Children and families service - career opportunities

Explore 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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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 children's social care roles, whatever stage you are at in your career. 

We have a national reputation for excellence and we are keen to stay at the cutting edge of innovative childcare practice. We are looking for a range of social care practitioners, including social workers at all levels to join us. We would also welcome those who are looking to relocate to the area.

At North Yorkshire Council, we continue to invest in and support all practitioners during their career with us. This includes a range of advanced training to support our defined practice model.

In North Yorkshire, we want children, young people and their families to live happier and safe lives ensuring they have positive life chances and choices, to help them reach their full potential. In order to do this, we are looking for creative, adaptable and innovative social workers and social care practitioners to work for us.

North Yorkshire is a beautiful part of the country, this means when you are not at work, you have time for the things that really matter to you. 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.

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Our current job opportunities

Advanced teaching assistant - Northallerton

Title: Advanced teaching assistant
Salary: £23,893 to £25,119 per annum, pro rata
Grade: E
Vacancy hours: full time - 34.5 hours per week
Contract type: fixed term - term time contract until July 2025 
Weekend working: No
Closing date: 28 April 2024
Venue for interview: Northallerton

Apply online: Advanced teaching assistant - Northallerton

Learner support assistant - Northallerton

Title: Learner support assistant
Salary: £23,150 to £23,893 per annum pro rata
Grade: CD
Contract: fixed term only until July 2025
Hours: full time - 34.5 hours per week
Location: Northallerton
Closing date: 28 April 2024
Interview date: 1 May 2024
Venue for interview: Northallerton

Apply online: Learner support assistant - Northallerton

Children and families support worker - Scarborough

Title: Children and families support worker 
Grade/band: F
Contract type: permanent
Hours: various
Location: Scarborough
Weekend working: occasional
Closing date: 15 May 2024

Apply online: Children and families support worker - Scarborough

Policy and development officer - Temporary

Title: Policy and Development Officer (Temporary 12-month post)
Salary: £44,428- £48,474
Contract type: temporary
Vacancy hours: full time
Location: County Hall Campus, Northallerton
Weekend work: no
Closing date: 18 April 2024

Apply online: Policy and Development Officer

Policy, practice and development officer

Title: Policy, Practice and Development Officer
Grade: M
Salary: From £44,428 up to £48,474 per annum pro rata
Contract type: permanent
Vacancy hours: 14.5 hours on Thursdays and Fridays each week
Location: County Hall Northallerton. Flexible work bases and hybrid working available.
Weekend work: no
Closing date: 21 April 2024

Apply online: Policy, Practice and Development Officer

Instrumental instructor upper strings- Northallerton

Title: Instrumental instructor
Grade: unqualified teachers
Vacancy hours: 6 to 9 hours per week
Contract type: fixed term with option to extend
Salary: from £20,598 up to £32,134 per annum pro rata
Fixed term contract end date: 31 August 2025
Weekend working: no
Closing date: 12 April 2024

Apply online: Instrumental instructor - Northallerton

Youth Voice and Creative Engagement Officer - Hambleton and Richmondshire area

Title: Youth Voice and Creative Engagement Officer
Salary: from £35,745 up to £40,221 per annum pro rata 
Grade: JK
Vacancy hours: part time - 28 hours per week
Contract type: permanent
Location: Hambleton and Richmondshire area
Weekend working: occasional
Close date: 8 April 2024

Apply online: Youth Voice and Creative Engagement Officer - Hambleton and Richmondshire area

Clerk to governors - countywide

Title: Clerk to governors
Grade: F
Vacancy hours: various/flexible hours
Contract type: permanent - term time only
Salary: from £25,119 up to £26,873 per annum pro rata
Location: countywide
Closing date: 17 March 2024

Apply online: Clerk to governors - countywide

Medical Education Service coordinator - Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas

Title: Medical Education Service coordinator
Grade: teachers pay and conditions M1 – UPS 3
Salary: from £28,000 up to £43,685 per annum pro rata
Contract: temporary 12 month contract
Hours: full time
Locations: Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale - post is hybrid working with some travel across county necessary
Close date: 12 March 2024
Interview date: 19 March 2024

Apply now: Medical Education Service coordinator - Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas

Children and families social worker opportunities

If you are interested in exploring children and families social worker opportunities, please visit our children and families social worker opportunities page

Hear from some of our team

Hettie Flynn - Social Worker

"I have 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 is a really flexible place to work which I feel is really important for job satisfaction!"
- Hettie Flynn

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Sector-Led Improvement Partner

As a Sector-Led Improvement Partner, we are working with a range of other local authorities around the UK, helping to build a system that works for everyone.

Strength in relationships practice model 

Watch the video below to hear from Jo Miles, our Principal Social Worker, about the Strength in Relationships Practice Model.

For more information, you can email Joanna.Miles@northyorks.gov.uk.

Opportunities within North Yorkshire Council

All of our current vacancies require you to be a qualified social worker. If you are not qualified but are interested in pursuing a career in social work, please contact Samantha Clayton, Head of Effective Practice & QA on Samantha.Clayton@northyorks.gov.uk. Sam can offer advice, guidance and explore your career options with you. You can also find out more on our Children and Families Social Worker opportunities page.

As a large employer, we have many opportunities to support people wanting to become qualified social workers. Whether you are a student or considering a career switch, we have a diverse range of jobs and careers available within the children’s and young people’s services. 

What we offer:

  • work experience days
  • job fairs
  • short placements
  • career advice

Working for us - what we can offer you

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire for an experienced social work role, we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package.

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

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

You can find advice on making your application here.

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.