Children's social work opportunities

We are looking for children's social workers to join our teams across the county.

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  • "The local authority is committed to ensuring that children remain close to families and within North Yorkshire"


Thank you for your interest in our current vacancies.

Our children’s social care service is a friendly and welcoming team to work for, and we are excited to be offering the opportunity for social workers to join us in our different teams across North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire County Council has a reputation for delivering high quality services. We are proud to be part of the DfE Partners In Practice, taking a national lead to share best practice and achieving good outcomes for children and their families. We are looking for social workers to join us on this journey, and help us continue to provide a unique and supportive service.

This is an exciting time for our social care services after recently receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted across all provisions. What better time to come and join us and help us continue to provide an outstanding service to North Yorkshire’s children and families.

Working as a children’s social worker and team manager for North Yorkshire County Council

At North Yorkshire County Council we pride ourselves on our dedicated and skilled workforce within our children’s social work service. Working as a social worker within our service means you will have access to excellent technology resources, allowing you to work from a number of bases. You will have the opportunity to take part in various inspirational training opportunities and continuous professional development throughout your role. Our service caseload is a lot lower than national average, which means the workload is not excessive and all of our cases are allocated. All of our social work teams also have retained admin staff providing Social Workers across their caseload.

In the recent health check survey staff reported:

  • 97% recommend North Yorkshire to be a good place to work
  • 94% respondents strongly agree or agree that North Yorkshire County Council is a learning organisation and has a positive learning culture.
  • 92% of social workers are mostly or completely satisfied with the quality of their supervision
  • 100% of social workers are happy with the frequency of their supervision.

We offer transparent, regular and supportive supervision to all staff, allowing an environment where all employees feel they can discuss any concerns openly. We are also proud to have no agency social workers within our teams, and continue to have a stable workforce across the county. Our recent Ofsted report commended us on our commitment to supporting and developing our staff:

“North Yorkshire local authority monitors workloads and has invested in the recruitment of social workers so that effective relationship work with children and families can be maintained. There is investment in the development of workers and managers, who are able to access opportunities to further enhance their practice.” – Ofsted 2018

We believe there are a number of reasons to join our children’s social work service, but above all we believe that it is our excellent team of staff that truly make it great.

About our children and young people’s service

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As we say in “Young and Yorkshire”, our children and young people’s plan, we want life chances increasingly to be in their own hands and not determined by geography or family circumstances. We also want to be an inclusive authority with high quality education provision and support which works well together across the spectrum of need, whilst meeting the reality of public sector funding. As an authority we are highly ambitious in the outcomes we seek for all children and young people. We are an exceptional, award winning children’s service, spreading innovative practice nationally.

The independent Local Government Association peer review was one of the most positive reports they had ever written: ‘North Yorkshire County Council is a very good council - its services are highly regarded and the peer review team witnessed areas of excellence… [it] has a clear understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that the county council and the county face.’

The review gave tremendous feedback to our children’s services, referring to them as outstanding and providing a beacon for other authorities grappling with the challenges of delivering excellent outcomes for families and children while operating under a constrained budget.

We are extremely proud of our recent children and families Ofsted report, rating us as outstanding in all provisions across our children’s social care services. We are currently the only local authority in the country to have gained this rating so this is a tremendous achievement for our workforce. Our main focus within children and families is now to maintain this success by continuing to offer an outstanding level of support to the children and young people of North Yorkshire.

We have a growing reputation for our children and young people’s service with unprecedented Ofsted outcomes and award winning innovation programmes. As a result, the local authority is one of the DfE “Partner in Practice” authorities. It is certainly a local authority which recognises the need for creativity and collaboration and for greater engagement of all in finding new solutions to historic challenges.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. Besides the fact our children’s service is recognised as one of the best in the country, we have a number of different reasons why the council is a great place to work.

Employee benefits

We are extremely lucky to have such a skilled and dedicated team of staff across our organisation and we strive to ensure that their hard work is paid back to our best ability. As an employee of the council, you can expect to receive a number of different benefits, including:

  • Flexible working hours - We understand that everyone has different personal circumstances and priorities outside of work. We therefore try to accommodate these by offering flexible working hours to our employees;
  • Generous leave entitlement - With a 23 day leave allowance, increasing by length of service, you will have plenty of time to enjoy life outside of work;
  • Access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package - This includes a number of different retail discounts, salary sacrifice schemes, childcare vouchers and home technology schemes;
  • Competitive rates of pay with opportunities for progression;
  • Access to a secure and flexible employee pension scheme; and
  • Ongoing professional support and development.

North Yorkshire is a beautiful place to live and work…

North Yorkshire really is a stunning, vibrant county with safe communities and excellent education. Over the past two years the new national crime figures have revealed North Yorkshire to be the safest place in England. It is rich in heritage and culture, in a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty with four national parks in easy reach, vibrant cities, market towns, quaint villages, stunning rural and coast landscapes. As a whole North Yorkshire offers some great employment opportunities for your family members along with over 87 per cent of children going to good or outstanding schools. A simply stunning location to live and work, we really do have it all!

The county benefits from excellent road and rail links, being half way between Edinburgh and London, with easy access via the East Coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London just two hours by train. North Yorkshire borders the Lake District, Lancashire, County Durham, and Yorkshire and Humber regions with all they have to offer.

To find out more about what it is like to work at North Yorkshire County Council take a look at the following video:

What our staff say...

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Here at North Yorkshire County Council we understand that a great staff team makes for a great council. We appreciate all of the work our employees do to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the young people in our county. We also understand that this job does not come without its demands, and we therefore strive to ensure that all members of staff receive ongoing support and guidance throughout their roles. Don’t just take it from us though, take a look at what our staff have to say about working as a social worker or team manager at the council…

Rebecca - children’s social worker

"I am now coming up to my year anniversary working for North Yorkshire County Council in a children’s safeguarding team. However cliché it may sound, I have been on a tremendous journey throughout the past year filled with highs and lows learning about the job, the demands it requires and the rewards it reaps.

North Yorkshire is the only council I interviewed for and wanted to work for due to the signs of safety culture that runs through the veins of our work to ensure children and families receive a high quality ,strength-based supportive service to enable them to make the positive changes needed.

North Yorkshire is committed to continued professional development and will help your practice strengthen and grow, such as the systemic training offered to practitioners and managers, due to being one of the Partners in Practice.

Child protection is notorious for being a short-lived profession where burn out comes quickly and easily. However, due to the support, training and time for reflection that my managers, team and council give me, I envisage many years to come as a social worker and beyond."

Louise - safeguarding team manager

"A day in the life of a team manager within the children and family service in North Yorkshire, can be challenging and no two days are the same. The post requires you to be flexible, hardworking and passionate about ensuring that children are safe and have the right support from professionals and their families.

We complete thorough assessments and use the signs of safety tool to assist us in gathering the children’s views and plan a way forward. We work with various professionals and have developed some strong working relationships in our localities, this enables us to do joint planning and provides children and families with consistency and good access to services.

The teams are friendly, diverse, with a wide range of skills, we are positive and are well supported by our colleagues within the county. The council offers a variety of training opportunities and the directorate is proactive in developing our practice and knowledge."

Our opportunities

We are seeking experienced team managers and social workers to join our dedicated teams across North Yorkshire. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of an organisation that is at the forefront of children’s social work and continues to influence the rest of the country through our ambitious and forward-thinking ways of working.

Please see below the different teams that currently have opportunities. To view more details about these specific vacancies and how to apply, please click on the position you are interested in:

Team manager safeguarding - Scarborough

Team manager multi agency screening team - Northallerton

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We look forward to hearing from you!

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