The successful candidates will be required to work from either Selby, Harrogate and Northallerton also other parts of North Yorkshire as required. The successful candidate may also be ask to support Regulation 44 Inspection work across North Yorkshire focussing on the 2 children’s homes and 3 Children’s Resource Centre’s on a monthly basis and writing the requisite reports.
 
As a council we are lucky to benefit from access to modern technology enabling staff to work from multiple locations, including working from home. We very much promote flexible working, providing it meet our service needs.

In North Yorkshire IROs are expected to deliver on all aspects of the Independent Reviewing Officer guidance, chairing reviews for looked after children and young people, chairing Child Protection Conferences, undertaking regulation 44 visits to our children’s homes and also annual reviews for Foster Carers. You will have a crucial quality assurance role and will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people and promote high standards of care to those who are looked after by the Local Authority.
 
The IRO's in North Yorkshire are well known for their friendly and supportive culture. The majority of employees have been part of the service for several years and continue to thrive in their roles. One of our current IRO’s has explained their love for their position in the following words:

“The great thing about being an IRO in North Yorkshire is that I can still use my skills gained as a manager but work directly with children and young people and their families which is why I came into the profession in the first place – perfect!”
 
Applicants for this post must be a qualified Social Worker/ have a Diploma in Social Work (or equivalent) and be registered with Social Work England.

You must also have supervisory experience of supervising professionally qualified staff within a relevant professional setting.

We are seeking applicants with a good understanding of planning for children and excellent communication skills with children, families and professionals. You should have post-qualifying experience of children and family social work including substantial experience in child protection and planning for looked after children. Experience in chairing complex meetings and a good working knowledge of childcare legislation is also required.

As an NYCC employee, you will have access to our range of benefits. These include retail discounts, salary sacrifice schemes, generous annual leave entitlements – up to 33 days depending on length of continuous service and flexible working hours.
 
North Yorkshire as a county also benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access to bordering regions such as Yorkshire & Humber, Lincolnshire and East Riding, all of which are easily commutable to our great county, some members of our team travel from surrounding towns and cities including York, Beverley and Whitby.

We can also offer a comprehensive relocation scheme that aims to support those relocating to join our service. More details surrounding this can be found on our ‘relocation package’ document.

If you have the necessary skills and experience for this post, we look forward to hearing from you.
 
For an informal discussion about this post, please contact the IRO Team manager:

Dave Taylor – 07815 576 139 dave.taylor@northyorks.gov.uk    

We welcome individuals looking to relocate, for further information please see our Relocation Policy

Key dates
Close date: Midnight Sunday 7th November 2021
Shortlisting: Monday 8th November 2021
Interview date: to be confirmed

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

Key documents

 Job Description / Person Specification (pdf / 655 KB)

See our  Total Rewards Brochure (pdf / 380 KB)

Apply here!

Apply - Independent Reviewing Officer

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 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 you 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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