Children and families social worker opportunities in North Yorkshire

Whether you are starting your career in social work or wanting to change directions or progress, we have a range of opportunities available for qualified social workers.

Watch this video to hear from a variety of professionals in our children and families service.

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Dedicated to excellence: supporting families across the county. Recognised by Ofsted 2023.

There are a range of social work roles and locations across the county. You can earn from £35,745 to £44,428 plus a substantial relocation allowance.

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 practice, family finding, signs of safety and so much more!

In North Yorkshire, we want children, young people and their families to live happy 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.

Come and work in one of our children social work teams, this includes the family assessment and support team, the child permanence and reunification team and fostering and adoption. We are committed to working with children and their families to ensure they stay connected with their network and their community.

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Our leaders' journeys

Hear our leaders talk about their journeys and welcome you to our teams in these videos of Stuart Carlton and Mel Hutchinson. 

 

Our current social worker job opportunities

Be the change you trained to be.

Social worker – FAST (Family Assessment and Support Team) - Harrogate area

Title: Social worker - FAST (Family Assessment and Support Team)
Grade: JK
Salary: £35,745 to £40,221 per annum pro rata + relocation support
Vacancy hours: full and part time hours available
Contract type: permanent
Location: Harrogate area - flexible work and hybrid working available
Closing date: 24 July 2024

Apply online: Social worker FAST - Harrogate area

Social worker – FAST (Family Assessment and Support Team) - Selby area

Title: Social worker - FAST (Family Assessment and Support Team)
Grade: JK
Salary: £35,745 to £40,221 per annum pro rata + relocation support
Vacancy hours: part time hours available
Contract type: permanent
Location: Selby area - flexible work and hybrid working available
Closing date: 21 July 2024

Apply online: Social worker FAST - Selby area

Social Worker – Child Permanence and Family Reunification, Knaresborough area

Title: Social Worker – Child Permanence and Family Reunification
Grade: JK
Salary: From £35,745 up to £40,221 per annum pro rata, plus relocation support
Hours: Full and part time hours available. Flexible working can be discussed
Contract: Permanent
Location: Knaresborough area with flexible work bases and hybrid working
Closing date: 4 June 2024

Apply online: Social Worker – Child Permanence and Family Reunification

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Hear from some of our team

Watch this video of Rebekah speaking about her experience of working in Team North Yorkshire.

Baba - social worker

Watch this video of Baba speaking about her experiences as an international social worker joining us when new to the UK.

Jonny - social worker

Watch this video of Jonny speaking about the benefits, flexibility and support available to you. 

Wendy - social work apprentice

Watch this video of Wendy speaking about the route into social work through an apprenticeship.

Tom - social worker

Watch this video of Tom speaking about the support and professional career development we have available. 

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We are part of the Sector-led Improvement Programme, formerly known as Partner in Practice 

We lead the way in social work with children and their families through the Sector-Led Improvement programme. Our work is child-centred, and there is a clearly embedded model of practice based on building effective relationships with children, young people and families. We work collaboratively with other local authorities on a range of practice developments during their improvement journey.

Strength in Relationships Practice Model

Hear from Jo Miles, our Principal child and family social worker, about the Strength in Relationships Practice Model. 

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

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Development opportunities as a children and families social worker at the council

Empowering families, inspiring change, consecutively outstanding - rated by Ofsted 2018 and 2023.

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. Social workers have the support of our principal social worker who can guide on practice and talk to you about your social work career.

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. 

North Yorkshire is a beautiful part of the country. This means that 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 would encourage you to apply. We are open to a hybrid model of working, with time in the office and working from home. We are also open to discussion and agreements about office bases being nearest your home at a range of locations around the county.

We are dedicated to growing our employees within the council. Progression routes available for a social worker at the council:

  • Social Worker, Grade JK - salary £35,745 to £40,221
  • Advanced Practitioner - Grade L - salary £40,221 to £44,428
  • Practice Supervisor, Grade M - salary £44,428 to £48,474
  • Team Manager, Grade N - salary £48,474 to £52,504

Salaries are pro rata, per annum.

Watch this video of Sam Clayton, Head of Effective Practice and Quality Assurance, talking about the opportunities we have available.

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Are you interested in a career in social work?

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 and Quality Assurance, on Samantha.Clayton@northyorks.gov.uk. Sam can offer advice, guidance and explore your career options with you.

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. 

We offer:

  • work experience days
  • job fairs
  • short placements
  • career advice
  • work shadowing
  • social work placements
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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.

Find out more about working for the council and the benefits we offer.

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!

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Living and working in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work.

North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators.

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors including life satisfaction and happiness. Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, 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/ Edinburgh is just two hours away by train. 

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline - Yorkshire has much to offer.

North Yorkshire offers amazing employment opportunities for your family members, along with many schools which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

You can find out more about what North Yorkshire has to offer on the No place like North Yorkshire website.

Watch this video to see more of what North Yorkshire has to offer.

Relocating to North Yorkshire

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire, we provide information in our relocation policy and procedure.

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

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